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Nominate a Louisiana Young Hero Today!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is proud to announce the 25th anniversary of the Louisiana Young Heroes program and the statewide call for nominations of students as Louisiana Young Heroes in 2020. A Young Hero is defined as an exceptional young person who has excelled in academics, given significantly of themselves through public service, overcome adversity, exhibited extraordinary heroism, or inspired others through their deeds and strength of character.

Nominees must be Louisiana students in grades 9-12, enrolled in an academic institution or homeschool program, and cannot be older than 18 years of age. Nominations and supporting materials are submitted through the online form. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is Monday, March 16, 2020.

The 2020 Louisiana Young Heroes will be announced on LPB’s weekly news and public affairs program Louisiana: The State We’re In, on the Louisiana Young Heroes Facebook page, and at Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be in April of 2020, when the Young Heroes will be treated to a day of activities including breakfast at LPB’s studios, and a luncheon in their honor where they will receive special awards and recognition.

Celebrating Black History Month with PBS LearningMedia

Check out these Black History resources on PBS LearningMedia for Middle and High School students!  If you don't have an account, sign up for a FREE one!  Remember, you can log into ALL THREE DIGITAL MEDIA LIBRARIES (Discovery, PBS LearningMedia and the Louisiana Digital Media Archive) at LPB's Education Page.

The Civil Rights Movement: Taking a Stand -- Show students how Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement in this video from @gpbmedia. (Grades 5-12)

Teaching Guide: Exploring The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 -- Do you teach "The Watsons Go To Birmingham — 1963?" This primary source analysis set with discussion questions and classroom activities from @digitalpubliclibraryofamerica is a foundation for a great classroom exploration of Paul Curtis' novel. (Grades 6-12)

Freedom Riders: Freedom Riders Challenge Segregation -- View newsreel footage, archival photos and interviews that explore how Freedom Riders made efforts to end segregation in the southern United States. (Grades 6-12) 

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise -- Explore the last 50 years of African American history in your classroom with educational resources from @HenryLouisGatesJr's "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise." (Grades 9-12)

Teaching the Civil War Through a New Lens Virtual Professional Learning Series

February 6 @ 6PM CST -- Focus on Technology: The American Civil War has been referred to as "Lincoln's War," the "War between the States," and the "War of the Rebellion." But many historians also call it the "first modern war" due to the technological and medical innovations of the time. This episode of our four-part series, “Teaching the Civil War Through a New Lens” focuses on technology: we’ll explore how these innovations shaped the war and the world, and will provide strategies and resources so educators can help their students understand and frame the importance of these innovations. Register NOW!

February 13 @ 6PM CST -- Focus on the Arts: In the second episode of our Virtual Professional Learning Series, Teaching the Civil War Through a New Lens, art will take center stage. Using the story of ‘Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story by Romare Bearden’ this one-hour conversation will explore how to increase the inclusion of different perspectives in teaching the American Civil War. How can we use the arts, then and now, to help students explore the experiences, memories, and impressions of enslaved Americans? Why did artists like Romare Bearden attempt to recast how we view slavery, the Civil War and reconstruction? How can teachers move past curriculum coverage to teach a more impressionable and reflective history of this country? Register NOW!

February 20 @ 6 PM CST -- Confronting Myths: Most educators agree that it is essential to teach students about the American Civil War. But doing so can be a difficult task, particularly given that existing narratives are steeped in misinformation and myth. In the last of our four-part series, “Teaching the Civil War through a New Lens” we’ll confront these myths head on with reporter Nikita Stewart and Kate Shuster. Nikita is the author of the New York Times’ 1619 Project essay, We are committing educational malpractice: Why slavery is mistaught — and worse — in American schools. Kate is an education researcher, author and project director for Teaching Tolerance’s Teaching Hard History initiative.  Register NOW!

LDMA: Black History Month

LPB has made 210 episodes of Folks, a minority affairs program that aired from 1981-1990, freely available for streaming here on the LDMA.  The series highlighted issues related to African Americans and other minority groups in Louisiana, as well as lighter stories highlighting the state’s unique culture.  Every February, the show highlighted Black History Month through a series of segments called Pause for Pride.  Start exploring some of these stories related to segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American culture.

Make your STEM Dreams Come True

The moment you have been waiting for is here - the Siemens STEM Day Possibility Sweepstakes is NOW OPEN! Enter daily for the chance to "fab" your lab with $10,000 worth of the latest and greatest gadgets like top-tier technology and state-of-the-art supplies for STEM education. The possibilities are endless, so be sure to enter every day!

Sweepstakes closes on April 28, 2020.

This sweepstakes is open to all Title 1 schools.

What is on your STEM wishlist? A 3-D printer? Maybe new chemistry equipment? Or some innovative computer software? Tell us using #IDreamofSTEM and #SiemensSTEMDay!

Cyberchase Text-to-Teacher Program (Grades 1-4)

Looking for free, STEM resources to use with students in grades 1-4? Sign up for the popular Cyberchase Text-to Teacher program from the award-winning PBS KIDS math series. Teachers receive text messages once a week throughout the school year with links to FREE, quality, STEM classroom resources from Cyberchase. Text LPB to 30644 today to receive messages throughout the school year. Message and data rates may apply.

Louisiana Student Film Festival

Have any future filmmakers in your class?  Encourage them to create a film that will inspire audiences.  Submissions due February 29th.  Click HERE for more details.

Teaching the Holocaust-Empowering Students

Join LPB and Echoes & Reflections on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9 AM-3:30 PM at LPB located at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge for a day of FREE professional development training that will give you the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust.  In exploring classroom-tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom, you will leave with increased confidence and effective materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject.  The why.  The how.  Register HERE!

February Programming Highlights

February 5 @ 7 PM: Nova: Polar Extremes -- Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places -- beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic -- uncover the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life.

February 12 @ 7 PM: Nature: Wild Florida -- Florida is home to beaches, coral reefs, pine forests and the famous Everglades wetland, but a growing human population and abandoned exotic pets like pythons are threatening this wild paradise. Can Florida’s ecosystems continue to weather the storm?

February 26 @ 7 PM: Louisiana Public Square: Hacked -- In July, four Louisiana public school districts were hit by computer hackers infecting networks with ransomware. In November, multiple state websites were cyberattacked, triggering a shutdown of servers and a disruption of some services. Just weeks later, the New Orleans’ mayor declared a state of emergency following a breach of the city’s entire computer network by ransomware software. So, how vulnerable are Louisiana’s computer systems to hacking? How can the state and its residents protect personal information from being compromised? And will conflicts with Iran lead to more aggressive cyberattacks against U.S. entities? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Hacked!” 

I hope you're able to enjoy and use these resources to inspire and engage your students!  Happy February!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen,