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Don't miss Edcamp Lafayette on February 9th!

Join us on Saturday, February 9th for Edcamp Lafayette at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Scott, LA from 8 AM-12:30 PM.  Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.  Come enjoy great food, networking and lots of door prizes!  Register now for FREE!

Professional Development PBS TeacherLine Bootcamp for Educators: Power Up Shared Reading

The Power Up Shared Reading experience is a five-day bootcamp built to give K-3 teachers a crash course in Shared Reading through short, 20 minute daily activities delivered to your inbox that are designed to instruct and inspire.  You'll learn the nuts and bolts of this powerful teaching strategy, all while using our template and your own carefully selected text to develop a unique, week-long Shared Reading plan for your classroom.  Throughout the bootcamp, you'll observe other teachers in action, share ideas in a discussion forum and get feedback from your instructor.  By the last day, every in the bootcamp will be ready to add their work to a resource bank which all participants will have access to.  This course promises to power up your instructional strategies while building joy and excitement in your young readers!

To get started in the bootcamp, sign up now!  You'll receive directions on how to complete your enrollment and kick-off your Shared Reading experience!

The LDMA Features Black History Month

During the month of February, the LDMA is highlighting Black History Month.  Explore our videos about Louisiana history during the periods of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. Also, be sure to check out the complete Black History Month topic to see more stories and interviews with black Louisianans who have made significant contributions to the state.

We’re commemorating the 100th birthday of Grambling State University Coach Eddie Robinson! February 13, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Coach Eddie Robinson (1919-2007).  Robinson, a native of Jackson, Louisiana, coached the football team at Grambling State University from 1941-1997.  During his tenure, he became the first NCAA coach to win 400 games and ended his career with a total of 408 wins.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA!  Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor on the 15th of every month. This month, we’re continuing our series with Governor Earl K. Long, the younger brother of Governor Huey P. Long.  Long, a native of Winn Parish, served as Lieutenant Governor from 1936-1939 and ascended to the governorship in 1939 following the resignation of Governor Richard Leche due to the Louisiana Scandals.  In all, Long served three non-consecutive terms as Louisiana’s 45th Governor from 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960.  He died on September 5, 1960, during his campaign for Louisiana’s 8th Congressional District.

Black History and Creative Expression Resources in PBS LearningMedia

If you don't have a PBS LearningMedia acount, sign up at https://lpb.org/education and create an account for FREE!

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)

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

Have your students ever seen an Irish Jig? In this live-action short from @PinkaliciousAndPeterrific students will learn about choreography and the hard work that goes into creating and practicing a dance. (PreK-1)

It's easy for young students to talk about their own artwork, but what about someone else's? Take a virtual gallery walk and have students practice talking about others' work! (PreK-1)

Sesame Street in Communities: “Languagizing” with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Language is the single best early predictor of how children will perform when they enter formal schooling. As caring grown-ups, we can encourage healthy language development by having rich conversations and creating interactive, language-rich environments.

In this webinar, on February 13, 2019 at 12 PM, hear from Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kathy is a researcher in the areas of language, play, and child development. She’s also a long-time Sesame Street advisor. Listen in as she shares Six Languagizing Principles that you can apply in your work with young children.

Learning Goals:

  • Learn the six languagizing principles
  • Explore ways to incorporate the principles into your interactions and environments

Click here to register for this webinar. 

Discovery Education: Innovation Generation--Making an Impact

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education have built Innovation Generation—Making an Impact to bring making and doing into classrooms nationwide. This STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary program invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making, and doing.

Its exciting activities include a Virtual Field Trip to a Stanley Black & Decker MakerspaceInnovation Generation also sponsors a competition with online voting to nominate a school to win their own $25,000 Makerspace from Stanley Black & Decker. For Grades 6–12.

February Programming Highlights

The Queen Mother (Parts 1 & 2), Sunday, February 3 at 9PM - This moving profile reveals the dramatic inside story of the Queen Mother’s tumultuous life, from royal power struggles to the darkness of World War Two. With testimonies from royal experts and insiders, as well as extensive archive materials, The Queen Mother forensically examines the life of a woman with a will of iron, determined to protect the British monarchy.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Saturday, February 9 at 7PM - For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion.

In this feature documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE, Lafayette and Cajun Country, LA, Friday, February 15 at 8PM - In this episode, Samantha is in Louisiana! She is instantly engulfed in Cajun and Zydeco music at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The journey continues with a visit to Tabasco to learn the 5-year process of bottling the hot sauce, followed by a kayak tour through the local swamps.

B.B. King: AMERICAN MASTERS, Tuesday, February 19 at 10PM - B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend. The film explores King’s life and career through candid interviews with the man himself, his family, longtime friends, and fellow music contemporaries such as Bono, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Johnny Winter, and more.

Have a great February and remember to express yourself creatively this month.

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org