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Get Creative and Artsy for the New Year with PBS LearningMedia!

Check out these resources on PBS LearningMedia for PreK-2, 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.

Read Good Books!: Origami | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures -- Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is a great way for students to learn about shapes and practice following directions. How have you used origami in your classroom? (PreK-2)

Get Smart with the Arts! -- Did you know that arts activities can help prepare kids for success in school? Acting out stories using homemade props or drawing are easy ways to add arts to playtime. (Grades 2-8)

Lettering Artistry with Jessica Hische | KQED Art School -- Meet Jessica Hische, a lettering artist in San Francisco. She takes students through her studio and a day in her life as an artist. (Grades 6-12) 

Teaching the Civil War Through a New Lens: Live Q&A with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Teachers, you’re invited to an exclusive live conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 6-7 PM! This one-hour conversation will explore topics on the lasting impact of the American Civil War, the following period of Reconstruction and the ways in which these historical events continue to impact our nation’s psyche. How can we look past the required curriculum to teach the history of this country? How can we incorporate current events into lessons from the past? You will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Gates questions, so come prepared for a rich, deep and honest conversation that will help you connect to your students, and help make yesterday’s lessons relevant today.  Register NOW!

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!

January TeacherLine Courses Now Enrolling

Start the New Year off with anytime, anywhere online PD --  The January 2020 PBS TeacherLine courses are now open for enrollment.  Courses begin January 15, and you can enroll through January 17.

Use Promo Code "JOLLYPD" to Save 10% On PBS TeacherLine Facilitated Courses

LDMA: Look Back at the Inaugurations of Past Louisiana Governors Dating back to 1956

In honor of Inauguration Day 2020 on January 13th, the LDMA is looking back at past Louisiana inaugurations dating back to 1956.  Highlights of the two earliest inaugurations from 1956 and 1964 are available from the Brooks Read Collection at the Louisiana State Archives.  Since 1980, LPB has provided live coverage of every inauguration, including the swearing-in of the statewide elected officials, the Governor’s inaugural address, and the celebrations surrounding each ceremony. 

Statewide Louisiana Edcamps Starting This Month!

Have you registered yet for an Edcamp?  If you haven't, you really need to experience one!  It's always FREE, great networking opportunities, learn from your peers and share ideas, and leave feeling energized and empowered.  There are ALWAYS great prizes!  Edcamp BR is scheduled for January 25, 2020 and is now registering.  Edcamp NLA is scheduled for February 1, 2020 and is now registering.  Always check the Statewide Partnership Edcamp website for updated statewide Edcamps coming soon near you.

Classroom Resources from MASTERPIECE on PBS LearningMedia

Visit the MASTERPIECE collection on PBS LearningMedia for a treasure trove of videos from MASTERPIECE films. Each clip is supported by essays and teaching tips, offering an innovative way of accessing, understanding, and analyzing classic literature adapted for the screen.

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!

January Programming Highlights

January 6 @ 8 PM: McCarthy: American Experience -- Explore the rise and fall of the notorious senator who led a Cold War crusade against Communists. His zealous campaign to root out those he viewed as enemies of the state would test the limits of American decency and democracy.

January 8 @ 7 PM: Nature: The Whale Detective -- A filmmaker investigates his traumatic encounter with a 30-ton humpback whale that breached and almost landed on him while he was kayaking. What he discovers raises far bigger questions about humans’ relationship with whales and their future.

January 22 @ 7 PM : Louisiana Public Square: Vaping in Louisiana -- Congress has passed a provision that would ban the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes to anyone under 21. The move comes in response to public pressure to reduce the soaring rates of teen vaping. Between 2015 and 2017, vaping increased among Louisiana high school students by 48.2% and among middle school students by 65.4%. Since August, nearly 2,300 people nationwide have been diagnosed with lung illnesses related to vaping, and 54 have died, including 2 from Louisiana. As a candidate in 2019, Governor John Bel Edwards voiced support for a ban on the sale of flavored vapor products. But, is the flavoring attracting younger users or the nicotine?  What role do illegal cartridges play in creating lung issues? And how have e-cigarettes moved from a safer alternative for adult smokers to a new health risk for juveniles? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on this month’s edition of LPS.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and exciting New Year!  I hope you're able to use some of these resources this month.

Take care, Nancy Tooraen,