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LPB sponsoring statewide Edcamps being offered in January!

Find one near you! Edcamp is the “unconference” professional development model, in which teachers lead their own learning experiences. Edcamps are free to attendees, ensuring that all local educators have access to them. Edcamps are open to all grade levels, but we'd like to extend a special invitation to those who work in various learning environments, including informal and childcare settings. Early childhood educators will have an opportunity to share in professional experiences and discuss best practices for fostering early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. Check out an Edcamp near you and register for FREE today! 

PBS KIDS: Virtual Professional Learning For Educators

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Please come along with us, Daniel Tiger and his friends as we explore creative ways to weave social and emotional learning into your classroom on January 8th @ 6PM.

This virtual professional learning adventure is designed and led by fellow educators, and is the third in our four part ‘Learning with Littles’ series for Pre K-2 educators. The hour-long session will highlight exciting resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom.

Led by PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Ashley Judd and Mallory Mbalia, this session is one that you do not want to miss. We’ll specifically focus on demonstrating empathy and perseverance, and other behaviors that those of us in PreK-2 classrooms will readily recognize!

If you are unable to attend the live virtual event, we will send a recording of the event in a follow-up email to all registrants. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for the one hour virtual professional learning event. Register NOW!

Louisiana Public Square Taping: The Value of Teachers

If you are interested in participating in January's Louisiana Public Square: The Value of Teachers on Wednesday, January 16th, please email publicsquare@lpb.org.  You will need to arrive by 6:15 p.m. Free food and beverages are provided. Recording begins at 7p.m. and ends just after 8:00.

“The Value of Teachers”

Louisiana public school teachers returning to the classroom in January, may see a pay increase on the horizon. Governor John Bel Edwards says his top priority for the 2019 legislative session is funding a teacher pay raise. Educators in the South earn an average of $50,955 annually, In Louisiana, the average is $49,745.

But, some teacher advocates already are complaining that the Governor’s proposed $1,000 bump in pay is too low. So, what is an adequate raise? How will a salary increase and teacher retirement costs be funded? Should support staff be included in the mix? And what can local communities expect in exchange for higher teacher pay? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “The Value of Teachers” on Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Program recording Wednesday, January 16.)

Our panelists are:

  • Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; Senate Education Committee
  • Michael Faulk, Louisiana Association of School Superintendents
  • Debbie Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators  
  • Donald Songy, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Bel Edwards Beth Courtney, LPB CEO and Barry Erwin, president of the Council for A Better Louisiana will host.
Free STEM Resources by Text for Elementary Teachers

Cyberchase, the award winning PBS KIDS math series, is pleased to announce a texting program for teachers of grades 1-3.  Teachers will receive a text message once a week with a link to free, quality, STEM classroom resources from Cyberchase.  Sign up now!  Text LPB to 30644

Healthy New Year with the LDMA!

Get inspired to keep your New Year’s resolutions with our best health stories in the Louisiana Digital Media Archives!  As we ring in 2019, many people will start making a New Year’s resolution to start leading a healthier lifestyle.  The LDMA is here to provide you with some inspiration throughout the month of January by highlighting some of our best health stories.  You can get ideas for healthy and delicious recipes, learn how to incorporate exercise into your daily life, and see other people’s success stories.  

New Year, New Fun with PBS LearningMedia!

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

Olive's New Year's Resolutions | The Odd Squad: Grades K-3 - In this fun clip from @OddSquadPBS, students will learn about counting down, a perfect lesson for the New Year!

Harry's New Year's Eve | Cyberchase: Grades 3-5 - What's the easiest way to estimate the number of people in a large area? In this clip from @cyberchase, Harry uses a grid to estimate the number of people in Times Square for New Years Eve.

Why New Year's Resolutions Fail | Braincraft: Grades 6-12 - Only 8 percent of those who set New Year's resolutions achieve them. So why do most resolutions fail? @Braincraft explains.

Are Your New Year's Resolutions Bound to Fail? | PBS Idea Channel: Grades 9-12 - Why are New Year's resolutions so hard to keep? @PBSIdeaChannel explores.

PBS KIDS Games App!

Teachers, looking for great learning games your students can play? Try the PBS KIDS Games App! Games feature your students' favorite @PBSKIDS characters, are designed with learning goals in mind, and can be played without Wi-Fi once downloaded! 

PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App!

With 12 science-inquiry games that take learning from the screen to the classroom to the outdoors, the @PBSKIDS Play and Learn Science App is the perfect app for all of your little scientists!

GREAT PERFORMANCES - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2019, Tuesday, January 1 at 8 & 9:30 PM, Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein. Hosted by Hugh Bonneville and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.

NATURE: Attenborough & the Sea Dragon - Wednesday, January 9 at 7PM, Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the Ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs.

THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK - Wednesdays at 9PM starting January 9, Learn how six dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, shaped the world. How did they seize and lose power? What forces were against them? Learn the answers in these six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power.

THE STUARTS: A BLOODY REIGN - Wednesdays at 10PM starting January 9, The Royal House of Stuart was the ruling dynasty of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland for 111 years, by way of seven monarchs. Altogether, the Stuart dynasty lived through arguably the most eventful, bloodthirsty and trying period in British history, from 1603 until 1714. This series, hosted by Professor Kate Williams reassesses the royal house's history and legacy in a new and unique way.

VICTORIA SEASON 3 ON MASTERPIECE - Sundays at 8PM starting January 13, It is 1848, and revolution is breaking out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young but fearless monarch, facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign.

Join Friends of LPB as we celebrate the highly anticipated Season 3 of Victoria on Sunday, January 6th at the LPB studios. Spend the afternoon sipping tea paired with delicious pastries. You will enjoy a sneak preview of the new season, before anyone else!  Click here to purchase your tickets today!

NATURE-Equus: Story of the Horse, Wednesdays, January 16 at 7PM & January 23 at 8PM, Travel around the world with anthropologist Niobe Thompson to uncover the history of mankind's relationship with the horse. Discover the habits and biology of these majestic animals and ride along with the world's last nomadic tribes.

LPB wishes all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  Take care, Nancy Tooraen