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Critical Math Lessons Begin Airing July 6th on LPB!

LPB's Learning@Home Site now featuring Critical Math Lessons Broadcast Schedule July 6-31!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, Great Minds, Illustrative Math (IM), and SchoolKit, will broadcast K-Algebra critical math lessons on LPB's main channel statewide. Weekly At-a-Glance schedules will be posted on the Learning@Home website and on LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page each week.

Great Minds Lessons: To download/print free Eureka Math curriculum materials, go to You will be prompted to set up a free account if you don’t already have one. 

Illustrative Mathematics: To download/print free Illustrative Mathematics curriculum materials, go to

Broadcasts will be available on your local LPB station, WLPB-DT - Baton Rouge (Channel 27-1 on most televisions), KLPA-DT - Alexandria (Channel 25-1 on most televisions), KLPB-DT - Lafayette (Channel 24-1 on most televisions), KLTL-DT - Lake Charles (Channel 18-1 on most televisions), KLTS-DT - Shreveport (Channel 17-1 on most televisions), KLTM-DT - Monroe (Channel 13-1 on most televisions), WYES (Channel 12-1 on most televisions)

  • Eureka Math instruction videos
    • Grades K-2, 12 Noon - 1:30 PM, T-TH
    • Grades 3-5, 12 Noon - 1:30 PM, M-W-F
  • Illustrative Math instruction videos
    • Grades 6-8, and Algebra, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Science and Social Studies documentaries linked to state standards
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, M-F
Do you have questions and concerns about the upcoming school year?

Submit your written or video questions to by Friday, July 17, and we’ll try and get you answers during the July Louisiana Public Square episode “Reopening Louisiana.” If you have problems with the URL, please submit your questions to including your name, city and title, i.e., “High School Science Teacher.”

Our panelists will include Louisiana’s new State Superintendent, Cade Brumley, Ph.D.; Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D., The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children; Keith Courville, Ph.D. with Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL); Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D., Commissioner of Higher Ed; Monty Sullivan, Ed.D. with the Louisiana’s Community and Technical College System (LCTCS); Barry Erwin with the Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL); and other early education, higher ed and K-12 guests.

“Reopening Education” airs Wednesday, July 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.  

A Look Ahead at Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers

Save the Dates! Virtual Professional Learning Series!

Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 21 to July 30, 11AM

  • July 21: Using Media to Deepen Understanding
  • July 23: Using Media to Know Better, Teach Better
  • July 28: Using Media to Amplify Student Voice
  • July 30: Using Media to Teach and Talk with Young Learners

Check soon for the events to be updated and for registration links HERE for all of the information you'll need.

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, sign up now! 

It's not too late to sign up for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on July 1st, July 8th, or July 15th at 10AM.  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that your students will enjoy!  Future webinars are always posted at the top of the LPB Learning@Home website.  You can also watch an archived webinar HERE.

Virtual Professional Learning Series -- Our Virtual Professional Learning Series is created for teachers - by teachers - to bring together content experts and educators from all backgrounds. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, these bite-sized opportunities are designed to connect educators with each other and PBS shows, themes, and content. With topics ranging from history to digital engagement, educators will find something they need to enhance their practice and perspective. Upon completion, PBS provides a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. (Educators-All Grade Levels)

Lupita Nyong'O: Skin | Sesame Street -- You can thank your skin for so many things! Actress @LupitaNyongo and @SesameStreet's @Elmo tell us all about skin and why they love the skin they're in. (Grades: PreK-1) 

Illuminating Earth Over a Year | Interactive Lesson -- Summer is a great time to learn about seasonal patterns! In this lesson, students work with data that represents changing daylight times, and consider the Earth–Sun relationship to explain opposite seasons in the hemispheres. (Grades: 3-5)

Strategy Mapping -- Students participate in an exercise meant to demonstrate the importance of proper perspective when engaging in the design thinking process in this video from NOVA Education. Students then proceed to build “strategy maps,” visual representations of the materials, resources, and people necessary to develop an innovative product and deliver it to end users. The strategy map is designed as a tool to help students to carefully think through the various elements that are integral to the innovation process in the real world. (Grades 9-13+)

Fun for Teachers -- Distance Learning in Style: Virtual Backgrounds from PBS KIDS for Zoom Lessons

LDMA: Louisiana Chefs

Watch LPB interviews with the Louisiana chefs and restaurateurs who have helped shape our cuisine.

In honor of National Culinary Arts Month, the LDMA is highlighting Louisiana chefs and restaurateurs throughout the month of July.  Watch LPB interviews through the years with the people who have shared one of Louisiana’s greatest exports with the nation and the world, our unique and flavorful cuisine. 

Save the Date -- Statewide Louisiana Virtual Edcamp

Mark your calendars for a statewide, virtual Edcamp on October 10, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM.  More information coming soon on the Statewide Partnership Edcamp website.

Teaching the Holocaust-Empowering Students -- Now being offered virtually!

Join LPB and Echoes & Reflections on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9 AM-3:30 PM for a FREE, virtual, 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!

July Programming Highlights

Saturday, July 4 @ 7:00pm -- A Capitol Fourth 2020 Description: Celebrate America's 244th birthday with the 40th anniversary of the Independence Day celebration for our entire nation.

Tuesday, July 21 & 28 @ 7:00pm -- Clinton: American Experience: Meet the president who rose from a humble Arkansas childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex men to ever stride across the public stage.

Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00pm -- Louisiana Public Square: Reopening Education”: COVID-19 triggered the closing of all of Louisiana’s public and private schools serving over 800,000 K-12 students. Colleges and universities closed through the spring semester and just one-third of early learning centers remain open. Students will have lost the equivalent of nine weeks of in-person instruction as they head into summer, when learning loss normally occurs.

So, what will Louisiana’s next school year look like? Are longer school days in the future? What are the consequences of postponed performance tests? Will tuition rise? And how successful can online instruction be when one-third of the state’s students lack internet access?

Wednesday, July 29 @ 10:00pm -- The Flu that Killed 50 Million: 1918. As the Armistice bells ring out across the world to celebrate the end of the Great War, a silent killer makes its way home with the soldiers. The Spanish Flu will kill up to one third of the world's population, more than both world wars combined. From the soldier who carried the virus to the Western Front, to the doctor who started the fightback, follow the compelling human stories behind this seismic chapter of history. With new evidence revealed for the first time, this documentary tracks the dramatic race to stop the pathogen spreading. The clock is ticking.