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Summertime is here! Happy Father's Day to all the dads. I hope each of you enjoy your summer vacation. There are some amazing resources to spark your imagination and provide new innovative resources to engage students for the upcoming new school year. The newsletters are achived online, so if you miss an edition or lose it in your email, you can always go back and take a look. Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page! This way you won't miss any opportunities that might pop up that weren't in the newsletter and you'll get daily curriculum resources in your feed daily.

1. Become a PBS Media Literacy Educator! Get recognized for your expertise in media literacy by one of the most trusted organizations in media. Whether you’re already a media literacy expert or looking to hone your skills, @PBSTeachers & @KQEDEducation have a path to certification for you. Get started at What are the perks? Showcase your media literacy mastery with a certificate and digital badge, announce your certification to school and district leaders with a letter of recognition from PBS and KQED, and lead virtual and in-person PD events facilitated by PBS and LPB!

2. Did you know? PBS TeacherLine offers professional development courses specially designed for early elementary teachers! Our expert facilitators will help you tackle familiar teaching challenges with new ideas and proven methods. Use code "LEARNWITHPBS" to save 20% on any full-priced, facilitated TeacherLine course. Courses start June 13th.

3. WGBH has published four new resources to the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™ Collection in PBS LearningMedia. The resources video clips and lesson plans focused on dance and the visual arts. Support materials include a background essay and recommended reading list for teachers and activity handouts for students. (PreK-1, PreK-2) Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"

4. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! sub-collection has a new Teacher's Guide: Building Bridges. This resource was developed under the Ready to Learn grant and helps educators teach students about what it takes to build a successful bridge using the Engineering Design Process. The guide includes video clips from the show to demonstrate key concepts. (Grades PreK-3)

5. The Great American Read Collection in PBS LearningMedia has been updated to include 15 video clips from the show. (Grades 7-12). The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. This LearningMedia collection highlights books from The Great American Read that find their ways into classrooms and onto summer reading lists. It includes additional resources across PBS partners that contextualize the authors and the impact these books have had on specific readers and throughout history.

6. Three new MASTERPIECE resources have been published featuring the recent film, Little Women. These have been added to the MASTERPIECE Collection in a new subtopic for Louise May Alcott. The support materials include a Student Reading and Teaching Tips. (Grades 6-9)

7. History tells us that César Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this story is the equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huertawho tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez becoming one of the most influential feminists of the Twentieth Century. Like so many powerful female advocates, Dolores Huerta, her sweeping reforms and important contributions, were, and still are, largely overlooked and even dismissed in current day American History courses. Check out the Dolores Huerta Collection and look at four lessons, developed in support of PBS Independent Lens program Dolores, inviting teachers and students to rectify the historical record by accurately situating Dolores Huerta as one of the most influential and formidable American civil rights leaders. By watching the full film, or integrating selected film segments within each lesson, students have the opportunity to be inspired by her ongoing work and struggle to secure civil rights for marginalized communities across many sectors of society. In addition to video clips from the program, four lesson plans (in English and Spanish) have been published. These four lessons, developed in support of PBS Independent Lens program Dolores, invite teachers and students to rectify the historical record by accurately situating Dolores Huerta as one of the most influential and formidable American civil rights leaders. Strategies to support ELL learners are included throughout these lessons. (Grades 6-12)

8. As another hurricane season starts, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting stories on Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and the ongoing efforts to restore the state’s coastline. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana loses an average of a football field every 100 minutes. For decades, LPB has covered this critical issue. Check out the blog post and related videos. 

9. Utilize the new Dig Into Mining suite of no-cost High School resources to reinforce core math and science concepts through interactive group learning! Brought to you by Discovery Education and Freeport-McMoRan, each classroom extension is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and comes complete with a class warm-up, partner activity, and small group challenge. Designed to help students in Grades 6-12 develop key STEM, critical thinking and problem-solving skills through meaningful research and collaboration, these lesson plans will be a great addition to your curriculum!

10. June Programming Highlights for your personal and educational pleasure:
WALLANDER SEASON 4 ON MASTERPIECE: Sunday, June 3 starting at 5:30PM, Kenneth Branagh stars as Inspector Kurt Wallander in the Swedish sleuth's farewell episodes, bringing the beloved, Emmy nominated series to a poignant end. Branagh gives a heartbreaking performance of a gritty cop starting to lose his grip. See all three episodes back-to-back!
SHETLAND Season 3: Sundays at 10PM, Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves' bestselling detective series returns for a third season as DI Jimmy Perez faces a gripping new single mystery. When a young man disappears on the overnight ferry to Shetland, the team embarks on a challenging case that leads them from the suspicious close-knit communities of the remote Shetland Islands to Perez's old stomping grounds in Glasgow.
WATER WAYS: Wednesday, June 6 at 7PM,Three documentaries, part of the Water Ways series produced by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, explore the challenges facing communities living on Louisiana's imperiled coastline. Director Kira Ackerman's Station 15 (Audience Award, 2017 New Orleans Film Festival, Katie Mathews' Keepers of the Mounds, and John Richie's Diversion will accompany the 2018-19 Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, which arrives in Louisiana June 23.
WILD KRATTS MARATHON: Friday, June 15 from 5AM to Noon & 2PM to 5PM, Have a day filled with the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal's life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment, all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers' brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love. 
BREAKING BIG: Fridays at 8PM starting 6/15, Hosted by Carlos Watson, an Emmy® Award-winning journalist and co-founder and CEO of, Breaking Big explores the twists and turns on the road to thriving careers for some notable figures in various fields. Trace the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women – from country music superstar Jason Aldean and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels and chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang – who overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds to reach and reimagine their own potential and, ultimately, to break big.

Have fun and laugh a lot this summer! I hope you're able to find something you can use in the new school year. Stay cool! 

Take care, Nancy Tooraen