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Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière

"Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière" sheds light on a relatively unexplored, but pivotal battle to secure a critical route inland for allied forces invading France on June 6, 1944. The fight for the La Fière causeway and bridge is regarded as one of the bloodiest small arms battles in U.S. military history, fought largely by paratroopers and glidermen from the 82nd Airborne Division. 

June 6th | 8 PM on LPB

Explore the contributions made by Louisianans on D-Day and throughout World War II

June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, which proved to be a turning point during World War II.  Louisiana citizens played important roles throughout the war effort, both on the front lines and on the home front, and D-Day was no exception.  The landing craft used during this pivotal operation were manufactured at Higgins Industries in New Orleans.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower later stated that the Higgins boats were “the boats that won the war for us.”  Learn more about the important contributions made by Louisianans on D-Day and throughout World War II.

Resource to Share with Parents: Free Tips by Text To Help Give Your Child a Bright Beginning!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting has partnered with @Bright by Text to bring the program to you! Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, neighbor, or babysitter, Bright by Text can make caring for a little one easier! To receive free tips and learning games directly to your phone, simply text LPB to 274448

Making and Tinkering with STEM--There's still time to register

Join nationally recognized educator and author Cate Heroman and Knock Knock Children's Museum's Maker Shop Specialist Alexandra Pearson for a one-day workshop exploring the fundamentals of STEM education in the classroom on June 12 or June 13 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

• Examine three aspects of maker education (tinkering, making, and engineering) and explore what these look like in early childhood settings (preschool through 3rd grade).

• Experience tinkering activities as a learner and then reflect as an educator of young children.

• Engage in first-hand exploration of design challenges linked to problems characters face in children’s picture books.

• Learn strategies for establishing an environment that inspires children to think creatively, take risks, and solve problems.

For more information and to register online, click HERE.

Year of Governors on the LDMA

2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA!  Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor every month.

This month, we’re continuing our series with Governor Dave Treen (1928-2009).  Treen, a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Metairie and Mandeville, represented Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District from 1973-1980.  He later served as Louisiana’s 51st Governor from 1980-1984 and holds the distinction as the first Republican Governor elected since Reconstruction.  He died on October 29, 2009, at age 81.

Check out the LDMA's stories (in French!) on the unique history and culture of the Acadians

This month on the LDMA, we’re showcasing stories related to Acadian history and culture.  These videos focus on multiple aspects of Cajun culture ranging from art, music, and religion to humor, food, and community celebrations.

Summer of Learning with PBS LearningMedia

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

It's a Summer of Learning with PBS LearningMedia:

Explore the solar system from your classroom! @OfficialReadyJetGo has resources to spark a love for space in any kid! (Grades PreK-3)

Today's astronomers and rocket scientists began their careers with an early interest in space. In this video from @NOVApbs many of the scientists who worked to send the "Curiosity" rover to Mars, share what sparked their love for space. (Grades 3-12)

Before humans could explore space, we had to create the rockets and engines to send them there. In this resource from @NOVApbs explore how @NASA engineers identified and solved problems with the F-1 rocket engines used during the Apollo missions. (Grades 6-8) 

Scientists are searching for life on Mars with the help of "Curiosity," the Mars rover. In this interactive lesson, students can explore all of the equipment and technology that helps the rover on its mission. (Grades 9-12)

Edcamp Watson Coming July 26th!

Come join Edcamp Watson for a free "unconference" event where the participants lead the learning on July 26, 2019 from 8 AM - 12:00 PM at Live Oak Middle School located at 8444 Cecil Drive in Watson. This is for early childhood educators through high school. Have fun and collaborate with educators as we prepare for the upcoming school year. 

Lunch will be provided and there will be lots of amazing door prizes!  Register HERE.  

For more information about statewide Edcamps, visit http://lpb.org/edcamp.

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June Programming Highlights

Sunday, June 2, 7:00pm - Downton Abbey Returns! Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie. Features new interviews with the cast and creators and never-before-seen video clips.

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00pm - PBS Previews: Chasing the Moon, Go behind the scenes with the production team to get a sneak peek of Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone coming to PBS this summer.

Thursday, June 6, 8:00pm - Seize and Secure: The Battle for La Fière sheds light on a relatively unexplored, but pivotal battle to secure a critical route inland for allied forces invading France on June 6, 1944. The fight for the La Fière causeway and bridge is regarded as one of the bloodiest small arms battles in U.S. military history. "Seize and Secure: The Battle for La Fiere" relies on the veterans who fought in the battle to retell the harrowing story. Mark Harmon (NCIS, The West Wing, Chicago Hope) narrates, with an original music score by Lauren Buchter, an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Composer to Watch. Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award-winner, C. E. Richard, wrote the script.

Saturday, June 8, 1:00-9:00pm - Les Misérables on Masterpiece Marathon Event, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece comes to television in this epic adaptation. Love, death and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world’s most beloved stories.

Saturday, June 15, 12:00-5:30pm - Reconstruction: America after the Civil War Marathon, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the definitive history of the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself amidst profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.

Wednesday, June 19, 7:00pm - The Nile: Rivers of Life (3-part series), Visit the Nile, the world's longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa's wildest beasts and for some of the world's most incredible cultures.

Wednesday, June 19, 8:00pm - When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time, Meet the ancient ancestors of four iconic creatures: crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants. Join top scientists on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and use 21st century technology to make exciting new discoveries.

Tuesday, June 25, 8:00pm - Tiananmen: Seven Weeks that Changed the World, Uncover the true story of the seven-week period that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead and laying the foundation for China's future.


LPB hopes you have an enjoyabe, fun and safe summer!  Enjoy these resources and continue to inspire and engage your students.  Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org