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Molly of Denali Premiers July 15th!

Produced by WGBH Boston, the newest PBS KIDS series, MOLLY OF DENALI, will premiere July 15 as the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature a Native American lead character. MOLLY OF DENALI follows 10-year-old Molly Mabary, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures, from fishing and building snow forts, to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled. Designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts, the series uses books, field guides, historical archives, maps, charts, posters and more to enhance each of Molly’s adventures. The Molly of Denali website and digital games will also launch in July, followed by the Molly of Denali mobile app in August, through which kids will use informational text to fish for salmon, create beaded designs and care for sled dogs.  Click HERE to learn more about Molly.

July 15 | 7:30 AM on LPB, 11 AM LPB KIDS, 3 PM LPB, 6 PM LPB KIDS

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.  Each text message has a link to a landing page with more information, including short modeling videos, related books, games and other resources.

Text LPB to 274448 now to try it! 

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 Buddy Roemer (b. 1943).  Roemer, a native of Bossier Parish, served as a delegate to the 1973 Constitutional Convention and represented Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District from 1981-1988.  He later served as Louisiana’s 52nd Governor from 1988-1992.  In a rare move for a sitting governor, Roemer changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in March 1991.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with our stories on the space program!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, the LDMA is highlighting stories about the work of NASA and the space program.  The space program has been responsible for technological innovations that have transformed our daily lives and for expanding our understanding of the universe through space exploration.  Additionally, Louisiana is home to the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which has played a vital role in constructing parts for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station.

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 | Literacy with PBS LearningMedia:

Something's not quite right at the Perfect Pup Institute. Watch this episode of "Martha Speaks" with your students to find out what's going on! (Grades K-1)

These high school students have definitely worked their way to the top of the food chain! Watch their' stop motion video with your class to learn about the food chain. (Grades K-12)

Creativity sparks innovation. Watch as students create comics using drawing tablets. Show us how you get creative in your classroom! (Grades 6-12)

The Handmaid's Tale has a strong cultural influence that goes beyond the novel and @Hulu show. Students can connect the symbols used in the show to historical ones. (Grades 11-12)

Target offering Teacher Discount July 13-20

Target is working with third-party verification service SheerID to verify eligibility. Sign up for the coupon – valid July 13-20 in stores and online – at Target.com/teacherprep.

The discount is geared toward K-12 teachers, but Target will also offer the savings to teachers working at day care centers, early childhood learning centers and home schooling parents and teachers.

"We can take any document that ties your name and/or email address to an educational system" for verification, Target says in frequently asked questions. "Eligible guests who are not able to validate online can visit their local Target store and present their ID to the cashier for assistance."

Other documents that can be submitted include a school ID card, letter of employment on school letterhead, current pay stub and official documents.

For teachers able to verify the information online, the coupon will be emailed.

Here’s what is included in the weeklong teacher discount:

  • All school supplies, including: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, binders, arts and crafts items like markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue and classroom storage.
  • Essentials: disinfecting wipes, facial tissue, hand sanitizer and food storage bags.
  • Bullseye’s Playground.
  • Pillowfort furniture.
  • Men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, including performance, basics and shoes.
  • Exclusions: Electronics, backpacks, lunch bags, trial & travel size items, swim, sleepwear, Fan Central, clearance, items sold and shipped by Target+TM Partners and Levi’s Red Tab are excluded.
Don't Miss Edcamp Watson on July 26th! Register now!

Come join Edcamp Watson for a free "unconference" event where the participants lead the learning on Friday, 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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July Programming Highlights

Wednesday, July 3, 7 PM: The Mississippi: Rivers of LifeSee the many faces of the massive, muddy Mississippi. Its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA, from the frozen north to the nation's agricultural heart to mysterious southern swamps where alligators still rule.

July 8, 9 & 10, 8 PM: Chasing the Moon - The three-part, six-hour film tells the entire story of the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the first lunar landing. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Stone, “Chasing the Moon” relives the journey that defined a generation.

Part One -Explore the early days of the space race, the struggle to catch up with the Soviet Union and the enormous stakes in the quest to reach the moon. This episode reveals both the breathtaking failures and successes of the developing U.S. space program.
Part Two - Discover what it took to beat the Soviet Union to the moon in the space race. In the turbulent and troubled '60s, the U.S. space program faced tragedy with Apollo 1, but made a triumphant comeback with Apollo 8.
Part Three - Experience the triumph of the first moon landing, witnessed by the largest TV audience in history. But dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.

Wednesday, July 17, 8 PM: 8 Days: To the Moon and Back - Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

Wednesday, July 24, 9 PM: The five-part NOVA “The Planets” (July 24 – August 14) tells the dramatic story of our solar system, spanning billions of years through the discoveries of the most groundbreaking space missions.  The series treats viewers to an up-close look at faraway worlds, including Saturn’s 45,000-mile-wide rings, Mars’s ancient waterfalls and Neptune’s winds—five times stronger than any hurricane felt on Earth.

LPB hopes you have a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy the rest of the HOT summer!  Continue to inspire and engage your students.  Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org