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Last Chance to Nominate a Louisiana Young Hero!

Nominate a Young Hero now! A Young Hero is defined as an exceptional young person who has excelled in academics, given significantly of themselves through public service, overcome adversity, exhibited extraordinary heroism, or inspired others through their deeds and strength of character.

Nominees must be Louisiana students in grades 9-12, enrolled in an academic institution or homeschool program, and cannot be older than 18 years of age. Nominations and supporting materials are submitted through the online form. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is Monday, March 16, 2020.

The 2020 Louisiana Young Heroes will be announced on LPB’s weekly news and public affairs program Louisiana: The State We’re In, on the Louisiana Young Heroes Facebook page, and at Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be Tuesday, April 21, when the Young Heroes will be treated to a day of activities including breakfast at LPB’s studios, and a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in their honor, where they will receive special awards and recognition.

Louisiana Young Heroes is being presented with the generous support of the Propane Dealers of Louisiana. With the additional sponsorship of Hancock Whitney Bank and DEMCO. Thank you sponsors!

LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars! (Quick Turnaround if You're Interested)

Texas Space Grant Consortium Summer Institute For Middle and High School Educators 

Applications due: March 2, 2020

June 21 – June 26, 2020 


• Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers 
• Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston 
• Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities aligned to educational standards 
• Career Exploration 
• Teacher Feature (sharing of classroom lessons and activities) 
• Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions 


1. Currently employed as a 4-12 grade classroom educator
2. Minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop
3. Demonstrate willingness to share information with others
4. Must be a U.S. citizen 

• Out-of-State: $750 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas • Applications: Must be submitted online

Take LPB's 2020 Survey by March 20th for a chance to win a 55" Smart TV!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Louisiana’s statewide public television network, wants to learn more about the public’s viewing habits. At the start of a new decade in a rapidly changing media landscape, LPB is launching its 2020 Viewer Survey to gather public input and information about how viewers watch LPB content, what LPB programs are valued most, and how LPB can better serve the citizens of Louisiana. Today, media content is available on a wide array of devices and platforms, and LPB wants to make sure it creates and presents content that enhances the lives of all Louisianans and that viewers can watch public television programs when they want and where they are. The short survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and respondents who complete the survey by Friday, March 20 will be entered to win a 55-inch Smart TV. THANK YOU!

Celebrating Girl Power with PBS LearningMedia

Check out these Girl Power resources on PBS LearningMedia for Elementary, Middle and High School students!  If you don't have an account, sign up for a FREE one!  Remember, you can log into ALL THREE DIGITAL MEDIA LIBRARIES (Discovery, PBS LearningMedia and the Louisiana Digital Media Archive) at LPB's Education Page.

Change the World | Sesame Street -- "When I grow up, oh, what can I be?" Encourage girls to dream big with @SesameStreet's inspirational anthem teaching self-empowerment! (Grades PreK-1)

SciGirls -- The @SciGirlsTV are changing how millions of girls think about STEM! In this collection, the SciGirls incorporate technology into fashion, gather scientific data on turtles, explore the field of ecology, and much more. (Grades 5-8) 

The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers | Cynthia Erenas -- Meet student roboticist Cynthia Erenas! Encourage girls to explore a career in aerospace and mechanical engineering through Cythia's inspirational journey, from @NOVApbs's “The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers.”  (Grades 6-12)

How Outstanding Women in STEM Overcame Obstacles: Lesson Plan | PBS NewsHour -- Use resources from @Newshour to explore the careers of 19 great women in STEM and the obstacles they overcame. (Grades 9-12)

Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources.  Check out the Ken Burns in the Classroom Collection on PBS LearningMedia!

Media Literacy Educator Certification

Earn eight media literacy micro-credentials and automatically become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator

PBS Certified Media Literacy Educators have demonstrated mastery with 

  • evaluating, creating, and sharing media effectively to support their own learning
  • designing and implementing instruction and assessing student learning of these same skills

Once certified, you'll receive a letter of recognition from PBS to share with your school and district leaders. 

Certification is free.  Click HERE for more information.

Explore these inspiring stories in commemoration of Women’s History Month!

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the LDMA is highlighting the stories of Louisiana’s Trailblazing Women!  All of these women have made their mark in Louisiana and beyond in diverse fields, including government, the arts, science, business, and the military.

Make your STEM Dreams Come True

The moment you have been waiting for is here - the Siemens STEM Day Possibility Sweepstakes is NOW OPEN! Enter daily for the chance to "fab" your lab with $10,000 worth of the latest and greatest gadgets like top-tier technology and state-of-the-art supplies for STEM education. The possibilities are endless, so be sure to enter every day!

Sweepstakes closes on April 28, 2020.

This sweepstakes is open to all Title 1 schools.

What is on your STEM wishlist? A 3-D printer? Maybe new chemistry equipment? Or some innovative computer software? Tell us using #IDreamofSTEM and #SiemensSTEMDay!

Teaching the Holocaust-Empowering Students

Join LPB and Echoes & Reflections on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9 AM-3:30 PM at LPB located at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge for a day of FREE 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!

March Programming Highlights

PBS NewsHour Special Report: Super Tuesday Wrap-up, Tuesday, March 3 – 10pm: PBS NewsHour correspondents and analysts discuss the latest Super Tuesday results from contests around the country.

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2, Sunday, March 8 – 7pm: Celebrate the legendary musical with a stellar cast including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Norm Lewis, and Ramin Karimloo. The concert was filmed at London’s O2 Arena.

A Living History: LSU Rural Life Museum Turns 50, Thursday, March 12 – 7pm: A look at how the LSU Rural Life Museum got its start to become a historical and educational treasure for not only Louisiana, but the world. Explore the buildings that make up the museum from former slave cabins, to the homes of yeoman farmers, to the heart cypress homes of the first Acadians. As you learn about the early architecture, you’ll also learn about the early ways of life from farming and gardening to cast iron production.

The Royal House of Windsor (APT), Monday, March 16 – 8pm: Narrated by Gwilym Lee (DS Charlie Nelson from Midsomer Murders) THE ROYAL HOUSE OF WINDSOR investigates how the British royal family was able to survive four generations of crisis. As it turns out. the improbable tale of triumph is marked with ruthlessness, pragmatism, and sheer good luck.

Louisiana Public Square: Cots vs. Care: The Mentally Ill in Prison,  Wednesday, March 25 – 7pm: With fewer mental health treatment facilities in the state, more mentally ill individuals are finding themselves transferred to prisons, which are often poorly equipped to handle them. How is Louisiana working to ensure its prisoners have sufficient psychiatric care? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to that question, and many more.

Frontline: Plastic Wars, Tuesday, March 31 – 9pm: Did the plastic industry use recycling to sell more plastic? With the industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.

I hope you're able to enjoy and use these resources to inspire and engage your students!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen,