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"Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators" Virtual Professional Learning Series for Educators

Discover new techniques for analyzing media and amplifying student voice in your classroom with this free 3-part PD series from @PBSTeachers. Episode 1, Teaching Students to Critically Analyze Media was on February 28th and is archived for later viewing.  

Part 2, Helping Students Create Authentic Stories, is March 7th @ 6PM CT.  This live learning series, like all our live learning, is designed by educators. This series, in particular, was created especially for middle and high school teachers and will be led by PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars Shawn Patrick Higgins and Leah Aiwohi. In addition to hearing from Sarah Green, attendees will also learn about resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom. Facilitators will dive into media production technology and techniques, so participants can help students produce their own digital stories.

Part 3, Amplifying Student Voices Across the Community, is March 14th at 6PM CT.  In the final session of our three part PBS “Live Learning” experience: Empowering Young Media Consumers and Creators, we’ll be joined by The Moth storytelling expert, Micaela Blei. Blei is a teacher, writer, storyteller and PhD student, who, until recently, was Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Moth where she worked with teachers and students to cultivate their stories. Prior to coming to the Moth, she was a third grade classroom teacher. Blei will join our PBS Digital Innovator All Star hosts, Joquetta Johnson and Steve Auslander, to talk about effective storytelling, and to highlight exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your classroom.

Register NOW for the series!

Inspire Your Practice & Build Your Skills in 6 Short Weeks!

Energize your teaching this spring with PBS TeacherLine professional development opportunities! Through classroom-based assignments, peer discussions, video observations, and carefully curated articles, you’ll analyze and test developmentally appropriate digital & traditional resources that build content knowledge and literacy skills. Fresh courses start March 13. Sign up today!

PEEP Family Science Apps (Ages 3-5)

PEEP has launched a new suite of digital apps that guide young families in joint science exploration. Common Sense Media gave the apps 5 stars for “co-use on and offscreen.” These are not game apps. Instead, each PEEP Family Science App contains a 4-week curriculum with Peep stories, live actions, activity how-to, and support for parents built in. Content is paced, suggesting two short sessions/week. While the animated video is geared towards kids, the rest of the session is designed as a tool for grown-ups to facilitate offscreen learning.  There are four free apps available in Spanish and English - sounds, shadows, ramps, and color - on the Apple Store and Google Play. There are also support materials for educators who work directly with parents. 

Register Your Classroom for "The 75th Anniversary of D-Day" Eletronic Field Trip

On May 2, 2019, The National WWII Museum will stream a live interactive journey into D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Guided by student reporters, classrooms around the world will embark on a virtual transatlantic adventure to discover the lessons and legacies of Operation Overlord, the code name for the massive Allied invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. No special technology is required. Perfect for students in grades 7–12. Check out the trailer for a sneak peek of the program.  Register now!

Explore Stories on the Fight for Women's Rights in Louisiana with the LDMA

During the month of March, the LDMA is celebrating Women’s History Month!  Explore some of our best stories on the fight for women’s rights and the contributions made by Louisiana women in politics and government.  And be sure to check out the complete Women’s History Month topic to see more videos about trailblazing Louisiana women!

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 Jimmie Davis (1899-2000).  Davis, a native of Beech Springs in Jackson Parish, served as Louisiana’s 47th Governor from 1944-1948 and 1960-1964.  Prior to his political career, Davis was a country music singer best known for his song, “You Are My Sunshine,” which is now designated as one of Louisiana’s state songs.  Davis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972.  He died on November 5, 2000, at age 101.

World Cultures with PBS LearningMedia

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

Explore Mexico City (PreK-3) with new friends from @LETSGOLUNAHQ. In these classroom videos students learn about one of Mexico's tastiest traditional foods, chocolate, and discover some of Mexico City's beautiful murals.

China has a rich history of beautiful art. In this @PBSTeachers video (PreK-5), students explore a variety of Chinese crafts -- including paper cutting, painting and kite making.

Do you know why butterflies don't live in houses? This Mexican folktale (K-8), told in Spanish and English, explains why butterflies migrate.

Help students explore and understand the stories of modern-day immigrants (Grades 9-12) to the United States with this classroom resource set from @StoryCorps

Peter, Paul and Mary at Newport 1963-65, Friday, March 1 at 10PM - These never-before-seen performances by Peter, Paul and Mary at Newport '63-'65 convey the joy, optimism and turbulence of that extraordinary era of change. Many of these songs hold an honored place in the soundtrack of 60s activism in America.

A Conversation with Ken Burns, Sunday, March 3 at 9:30PM - Go behind the scenes with the acclaimed documentary filmmaker in this career retrospective. A comprehensive interview with the historian and storyteller whose work has included The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks and The Vietnam War.

Great Performances, Michael Buble: Tour Stop 148Tuesday, March 12 at 7PM - This unique concert film offers viewers a front row seat and exclusive backstage pass to superstar Michael Buble's visually thrilling and musically triumphant To Be Loved Tour, which was seen worldwide by two million fans. The richly atmospheric film spotlights Buble's charismatic gifts as an entertainer and showcases thrilling live performances of the GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter's biggest hits, including "Home," "Haven't Met You Yet," "Cry Me A River" and "Feelin' Good."

Women, War & Peace (4-part Series), Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26 at 8PM - Discover the story of the Catholic and Protestant women who come together during Northern Ireland's bloody civil war and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal.

Great Performances, Julius CaesarFriday, March 29 at 9PM - Experience Shakespeare as never before in an all-female production from the Donamr Warehouse set in prison. Between 2012 and 2016 the Donmar Warehouse in London collaborated with director Phyllida Lloyd, leading Shakespearean actor Harriet Walter, and a diverse company of actors to create a trilogy of acclaimed, all-women Shakespeare productions. The productions -- Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest -- were all set in a women’s prison. In fall 2016, all three productions were recorded in a specially-built 420-seat temporary theater, receiving critical acclaim both in the UK and also in performance at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York City for this tense, arresting production of Shakespeare’s famous discourse on power, loyalty, and tragic idealism into a version for the screen.

Enjoy these resources and continue to inspire and engage.  Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org