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Early Childhood Educator Opportunities--Last chance to register!

Sign up today for one of the remaining LPB's Sesame Street in Communities Virtual Lunch & Learn webinars. There are four dates available in early March 2021 for you to choose ONE that best fits your schedule from 12-12:45 PM.  These 45 minute virtual Lunch & Learn webinars  show you how to use hundreds of multi-media tools to helps kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six.  These resources engage kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math, school readiness, health emergencies and much more!

All educators that attend and complete a survey will be entered in a drawing for great prizes!

All virtual sessions will be using Zoom, so please be sure you have a Zoom account. For more information visit https://zoom.us

Register Here - For Upcoming Webinars

Join LPB's Statewide Virtual Family Community Summit!

Saturday, April 17,2021 

10:00-11:00 AM

Families with children ages birth through six years old...mark your calendars for a very special virtual event! This hour long family summit will provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn about the Sesame Street in Communities resources to help their children prepare for school. Two early childhood specialists will be available for Q&A. Special prizes will be available to win for participation.

Register HERE!

Exclusive Discovery Education Webinars Customized For You

Reserve your spot today for an exclusive event designed for districts to explore all of the instructional supports and resources built into Discovery Education Experience.

For Principals: How To Ensure Equitable Instruction With Discovery EducationMarch 9th 9:00-10:00 AM CST -- As learning leaders of school sites, we recognize that you have unique needs. Join us as we empower and equip you with ready-to-use resources to help address topics that matter like accelerated learning, social emotional wellness, equity, and strategies to engage and differentiate instruction for in remote and in-person environments 

For Educators: Student Engagement with Discovery EducationMarch 11th 5:00-7:00 PM CST -- No matter what you teach, Discovery Education has relevant and timely resources to engage your students. From Virtual Field Trips, videos, and images to podcasts, audio files, and interactives, we’ve curated something for every grade, subject area, and topic of interest. Learn how to design your own lesson or customize one of our ready-to-use instructional activities.

For Instructional Coaches: How To Support Educators Using Discovery EducationMarch 10th 9:00-11:00 AM CST -- As leaders that support educators, we want to empower and equip you with everything you need to be successful. Learn about on demand professional learning, training tool-kits, community connections and point of use support that focus on topics that matter.

Louisiana Young Heroes Call for Nominations

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is proud to announce the 26th annual Louisiana Young Heroes program and the statewide call for nominations of students to be recognized as Louisiana Young Heroes in 2021. 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 should be submitted through the online form at lpb.org/heroes. The deadline for entries is Monday, March 15, 2021. (Previous winners are not eligible.)

For more information email heroes@lpb.org.

U.S. Army’s March2Success Website Offers FREE Help for High School Students

The U.S. Army’s March2Success website, offers a free, self-paced online course designed to help students graduate from high school and transition to college. March2Success is easy-to-use and designed to accelerate the student learning curve for state assessment testing.

A video overview of March2Success is available here.

The system provides a full array of subject specific assessments, remedial courses, practice drills and tests. March2Success can enhance and refresh your students’ knowledge to assist them in achieving their educational and career goals.

The program is a public service provided by the Army, and schools and teachers recommending March2Success are under no obligation. The Army doesn’t track or collect information from participants about themselves or school affiliation. The privacy of the program’s participants is respected. High school preparatory help includes units on:

High School Preparation

  • Courses: Study skills, language arts, math and science
  • Flashcard Decks: 15 vocabulary and grammar; 10 math

 High School Science Hub

  • Earth science, biology, chemistry and physics
  • Math: More than 1,000 practice questions covering algebra, data analysis and probability, geometry, numbers and operations, trigonometry, pre-calculus, statistics and business math
PBS SoCal STEAM Series and Educator Happy Hour

PBS SoCal is committed to helping bridge the various gaps in education through accessible resources. Check out these March events!

PBS SoCal STEAM Series Dates: March 11th - April 8th 6:00PM-7:00PM CST-- In this 5 weeks series, PBS SoCal will collaborate with thought leaders in each area of the STEAM acronym, starting with science and continuing on to include technology, engineering, art, and math. Each week will include a 60 minute training around the specific topic, and inclusion of PBS KIDS resources to share with your virtual or in person classrooms.

Register here

PBS SoCal Educator Happy Hour Date: March 18th  8:00PM-9:00PM CST-- Join PBS SoCal for an hour of relaxation, reflection and celebration of another month of distance/flex learning! Educators have the opportunity to connect with one another, decompress and have fun while receiving PBS goodies for them and their classrooms.

Register here

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines | January-March 

Our third planning kit highlights dozens of great resources and lessons you can use with your students—regardless of grade level—about the importance of bringing conversations about race, racial justice and advocacy into your classrooms. Find free professional learning opportunities and support for your students’ families.

Grades PK: Dot to Dot | Sesame Street in Communities -- Remembering they’re surrounded by a loving circle of care can help children through the toughest of times. Children can heal through strong connections with supportive, caring, and trusted adults. Watch this video together and meet Lily, a sweet and hopeful seven-year-old Muppet whose family is experiencing a tough time. Lily’s a great name for her, because lilies symbolize hope.

Grades 3-6: Secrets of the Sea -- Navigate the hidden treasures of a coral reef in the “Secrets of the Sea” online interactive. You'll learn about what coral is, how groups of them can grow into a reef, and what threats they face with climate changing the ocean temperatures. You'll also meet Smithsonian experts in the field, using cutting-edge technology to combat climate change, including marine biologist Nancy Knowlton. In this interactive, she offers a glimpse of her career that has spanned decades studying changes in the oceans and introduces the next generation of scientists and researchers using cutting edge technology to understand the impact of humans on the oceans.

Grades 6-12: Unladylike2020 -- Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women's suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, geographical and class backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender expression, who broke barriers in then-male-dominated fields such as science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts. Touching on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, these resources develop students’ historical thinking skills and help them make connections between past and present.

Register for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on our LPB Learning@Home website!  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that families and children enjoy while learning!  If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia accountsign up now!

Teachers! Every month PBS LearningMedia will showcase a POV documentary for educators to screen at home.  Together, we will watch and actively learn together for asynchronous professional development. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance at the end of the month. We'll share free lesson plans, reading lists, and discussion guides based on the documentary of the month.  Click for the registration page.

PBS TeachersLounge blogs connected to the Watch Club include Using Media to Know Better, Teach Better and PBS LearningMedia Presents POV Watch Club

LDMA - 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.  Start learning more about their lives and accomplishments in these LPB stories HERE.

Dolly and Friends 50 years at the OPRY- Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00PM -- Join the country music superstar to celebrate her 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry. Bringing together five decades of hits into one unforgettable evening, Dolly is joined by special guests including Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith and more.

It’s What’s Happening Baby- Saturday, March 6 at 6:00PM -- Famed New York disc jockey Murray Kaufman became known as "The Fifth Beatle" when he befriended John, Paul, George, & Ringo at the start of the musical British Invasion of the 1960s. In addition to presenting all-star rock and soul concerts at the historic Brooklyn Fox theatre, he hosted this legendary special that will be seen for the first time in over 50 years on Public Television. The program features over a dozen iconic artists singing some of the greatest hits of all time, including Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, The Miracles, Johnny Rivers, Marvin Gaye, Herman's Hermits, The Temptations and Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

Tribute to Toussaint LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT- Monday, March 8 at 8:00PM -- Allen Toussaint - a New Orleans legend and one of music’s most prolific songwriters, composers and producers. He’s also a philanthropist, raising more than $1 million to help the hungry and the homeless in New Orleans. To show their deep appreciation, New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness honored Allen on his 75th birthday with a concert. Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Deacon John, Joe Henry, Cyril Neville, and Toussaint himself take the stage in this thrilling evening. 

Finding Cajun LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT- Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00PM -- The origin and evolution of “Cajun” identity is a complex issue – and hotly debated by some. In the documentary film Finding Cajun, filmmaker Nathan Rabalais presents a critical and historically informed perspective. The film looks at how Cajuns compare to the present-day Acadians in maritime Canada, a community that is supposedly at the historical root of Cajun ethnicity. It also explores how cultural and racial labels in Louisiana have shifted, especially over the past 70 years, and considers the stakes of maintaining (or losing) heritage languages in the United States. From New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to the bayous of Louisiana, you’ll discover the diversity and complexity of South Louisiana’s French and Creole speaking communities and see how Americanization, racism, and language shift have reshaped the cultural landscape of Louisiana.

Louisiana Public Square: RENEWABLE & REALITY- Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00pm -- President Joe Biden has aggressive plans to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one by 2035. Governor John Bel Edwards is encouraging members of the state’s new Climate Initiatives Task Force to explore wind power in the Gulf. While oil and gas consumption has declined recently, domestic oil production still remains essential to the economy of Louisiana. How realistic are plans to rapidly move towards a nationwide reliance on wind and solar energy? How is Louisiana’s energy industry already addressing climate change? And what will a pause in offshore leases and other federal measures mean for jobs and the economy in Louisiana?