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The holiday season is upon us already! November is the season of Thanksgiving and LPB is so thankful for each of you and the incredible job you do of teaching our children. I'm hoping this month's newsletter helps you find some fun and exciting resources to use in your classrooms! Happy Thankgiving to all! Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page for daily curriculum resources, fresh news, and upcoming virtual field trips and professional development events that are coming your way! I've noticed we've gained some new followers these past few months...thank you!

1. Classrooms across the U.S. are invited to join presenting partners PBS Education, ITVS, National History Day, WETA and LPB on Wednesday, November 8 @12PM for a live, streaming-only event featuring filmmaker Lynn Novick, co-director of the PBS documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR. During the interactive discussion, Lynn will offer an in-depth look at the Vietnam War era through her latest documentary while sharing personal, behind-the-scenes insights into her experience working with U.S. and Vietnamese veterans.

Throughout the conversation, students and teachers can pose questions to Lynn, participate in polls, and screen segments from THE VIETNAM WAR film. This event will offer vital perspectives on the War and give students a chance to immerse themselves in one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history.

• DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
• TIME: 12PM (1-hour)
• LIVE ONLY: This is a free, streaming-only event open to classrooms across the U.S. Due to media rights, we will not be able to share a recording.
• REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2l2XYTN

Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"
PBS LearningMedia Resources for Vietnam War and Veterans
Ken Burns: Vietnam Collection, Grades 9-13+
Vietnam War Stories, Grades 6-12
Facing It, Grades 7-12

2. Virtual Field Trip--Join Discovery Education and Chipotle on November 8th at 12 PM as we bring the hit new series RAD Lands to life in the classroom! This epic virtual journey will teach students not only how to eat healthy, but how to have fun doing it! Featuring:
• Cooking demonstrations with Celebrity Chefs, including Richard Blais and Amanda Freitag
• Animation and live action segments that bring key health and science content to life
• Engaging lessons about the science behind where our food comes from
Register now!

3. The Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting Native American Heritage Month. Check out the videos of Louisiana's Native American Heritage! Also check out the blog post and topic on military history for the week of Veteran's Day

4. Splash & Bubbles Webinars For Early Childhood Educators! Free lesson plans, activity ideas and more! Splash & Bubbles and KPBS (click on link to see full webinar descriptions) present free webinars to equip formal and informal educators with information and kid-friendly resources to help make marine science fun for kids ages 4 to 8! Presenters include marine biologists and early childhood education expert Moisés Román, from UC Berkeley’s Harold E. Jones Child Study Center, who will explain how each topic aligns with curricular objectives for grades pre-k through grade 2.
• The Amazing Underwater World of Coral Reefs, Wednesday, November 8, 2:00-3:00 pm CT, Click here to register.
• The Wonders of Underwater Kelp Forests, Tuesday, November 14, 5:00-6:00 pm CT, Click here to register.
• One Small Ripple: Why and How to Protect the Ocean, Monday November 20, 12:00-1:00 pm CT. Click here to register.

5. STEM Careers Improving Animal Health: A New Virtual Field Trip brought to you by Zoetis & AgExplorer
Join Discovery Education and AgExplorer LIVE on November 14th at 12 PM CT as we give students an inside look at the careers found at Zoetis, a global animal health company who provides medicines, vaccines, along with diagnostic products, generic tests, biodevices and a wide range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and others who care for farm and companion animals. Don't miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential STEM careers that are crucial to solving real-world challenges to improve animal health. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Register here.

6. A Year in Space reairs on LPB on November 15th at 7 p.m. followed by Beyond a Year in Space at 8 p.m. A Year in Space follows astronaut Scott Kelly's record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly. Beyond a Year in Space picks up where the first film left off Scott Kelly's last day in space and return to Earth-the final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth's orbit and travel into deep space. Check out these resources in PBS LearningMedia:
Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth After Year in Space | PBS NewsHour, Grades 7-12
Space Used to Be Orange!! | PBS Space Time, Grades 11-12
Humanity from Space, Grades 9-12
Space Careers | Science Trek, Grades K-6

7. Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources for November. Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"
Thanksgiving: All About the Holidays, Grades 2-6: "All About the Holidays" highlights the importance of giving thanks, and how the Thanksgiving holiday evolved.
Mission US: For Crown or Colony?, Grades 6-8: Invite students to (virtually) experience early America in Boston, Mass. through the eyes of 14-year-old Nat Wheeler with "For Crown or Colony?," an interactive history game.
Why Teach Native American History, Grades 4-12: Highlight Native American Heritage Month with a lesson on the unique history, culture, and contemporary contributions of Wyoming’s tribes on the Wind River Reservation.

8. Archaeology Adventures: Streaming live on November 30, 2017 at 10 AM CT, Target Audience: 2nd - 5th Grade, brought to you by Alabama Public Television's IQ Learning Network
Three young kids venture outside their 2-D animated world to learn about early Alabama history for their upcoming school report. Aided by their hyper-intelligent robotic friend Roto and a magical portal, they visit some of Alabama’s historic sites to learn about Native American societies, early settlers, and the beginning of Alabama’s statehood. With the help of local archaeologists and historians they just might make it back home in time to get to school and turn in their report! Click here to register.

9. Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announce: Ignite My Future In School to reach one million students over five years. With a projected delta by 2020 of 1M jobs requiring computer science skills than qualified graduates, Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) joined forces to create Ignite My Future In School, a new initiative designed to transform the way students across America learn and apply computational thinking--a foundational 21st century skill for successful careers across every sector. This dynamic training and thought leadership initiative will enable educators, administrators and school districts to introduce computational thinking concepts within the context of core subjects such as the arts, English, mathematics, social studies, and science through a robust portal of resources and professional development. 

10. Early Childhood Educators in north Louisiana...Save the Date!!! Join LPB, in partnership with PBSEducator Alexander Consulting and LACUE, for PBS EdCamp on Saturday, January 27th from 8AM-1PM at the Bossier Parish Community College. This is your opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning to elevate your voice and empower you professionally. It's the "un-conference" model, free to attendees, and open to those who work in various learning environments, including informal and childcare settings. This experience will give you an opportunity to share in professional experiences and discuss best practices for fostering early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. Edcamp’s personalized, participant-driven approach gives educators control over what they learn and fosters a strong sense of community among attendees. Participants propose topics they want to discuss or learn more about, build the agenda and then choose sessions to attend based on their interests and experiences. All attendees are encouraged to share ideas and methods that will enhance their practice. All educators all welcome, even if you're not early childhood! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A PBS EdCamp will be offered in Baton Rouge as well, more details to come and registration information will be available in the December newsletter! If you have questions, please contact me, Nancy at LPB at ntooraen@lpb.org.

11. LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards --Nominations Now Open!
A Young Hero can be defined in many ways, but to those who know them they are exceptional students who devote their time, talents, and energy to make a difference! Now in its 23rd year, the LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, annually honors students in grades 7-12 who excel in the classroom, serve their local communities, and sometimes demonstrate great personal courage in overcoming adversity. Nominations are now being accepted for our 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes (Click here to nominate.)! Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or home-schooled, and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Nomination forms can be downloaded and filled out or submitted through the online form at lpb.org/heroes. Letters of recognition, newspaper articles, and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. The selection panel relies solely on the material submitted with the application, to learn about each student. (A maximum of ten pages please – no transcripts, text scores, or binders.) Students who have been nominated in past years who meet the criteria may be re-nominated for this year’s awards. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2018. Winners 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 lpb.org. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 9, 2018. (Dates subject to change.) The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including breakfast at LPB’s studios, lunch at the Governor’s Mansion, and a number of surprises. The day will culminate with a banquet that night in Baton Rouge. The awards are co-presented by the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at 225-767-4276 or email heroes@lpb.org.

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and find the time to enjoy some of these resources. Don't forget to follow LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page for more up-to-date information, timely resources, news, contests, etc.

Take care, Nancy Tooraen