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November is here, which means the holiday season is upon us...already! That was fast! November is a month of family traditions. I hope you and your families, your students and their families have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. There are many great events, resources and opportunities to check out this month. Don't forget to nominate a Louisiana Young Hero by November 30th! Please follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page! This way you won't miss any opportunities that might pop up that weren't in the newsletter and you'll get daily curriculum resources in your feed.

* These events and opportunities have deadlines coming up soon:

*1. Do you know a Louisiana student in grades 7-12 who is a HERO – an exceptional young person who has excelled in academics, given significantly of themselves through public service, overcome adversity, or inspired others through their deeds and strength of character? If so, nominate that student to be recognized as a 2019 Louisiana Young Hero, by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. This year’s honorees will receive a $1,000 tuition assistance grant and other special honors.

Nominees must be Louisiana students enrolled in an academic institution or homeschool program, who are not more than age 18. The student’s parent or guardian must give permission for the nomination, along with permission for LPB to use the his or her name and likeness on the air and web. Nominations and supporting materials are submitted by completing this form (link to application), and must be received by November 30, 2018. The winners will be notified in February of 2019. For more information contact or call 225-767-4276. 

Now in its 24th year, the Louisiana Young Hero Awards, annually honors a select group of students in grades 7-12 who have made a positive impact on their community and extraordinary achievements in various facets of their lives. Nominate a Young Hero today!

*2. Don't miss out on this professional learning experience offered by LPB and Discovery Education on November 8th at LPB's studio located at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge from 8:30AM-3:00PM! This hands-on STEM education workshop is a perfect fit when it comes to transforming your classroom or school for the 21st century. STEM is not about just teaching about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; it is a culture that needs to be cultivated to help create a problem solving, creative, critical thinking workforce for tomorrow. During this Academy, Discovery Education will expand your thinking to embrace STEM beyond those subjects, and beyond your classrooms walls. Register HERE now.

*3. New Orleans PBS member station WYES-TV in collaboration with the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota will live stream an ELECTRONIC FIELDTRIP (EFT) designed for middle-school students about one of the world’s major river systems — THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI. Students, teachers, home educators and anyone interested in the history of the Mississippi River are welcome to register, for free, at http://wyes.orgTHE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI: ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP will be streamed live twice on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. CT. The EFT, hosted by New Orleans personality Tom Gregory and Jonathan Foret, Executive Director of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discover Center, will take place at The Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm in St. Bernard Parish located downriver from New Orleans, Louisiana. Register here!

4. Back by popular demand...the Cyberchase text-to-teacher messages will continue to be sent out throughout the 2018-19 school year and, possibly, beyond! LPB is so excited because teachers loved them! Links to Cyberchase resources will be sent via text once a week throughout the school year and current subscribers will get a text with the option of staying in the program and receiving the new texts. If you are not currently subscribed, these text messages are STEM resources from the PBS KIDS show Cyberchase and PBS LearningMedia for teachers in Grades 1-3. To subscribe, simply text LPB to 30644!

5. From @PBSTeachers and @GreatReadPBS comes a free virtual professional development series about literature in the classroom made by teachers for teachers. There's something for teachers of all grade levels. Join us as we bring the Great American Read to your classroom. This four-part virtual professional learning series is designed for English Language Arts teachers, created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight techniques for engaging learners through essential communication skills, and present ideas for enhancing teaching practice through activities, projects, passion, and a connection to literature. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.Learn more and register today.

6. Explore the stories of Louisiana’s veterans in the Louisiana Digital Media Archives (LDMA) this month. In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, the LDMA is highlighting stories from Louisiana’s military history. Louisiana servicemen and servicewomen have played critical roles in the United States military in times of war and peace. Through these stories, learn more about their combat experiences and their often difficult transitions back to civilian life. 

7. Teachers! Have you visited PBS LearningMedia from @PBSTeachers yet? Free, standards-aligned resources for all of your lessons this school year! Sign up at and create an account for FREE! Check out the following resources this month:
November can get stressful for teachers and students. One educator shares eight tips for de-stressing your classroom. (via @PBSTeachers)

PBS Teachers Blog: "Virtual team teaching is two teachers who have combined two classrooms at two different schools to create one virtual, collaborative environment. Our initial intentions were evolved into an inexplicable entity we never expected." 

8. November Programming Highlights:

PBS NEWSHOUR ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE, Tuesday, November 6 from 7-11PM - As Americans head to the polls on election night, the PBS NewsHour team will go to work, covering the races for the House of Representatives, Senate, and governorships. Judy Woodruff will anchor continuous coverage of election night.

NATURE: Super Cats: Science & Secrets, Wednesday, November 7 at 7PM - See how new technologies help uncover some cats' most intimate secrets, including the cheetah's gymnastic abilities and why lions are able to hunt cooperatively. Conservationists are fighting to protect the most endangered species around the globe.

NOVA: Last B-54, Wednesday, November 7 at 8PM - Join the investigation of the wreckage of the Tulsamerican, a B-24 Liberator bomber that crashed off the coast of Croatia in 1940, entombing three occupants. See a team of archaeologists work to recover the fallen airmen and identify their remains.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, Friday, November 9 at 9PM & Sunday, November 11 at 2PM - Enjoy a new U.K. production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony for 1959. The Sound of Music is the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers' escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism.

LET’S GO LUNA!, Every day at 8AM starting November 21 - A NEW PBS KIDS SHOW! Follow the adventures of three friends – Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the U.S. – as they traverse the globe with their parents’ traveling performance troupe, “Circo Fabuloso.” At each of the Circo’s stops, Luna the Moon guides the trio as they get to know the local region and its people. The gang’s adventures take them through cities around the globe – from London to Cairo to Beijing – where they explore the food, music, art, architecture and other features that make each place distinctive.

LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE : An Eye on Admissions, Wednesday, November 21 at 7PM - This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, Saturday, November 24 from 11AM to 7PM - This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. guides us on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Sunday, November 25 from 1-7PM - Adapted from Jane Austen's 1813 novel, this six-hour miniseries from 1995 stars Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as two headstrong people who manage to fall in love despite their different class standing.

I hope you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! Enjoy each other and I hope you get some time to check out these resources and enrich your classroom. Take care, Nancy Tooraen