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There's Still Time to Register -- Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp -- October 10th!

You don't want to miss it!  There's still time to register for the Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp (LSVE) on October 10, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM.  Register HERE!

All particpants will have a chance at one of six $100 Amazon Gift Cards! 

Connect with your peers and talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions and questions. Teachers who attend a virtual EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines-Teacher Planning Kits from PBS

Watch, teach, explore!

NEW -- Teacher Planning Kits available for PreK-12! Like you, we are figuring out the “new normal” in real time. The kits are intended to help you plan for up to eight weeks ahead of time, based on themes and content relevant to what you're teaching in the classroom.

Make sure you read the Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines document, for all the details, especially the webinars where peers from around the country will share how they're using the latest kit to plan instruction.  The next webinar will be held at 6 PM CT on November 12th!

As a PBS LearningMedia registered user, you will receive an email with the latest planning kit approximately every eight weeks. To make sure you’re registered, sign up here. (Scroll to the very bottom)

Teaching the Holocaust, Empowering Students

Participate in our three-part online course developed for Louisiana teachers to support students’ rigorous study and reflection of the history of the Holocaust and its ongoing meaning in the world today.

Through this course:

  • Participate and engage with a cohort of like-minded Louisiana educators.
  • Gain access to comprehensive resources and sound pedagogy for teaching about the Holocaust in a physical or virtual classroom.
  • Proceed at your own pace each week over the course of three weeks with support from an expert facilitator and collaborate with other educators.
  • Receive a certificate of completion for six or ten hours (with final project) of professional development and have the option to earn graduate-level credit through the University of the Pacific.

Course opens October 12.

We hope to see you there and please share this information with your colleagues!

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PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, sign up now! 

It's not too late to sign up for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar! Webinar dates/times are always posted at the top of the LPB Learning@Home website.  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that your students will enjoy! You can also watch an archived webinar HERE.

5 Ways to Prevent Bullying in Your Classroom | PBS Teachers Lounge -- As educators, it's our responsibility to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students. For National Bullying Prevention Month, revisit these best practices for addressing bullying, many of which apply whether you are teaching remotely or in-person this year.

Halloween Spooky Science Special | Sid the Science Kid -- Get into the Halloween spirit with @sidthesciencekid! In this video, Sid teaches us that bats are helpful creatures, spiders are expert web builders, and skeletons help hold up our bodies. (Grades: PreK-1)

Sojourner Truth | Know Ohio -- 2020 marks 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Introduce students to Sojourner Truth, one of the key figures of the women's suffrage movement. (Grades: 4-7)

The Electoral Decoder -- Learn about the significance of the Electoral College! Students can use the "Electoral Decoder" to visualize how each state’s electoral votes affected the outcome of previous presidential elections, and to predict the outcome of the current election. (Grades: 6-12)

Discovery Education: New Content, Connections & Opportunities
  • Learn Align your district initiatives to Discovery Education's digital resources. Access articles that feature how Discovery Education supports special education students, promotes social-emotional learning, and fosters literacy. Learn More ≫ Exclusive for Experience: Access the all-new English Language Learner (ELL) Center for additional professional learning and instructional support to differentiate instruction.  
  • Share Customize and include this message in your next staff update:  Looking for creative ideas to engage your students? The latest Discovery Education updates include quiz and presentation tools in Studio and new teacher support resources in the reimagined Professional Learning Center. Explore updates ≫  
  • Connect Attend upcoming events and on-demand learning opportunities on topics ranging from how Discovery Education integrates with your learning management system (Microsoft Teams, Google, Canvas, Schoology, etc.), to blended learning strategies and equity issues. Connect today ≫

Your school/district must have a subscription for the current school year to access these resources.  For more information, contact Nancy Tooraen at LPB, ntooraen@lpb.org  

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks in The Advocate

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks -- Each week, The Advocates' websites and social media channels will feature a top five list of resources for students in all grade levels, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go directly to that resource.

LDMA: US Presidents in Louisiana

As Americans prepare to head to the polls on Election Day in November, the LDMA is highlighting U.S. Presidents in October. You can learn more about Louisiana’s role in past presidential elections and see highlights from presidential visits to Louisiana.

October Programming Highlights

PBS Newshour Debates 2020 Vice Presidential Debate, Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00pm -- Expected to be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, the debate will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

PBS NewsHour Debates 2020 Presidential DebateThursday, October 15 at 8:00pm -- The second presidential debate is expected to be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. The debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the Miami area.

Nature: Pandas: Born to Be Wild SEASON PREMIERE, Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm -- Unlock the mysteries of wild pandas whose counterparts in captivity are known for their gentle image. Journey through the steep Qinling Mountains with filmmakers, scientists and rangers to witness pandas' startling courtship and aggression behaviors.

PBS NewsHour Debates 2020 Presidential DebateThursday, October 22 at 8:00pm -- The final presidential debate is expected to be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each covering major topics selected by the moderator. 

Louisiana Public Square: Delay of Game: Football and COVID-19Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm -- No tailgating. Restricted fan attendance. Athletes opting out of playing. Some football conferences postponing their entire seasons. The coronavirus has not only upended Louisianans’ daily lives but their most popular sport – football. Whether high school, collegiate or professional, the experience for Louisiana football players and spectators this fall will be unprecedented.

What can fans expect this football season? How are teams addressing the health concerns of athletes and attendees? What are the potential economic impacts to businesses and the state from deeply disrupted schedules? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions. 

A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting Friday, October 30 at 9:00pm -- Enjoy a celebration of the music of Sesame Street with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Big Bird, Elmo and other Sesame Street favorites sing the show's songs alongside the world-renowned orchestra and artistic director Wynton Marsalis.

Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL), in partnership with MediaWise, will host Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall, a one-hour, virtual youth town hall streaming on NewsHour digital platforms on October 6 at 7pm ET. The event will engage students and first-time voters on how to be prepared and better informed ahead of the November elections - to RSVP, register on Eventbrite.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Classroom Resources

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great time to focus on safe online habits, cyber concepts, and all of the career opportunities available in the cybersecurity sector! CYBER.ORG understands the importance of a teachers' ability to successfully integrate cybersecurity topics into the classroom. Our curriculum development specialists create free cyber and cybersecurity curriculum especially for K-12 educators. Check out all of the free resources available to you below:

 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Activity Spotlights

  • Elementary - In the Specificity Game, one participant plays the part of the programmer and the other plays the part of the computer. Find the complete activity here.  
  • Middle School - Many middle school students begin to envision their future careers in these formative years. Show them the exciting opportunities available in cybersecurity through CYBER.ORG's career awareness resources.  
  • High School - The news cycle can be confusing for young adults. This lesson on Media Literacy discusses the concept of fake news and its impact on everyday life.