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Fall is supposed to be upon us, but it sure doesn't feel like it! I hope it gets cooler for Halloween. October is National Kindness and Bully Prevention Month. National Do Something Nice Day is October 5th. We need many more days like this, don't we? There are many great resources and opportunities to check out this month. Please nominate a Louisiana Young Hero! Don't forget to 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.

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. LPBDiscovery Education, and STEM education are 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.

Don't miss out on this professional learning experience! Learn more and register HERE

3. Explore the stories of past members of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation! As Louisianans prepare to go to the polls for the Midterm Elections on November 6th, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting stories from Louisiana’s Congressional Delegations of the past. During its forty-three years on the air, LPB has provided in-depth political coverage on Louisiana’s changing influence in Washington, D.C. Check out speeches, interviews, and panel discussions with the men and women who have represented Louisiana in Congress.

4. Looking for new ways to engage your students in real world experiences and opportunities to grow as a professional? Check out Discovery Education’s free events to help you and your students to learn, share, and connect. 

SOS are creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in effective, meaningful, and practical ways. Make the most of your SOS with professional learning resources, toolkits for sharing with colleagues, and an at-a-glance grid view that includes SOS alignment to MCREL’s 6-Phase Model of Learning. Explore more.

5. The Emmy Award-winning series Peep and the Big Wide World's biggest STEM adventure yet for preschoolers: all-new, free, bilingual digital apps! Developed in partnership with researchers from the Education Development Center, the new PEEP Family Science apps help families use educational technology at home in positive ways early in their child’s learning. All Peep Family Science assets are bilingual - simply click "Espanol" at the top of the web page to translate!

Peep Family Science apps relate animated stories from PEEP and the Big Wide World to hands-on science activities. Each app provides parent videos that model how to engage children in the activities, along with tips and prompts throughout. The apps were tested over a period of two years with nearly 200 diverse families from two home visiting programs, HIPPY USA (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) and AVANCE.

6. Teachers! Have you visited PBS LearningMedia from @PBSTeachers yet? Free, standards-aligned resources for all of your lessons this school year! Check out the Kindness, Empathy and Resillience Collection for all grade levels. Also check out the Halloween Collection!

7. The PLUM LANDING team is on a mission to inspire 6-to 9-year-olds and their families to get outdoors, get moving, and get into nature – right in their own neighborhoods! Explore the PLUM LANDING site:
- Activities for after-school programs, clubs, or camps.
- Activities for outdoor family science events.
- The Outdoor Family Fun with Plum App - kids can take on a mission from Plum and start building a healthy habit! 
- The Outdoor Adventures game in which families complete outdoor missions to receive digital badges.
Educator videos that provide guidance in leading outdoor activities in urban settings.
Parent videos that offer parents tips and inspiration on getting the most out of their time outside with their kids.

8. 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!

Student reporters will take you along the river’s more than 2,000-mile journey from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the city of New Orleans on the swamps of south Louisiana where the river flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Lessons along the way include: how the headwaters are determined; the size and scope of the Mississippi River’s watershed; how the river helped our nation grow and how it has influenced culture and commerce; why the delta region along the Louisiana coast is now disappearing and much more. Students can also participate in real time Q&A and poll questions during the live event. Send Mississippi River related questions to learn more about this interactive lesson and how to participate for free go to

9. Calling all middle and high school social studies educators! Join presenter, Peter Mabli, from the American Social History Project, for a free webinar on October 24th at 3pm to explore meaningful ways to immerse students in the drama of U.S. history. Peter will use For Crown or Colony? the first digital game in WNET's award-winning Mission US series as a launching pad for exploring ways to integrate serious gaming into the history curriculum. The newly upgraded For Crown or Colony features new content, broader access across devices, and new features to support struggling readers and ELLs. Certificates of participation are provided as part of your free registration.

10. October programming highlights:
NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue, Wednesday, October 3 at 8PM - Follow the rebuilding of the 19th century Blenheim Covered Bridge. Watch elite craftsmen raise this engineering icon under grueling time pressure and witness traditional artisans in China restoring ancient covered bridges to ensure their survival.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Woman in the Iron Coffin, Wednesday, October 3 at 9PM - Follow a team of forensic experts as they investigate the preserved remains of a young African American woman from 19th century New York and reveal the little-known story of early America's free black communities.

NOVA: Volatile Earth, Wednesday, October 10 from 8 to 10PM - 8PM: Volcano on Fire - Climb up the cone of Nyiragongo, one of the world’s least studied volcanoes, and join volcanologists as they descend into its crater, down towards its bubbling and seething lava lake, to discover when it will erupt next. 9PM: Volcano on the Brink - Join a team of volcanologists as they explore one of the world's most active and mysterious volcanoes in central Africa: Nyamuragira. Learn what feeds it frequent eruptions and see the region's other hidden, life-threatening volcanic dangers.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, Fridays at 9 & 10PM starting October 12 - This series combines history, biography, iconic performance, analysis and the personal passion of its hosts – Helen Hunt, F. Murray Abraham, and others -- to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations and illustrative excerpts from the plays especially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

AUTUMNWATCH NEW ENGLAND, Wednesday & Thursday, October 17-18 at 7PM & Friday, October 19 at 8PM - Travel to the colorful landscapes of New England, meet a cast of unforgettable wildlife characters, and experience some of the best autumn has to offer, including leaf gazing, pumpkin carving, and cranberry harvesting, in this live production.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: Grand Finale, Tuesday, October 23 at 7PM - And the winner is... after millions of votes, find out which of the 100 nominated books is crowned America's best-loved novel.

NATIVE AMERICA, Tuesdays at 8PM starting October 23 - Learn about some of the most advanced cultures in human history, and the Native American people who created them and whose legacy continues to this day. Explore this world through a combination of indigenous knowledge and cutting-edge science.

Lots of great resources this month to engage learners! I hope you find some of these resources useful in your curriculum. Have a wonderful month! Take care, Nancy Tooraen