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Social & Emotional Learning Strategies for K-2 Teachers

This week of professional learning events, hosted by PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions Shelly Bautista and Will Tolliver Jr, kicks off with a webinar featuring two special guests discussing the importance of validating children’s emotions. The webinar is followed by three daily challenges, emailed out each morning, that provide participants with an opportunity to meet and engage with peers from across the country and reflect on their practice through FlipGrid and Padlet. The week concludes with a PBS KIDS Edcamp focusing on topics and questions that surface throughout the week. Register NOW!

August 31: WEBINAR: Approaching Emotions of Young Children, 10 am CST

September 1: CHALLENGE #1: Naming Emotions

September 2: CHALLENGE #2: Rating Emotions

September 3: CHALLENGE #3: Regulating Emotions

September 3: PBS KIDS EDCAMP6 pm CST

Elinor Wonders Why Premieres September 7th

This animated series for preschoolers encourages kids to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don’t understand, and find answers using science inquiry skills. The main character, Elinor, the most observant and curious rabbit in Animal Town, introduces kids ages 3-5 to science, nature, and community through adventures wiht her friends Ari, a funny and imaginative bat, and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant.

In each episode, Elinor models the foundational practices of science inquiry and engineering design -- including her amazing powers of observation and willingness to ask questions and invesigate.  When she encounters something she doesn't understand, like why birds have feathers or how tiny ants build massive anthills, she just can't let it go until she figures it out.  And in discovering the answers, Elinor often learns something about nature's ingenious inventions.

  • Foundational sciene and engineering practices
  • Core knowledge about life/earth sciences
  • How ideas from nature connect to our human-designed world

LPB Louisiana Public Square’s “Dialogue on Disparity”

Do you have concerns about Louisiana’s racial disparities in the areas of health, criminal justice and the exercise of voting rights? Please submit your question HERE then tune in for answers to Louisiana Public Square’s “Dialogue on Disparity” Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. More program details are below. The question submission form closes Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5 PM.

“Dialogue on Disparity”

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it’s exposed health disparities between blacks and whites. African-Americans are three times more likely to become infected from the virus and twice as likely to die. In the midst of the epidemic, the death of George Floyd has reignited debates about racial inequities within the criminal justice system. And political analysts are already expressing fear that certain voting practices will discourage minority participation in November’s critical election.

So, how is Louisiana addressing health inequities in its battle against the coronavirus? How is it confronting racial disparities when enforcing the law? And, what barriers to voting exist for people of color in the state and can they be overcome? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Dialogue on Disparity” Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm on LPB.

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights - Back to School

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.

Becoming a Citizen | Arthur -- What does it mean to be an American citizen? Engage young learners in a discussion of diversity and citizenship with the help of @ArthurPBS. (Grades: K-2)

Ask An Expert | Search it Up -- Ask an expert! In this "Search It Up" episode, kids make how-to videos that demonstrate their expertise, like how solar panels work, how to ride a bike, and what happens when we sneeze. (Grades 2-5)

Engineer a Jetliner -- Experience the engineering design process as an aerospace engineer assigned to design and test an airplane, in this interactive produced by WGBH and The Documentary Group. Your challenge is to determine which wing and engine configuration is best suited to each of four missions (the defined needs or objectives for the airplane). (Grades: 6-12)

The Equinox Isn't What You Think It Is | It's Okay to Be Smart -- September 22nd is the Fall Equinox, one of two days a year when there is equal day and night. ...Or is it really equal? @itsokaytobesmart explains. (Grades: 9-12)

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: 45 Years of LPB

Take a look back at LPB milestones & check out some of LPB’s longest running series!

On September 6, 1975 at 11:58 a.m., Louisiana Public Broadcasting signed onto the air for the first time on WLPB in Baton Rouge.  From 1976 to 1983, LPB became a statewide network by expanding into Monroe, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Alexandria.  Through the years, LPB has produced a wide variety of programming aimed at documenting the unique people, places and culture of Louisiana.  Take a look back at past LPB milestones and watch episodes from some of LPB’s longest running series!

Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp -- October 10th! Register NOW!

Registration is now open for the Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp (LSVE) on October 10, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM.  

This LSVE provides a unique opportunity to connect with other educators while strengthening and developing relationships between us all. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to 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.

Register HERE!

September Programming Highlights

Saturday, September 5 at 7:00PM  -- Attakapas: The Cajun StoryThis LPB special traces the lineage of one of America's unique and influential immigrant populations, and transports the viewer into the heart of their journey. A dynamic, immersive multi-media concert combining historical stills and moving images with Cajun singer/songwriter Zachary Richard's music, ATTAKAPAS chronicles the Acadian's departure from France, and their expulsion from Nova Scotia to their arrival at the Poste des Attakapas, now St. Martinville, in Louisiana.

Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00PM  -- Nova: Human NatureOur DNA can determine attributes from eye color to medical predispositions. An extraordinary technology called CRISPR allows us to edit human DNA, possibly eliminating genetic diseases or choosing our children's features. But how far should we go?

Thursdays beginning September 10 at 9:00PM --The War Seven-part seriesThis series, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. PBS LearningMedia - A Ken Burns Collection - Teaching The War

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00PM -- Louisiana Public Square: "Dialogue on Disparity"
As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it’s exposed health disparities between blacks and whites. African-Americans are three times more likely to become infected from the virus and twice as likely to die. In the midst of the epidemic, the death of George Floyd has reignited debates about racial inequities within the criminal justice system. And, political analysts are already expressing fear that certain voting practices will discourage minority participation in November’s critical election. So, how is Louisiana addressing health inequities in its battle against the coronavirus? How is it confronting racial disparities when enforcing the law? And, what barriers to voting exist for people of color in the state and can they be overcome? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Dialogue on Disparity” Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm on LPB.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9:00PM and Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 8:00PM -- Nova: A to Z – The First Alphabet, Writing shaped civilization itself, from the trading of goods to tales of ancient goddesses and kings. Follow the evolution of the written word, from millennia-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to our modern-day alphabets.

Tuesday, September 29 at 8:00PM -- PBS NewsHour Debates 2020: Presidential DebateThis is the first of three anticipated presidential candidate debates. PBS NewsHour will provide coverage and analysis.