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Education Newsletter - September 2018

I'm hoping everyone has had a great start to the new school year! There are so many great resources and opportunities to check out this month. 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 daily.

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. Did You Know logging in to PBS LearningMedia gives you instant access to extra features! Enrich your teaching toolkit with free, easy-to-use tools and resources you can count on all year long. These tools and resources provide you with ideas and inspiration when creating your lessons for the week, and they were made to help take your teaching to new heights. Log in today using your Facebook or Google account, or use your personal email address, and gain instant access to additional features like our Class Roster tool and Lesson Planning tools. You can also save your favorite resources in folders and plan for the year ahead! Log In and Explore today!

3. Sail into September with great resources from LPB and Discovery Education (must have current LPB Discovery Subscription)
LEARN new ways to maximize your Discovery Education resources to engage and inspire your students with step by step guidesinteractive courses, and on-going webinars
• Join us for a Special Louisiana Educator Webinar on September 19 at 3:30 PM CTRegister today to Join Discovery Education and fellow Louisiana educators to learn ways to maximize your Discovery Education resources, share ideas for inspiring and engaging students, and connect with educators worldwide.
SHARE the world with your students by joining our Constitution Day Virtual Viewing Party, taking the opportunity to highlight the history and evolution of the document that influences so much of our daily lives. Participate in this Virtual Viewing Party and the activities that accompany it with classrooms around the globe!
CONNECT with fellow educators in the DEN! The DEN Community is here for you. Whether you’re searching for instructional ideas, interested in teacher-created resources, or connecting with other educators, there are lots of ways for you to get involved.

4. Discovery Education Events for everyone:

Tune-In for AgExplorer's Newest Virtual Field Trip: "Beyond the Sale: Careers that Deliver" on Tuesday, September 25th, 12:00 PM CT. The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education are broadcasting LIVE from the Tractor Supply Company's Merchandising Innovation Center in Nashville, TN! Join us, and give your students an inside look into the world of agriculture and the careers that develop, market, distribute and provide the products you use every day. Register now!

Put Your Students in the Driver's Seat: Young people often dream about owning a big house or luxury car, but can find these items out of reach without a proper savings plan. Teach your students how to navigate financial services to achieve their goals with new free-of-charge tools from Pathway to Financial Success in Schools. Divided into eight thematic units, the curriculum provides educators a variety of instructional resources that focus on the same financial literacy theme. Get started today in four easy steps: 
1. Explore our educator tools: Learn how to implement the unit-based curriculum and make the most of the resources with our educator guide.
2. Guide classroom activities: Interactive classroom engagement provides a great introduction to the topic. 
3. NEW! - Let your students take the lead,: Units 1 and 2 each feature three 20-minute modules designed to allow students to engage in self-guided and independent learning. Additional modules coming soon!
4. Bring it home: Extend the learning with a family connection activity. 
Challenge your students to assess their current financial behaviors and learn how to responsibly manage their money for the future. 

Brought to you by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Discovery EducationSpeak Truth to Power, is a NEW human rights education program available at no cost that introduces high school students nationwide to influential human rights defenders through powerful storytelling and interactive learning. Educate, engage and inspire the next generation of human rights defenders through these flexible, standards-aligned digital resources. Get started now!

Join Discovery Educaton and Arconic Foundation in celebrating Manufacturing Day with a virtual tour of the Arconic Plant in Austin, TX on Friday, October 5th at 12 Noon CT. Explore how 3D printing is revolutionizing aerospace manufacturing and bring exciting STEM careers into the classroom. Journey to the Arconic Plant in Austin, Texas where additive manufacturing is rocketing from the lab to the skies with precision built parts for commercial and space aircraft– including the Orion Space Capsule someday destined for Mars. You’ll hear from engineers and technicians to learn about the skills, the machines and the materials used in this stellar technology. How is your classroom celebrating MFG Day? We want to hear from you! Share your MFG Day ideas and inspiration with @DiscoveryEd on social media using #ManufactureYourFuture for a chance to have your classroom featured during our virtual event! In the meantime, please visit, a comprehensive destination dedicated to connecting classrooms with resources around the dynamic careers available in modern manufacturing. Register now for the virtual tour!

5. Resources from Sesame Street--for childcare providers and early childhood educators:

Move and Learn for Language and Literacy: Providers and kids can participate together in a playful webinar, Move & Learn for Language and Literacy. As they move, kids will learn about language and literacy, and providers will practice scaffolding strategies to extend the learning! Register today.

Building Language Skills: Lots of rich, back-and-forth conversation with grown-ups helps kids make sense of the world and everything they’re learning about it. Language helps children express their thoughts and learn about the world around them, and helps lay the foundation for success in school. Find an activity, discover printables, videos, and more on topics to help the families you work with.

6. With the start of the college football and NFL seasons, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting football in September. Louisianans love to cheer for their favorite high school, college, and professional football teams throughout the fall. Additionally, Louisiana is one of the top 5 states in the country in producing professional football players. See interviews with the players and coaches who have made their mark on the history of Louisiana football.

7. You're Invited: Try a Facilitated PD Course For a Week at No Cost! This September, PBS TeacherLine is offering an exciting opportunity to experience our unique course format - learning with the guidance of an experienced facilitator and a small cohort of committed, inspiring teachers - for a trial period at no cost to you! We know that professional development is a meaningful investment of time and money and that finding high-quality experiences can be a challenge. If you love your first week, you will have the opportunity to enroll at the regular course price and keep learning. If you decide not to continue with the course, you can still earn PD hours and a certificate of completion for investing a week of your time. If you're interested in participating, click here to submit your email address and indicate your interest in one of the following two courses: 

RDLA272: Vocabulary as a Foundation for Learning
• One Week Trial: 8 hours; no cost; one week duration
• Full Course: 45 hours; $300; six week duration

TECH195: Graphic Organizers for 21st Century Learning
• One Week Trial: 5 hours; no cost; one week duration
• Full Course: 30 hours; $225; six week duration

8. September Programming Highlights:

MARK TWAIN: Tuesday, September 4 (Parts 1 and 2) beginning at 7PM - Ken Burns takes us on a journey through Sam Clemens' early days along the Mississippi River. Clemens grows up, stumbling from adventure to adventure until he begins to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. Burns also explores the other side of the writer - an American icon who, through tragedy and bad financial decisions, falls hard with failure. In contrast to the wildly successful Twain, Clemens is an inept businessman who squanders his fortunes on pipe dream patents and bad investments.

EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY: Sunday, September 9 at 8:30AM - Go inside one of the great knowledge institutions of the world. The New York Public Library is accessible, open to everyone, and exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, Fall Kick-Off: Tuesday, September 11 at 7PM - Take a journey through America that introduces a list of the country's 100 best-loved books and explores the many ways in which these novels affect, reflect and connect us all. Hosted by Meredith Viera.

THE DANIEL TIGER MOVIE: WON'T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR?: Monday, September 17th at 8:30 AM on LPB and 3 PM on LPBKIDS - In this first-ever, hour-long movie, Daniel Tiger is getting new neighbors – The Platypus Family! 

THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY: Wednesday, September 19 beginning at 7PM - Explore the internal mechanics of the human body through pioneering graphics and captivating scientific case studies. Witness the fascinating and finely tuned systems that keep the body motoring and the scientists guessing.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: FIRE & DEW: Sunday, September 23 at 6:30PM - Follow Anne Shirley's journey to Queen's College in Charlottetown. She misses Matthew and Marilla, and is overwhelmed by loneliness, city life and the intense competition. Will Anne find that the dark cloud over her life does have a silver lining?

I hope you get a chance to utilize some of these great resources in your classroom and take advantage of the professional learning opportunities! Please let me know if there's anything LPB can do to support you in your classroom!

Take care,
Nancy Tooraen,