Hispanic Heritage Month — Lesson Plans, Videos and More

As you probably know, September 15 – October 15  is Hispanic Heritage Month.  To teach students the rich history of Latinos and our country, stories of U.S. Latinos inform the broader American narrative, and Latinx experiences illuminate our history.

You’ll find lesson plans, videos, and more classroom resources to support teaching Latinx history for grades 4-12 in a collection that invites teachers and students to Continue reading

In Times of Crisis — Fred Rogers Still Offers Us Good Advice

A recent article in Today entitled, We need Mister Rogers’ video messages after 9/11 now more than ever, reminded me how Fred Rogers’ words continue to calm and instruct — both children and adults.  This video was made when Mister Rogers Neighborhood was no longer on the air, and he was said to doubt whether videos such as this one would do any good.

In this video we hear the simple wisdom needed in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as now — when our country and Continue reading

Special Webinar to Support Lesson Planning for New School Routines

PBS LearningMedia understands that you face a challenging, uncertain school year and invites you to join a special webinar on PreK-12 classroom planning this Thursday, September 17 @ 7pm ET.

In advance of the webinar, hosted in partnership with Share My Lesson, all registrants will receive a digital copy of a custom planning kit filled with eight weeks worth of relevant resources.  During the virtual event you’ll learn how to use the Teacher Planning Kits for Continue reading

Webinar Tonight — New Resources for The Battle for the Right to Vote!

“To be disenfranchised is to be told that you do not matter, because the right to vote is about the power that governs your possibilities.” – Professor Marcia Chatelain, The Vote

There’s still time to register for tonight’s webinar at 7:00PM ET, The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment:  The Battle for the Right to Vote.  You’ll celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment and learn how suffragists ultimately triumphed after one of the longest civil rights struggles in American history!

Professor Marcia Chatelain, featured scholar in American Experience’s The Vote, will speak about the significant contributions of African-American women in the suffrage movement, and other educators will share new resources Continue reading

Remember Zoom — the PBS Show?

Today, Zoom is synonymous with the platform we rely on for video and audio conferencing and much more.  But the Seattle Times recently reminisced about another Zoom — the PBS show Zoom from WGBH that was among the innovative television programs created in the ’90s.

Zoom’s cast of diverse, preteens had fun with science in everyday settings that can still excite young learners today!  With engaging activities that students can do by themselves or with others, Zoom resources can be found on Continue reading

K-2 Professional Learning on Social-Emotional Learning Strategies

Beginning August 31, PBS KIDS is offering a week of virtual professional learning — free, of course! — where you can explore strategies for naming, rating, and regulating emotion.

Given the complicated experiences children have experienced since Covid-19, such as limited time with friends, lost learning and much more, the series will help you to prepare Continue reading

Children — Old Enough to Start Learning What’s Fair

Teaching the importance of being fair and caring about others  — especially by example — must start early in children’s lives.  First teachers are in the home, in early learning classrooms, and in the media children watch.  The quality of their engagement with viewing experiences can make a difference in the quality of their characters.

This Arthur video provides age-appropriate ideas related to racism and takes inspiration from civil-rights leader John Lewis who said, “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you just have to speak up.”  Continue reading

Virtual Discussion Tonight — Cultivating Anti-Racist Classrooms & Practices

On Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM ET, you’re invited to take part in a virtual discussion featuring a panel of Massachusetts educators on cultivating anti-racist classrooms and practices.

During the discussion entitled Navigating White Privilege and Building an Anti-Racist Classroom, panelists will answer questions and share how they’re navigating their white privilege in schools, how they’re acting on their commitment to anti-racist teaching, and ideas for how to support students Continue reading

2nd Peer Exchange on Racism — Making Space for Conversations

Making Space for Conversations about Racism and Implicit Bias is a virtual discussion is for grade 6-12 teachers across the Commonwealth.  This unique exchange offers a chance to speak candidly in small educator-facilitated groups about how to thoughtfully plan conversations with students around race, implicit bias and the public outcry for social justice.
The Peer Exchange is limited to

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