Thanking & Inspiring Teachers Near & Far

Watching this All About the Holidays video, we learn that Eleanor Roosevelt led the way to the establishment of an annual Teacher Appreciation Day on May 2 after receiving the suggestion in a teacher’s letter.  (Eleanor, herself a teacher, would know the effort and spirit needed to teach well and the importance of expressing appreciation for teachers’ important work.)

In its desire to say “Thank You” to teachers, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Continue reading

NEPM Nurtures & Celebrates Multigenerational Learning!

This past December New England Public Media provided two Family and Community and Learning (FCL) series from Ready to Learn, a U.S. Department of Education funded initiative.  Each series of four sessions allowed us to introduce children to key STEM and literacy concepts using resources from Continue reading

Coping Tips for Students When Everything’s Canceled

While we want to do all we can to help students focus on academic learning, we also have to acknowledge the toll that the COVID-19 crisis has had on their social lives and offer them support.

KQED Learn, San Francisco’s PBS station, is a free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in Continue reading

Emperor Science Awards for Next Generation Cancer Researchers

This video shows a 2016 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer Emperor Science Award recipient, one of 100 high school students named last year.

PBS recently announced this year’s Emperor Science Awards program, designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. Through a unique mentoring program, each student works with a university-level research scientist on a multi-week cancer research project.

Entries for the 2017-2018 school year are open to 10th- and 11th-grade students Continue reading

Cyberchase Step It Up! for 4 Springfield Schools & Resources for All Grades 2-5

As this clip shows, Cyberchase teaches kids to use their heads when it comes to taking care of their bodies. (Watch more Cyberchase and you’ll see how mathematics fits into the equation:)

Math meets movement in Springfield this month as WGBY leads local students in the Cyberchase Step It Up! program.  Because our bodies and minds are interconnected, we’re grateful to  Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Awards & Classroom Resources

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, WGBY airs the 29th Hispanic Heritage Awards on Friday, September 30, at 10:00pm.   Paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos, the awardees this year include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and writer and MIT professor, Junot Díaz.

Applauding women and men who contribute to their country and bring pride to their heritage is one way to counter stereotypes and cultivate mutual respect.  Education can go deeper with resources that engage students in the challenges and accomplishments of Continue reading

Live Stream of Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner”

HLC2016_Winners_JudgingWe’ve shared the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge with you — from the time entries could be submitted until the recent announcement of winners, including highlights of our young Massachusetts chef whose recipe was selected.  THIS THURSDAY, July 14, all 56 winners of the Challenge will attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House.

When the event is live-streamed, beginning at 10:00 am EST, you can  Continue reading

PBS WINS TOP AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

PBS has just been honored with two REVERE awards by The Association of American Publishers (AAP) for PBS LearningMedia.  If you follow this blog, you’re no stranger to this digital library of more than 120,000 resources for educators and students.  Election Central, providing educators with curated content to teach K-12 students about the political

process, won for Best News & Current Issues Supplemental Resource while the PBS LearningMedia Student App. took home top prize for Innovation Beyond the Classroom. You can find both Continue reading

Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake

MA_Massachusetts_AbbyNewmanIn a March post, we shared Michelle Obama’s invitation to the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for 8-12 year olds.  Recently, the White House announced that, after careful deliberation, 56 winners had been selected for the 2016 Challenge.

From MASSACHUSETTS the original recipe — healthy, affordable, and tasty — is one for Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake HLC2016_MA_Massachusetts_Abby-1by   Continue reading