Excellence in Education Resources & Media Making

PBS LearningMedia’s 60-Second Presidents series was recently honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Professional Media through a focus on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience.   These videos of each president are accompanied by support materials and standards.

In addition, PBS LearningMedia has taken home the 2015 CODiE for Best Source for Reference or Education Resources.

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WGBY Earns 4 Boston New England Emmy Nominations

WGBY is well represented in the 38th annual Boston New England Emmy Nominations announced earlier this week.  Diverse, thought-provoking topics in areas such as societal concerns and education reveal our station’s commitment to community, excellence and lifelong learning.

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books, nominated in the Education/Schools category, is a WGBY documentary we’ve shared here before.  In the following video clip, published in 2013, Thomas E. Wartenberg, professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke — whose work is integral to the documentary — discussed his most recent book about using narratives of children’s picture books to introduce adults to the basic tenets of philosophical thinking.

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Nominate a Teacher — Yes, a Teacher — for a Tony Award

bob12_vid_dance_thumb.jpg.resize.320x180On the heels of the Golden Globe Awards — a mix of talent, glamour and, this year, sobering support against terrorist attacks in Paris — comes an announcement of particular interest to teachers about this year’s Tony Awards.  We know that teachers impact students’ lives, and successful actors, writers and directors often acknowledge them at awards ceremonies and in interviews.

Now Carnegie Mellon University has announced a new Tony Award to be given annually to a theater teacher who has made a “monumental impact” on students’ lives.  Through March 31, anyone can nominate a teacher for the new Excellence in Theater Education Award.  Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited elementary, middle or high school or community theater organization in the United States. Continue reading

Mount Holyoke Receives “Carnegie Community Engagement” Status

CBLJKidsDancePose_FIThrough an extensive documentation process, Mount Holyoke has just been selected to receive the 2015 “Community Engagement” designation, which recognizes and distinquishs the College for prioritizing community engagement across its curriculum and programs.  Community Based Learning (CBL) course partnerships, placements of student “Community Fellows,” volunteers, work-study students, and other joint ventures form the foundation for this honor.  You can read more about the College’s work in a story  Continue reading

Still Time to Apply: Become a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

It’s mid-way through the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program application period with applications due by 2/11 for this amazing opportunity. PBS loves teachers and in 2014 rewarded 100 hard-working educators with the title of “PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator,” with exclusive access to virtual and in-person trainings, free PD and more.  In 2015 we’re searching for 100 more innovators like Don Goble.  Continue reading

Featured 2014 Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence: Stacy-Lyn Burger

indexOne of this year’s Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence Award recipients, Stacy-Lyn has been teaching since 2000.  She has a master’s degree and a professional license in elementary education.  She currently teaches 5th grade math and science.  Throughout her teaching career, she has taught grades 3-8.  When we asked how she tries to balance the demands of her professional and personal life, she wrote  Continue reading

West Springfield Educator is 2014 PBS Digital Innovator

2014 Digital InnovatorMark Vasicek, a local teacher, has been named one of this year’s national PBS Digital Innovators.  He left engineering to care for a child who was seriously ill and today teaches at West Springfield High School, where he can feel the impact he’s making in others’ lives. Continue reading

Nominations for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

kauffmanwinnersIf you’re taking time to follow an education blog such as ours, you’re likely among those educators in our region and around the world who often go beyond the call of duty to provide students with enriching experiences.  Each year the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program honors a teacher who exemplifies excellent teaching in the Commonwealth. The deadline to nominate an educator for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year is Friday, January 31, 2014. Continue reading

STEM Grants for Middle & High School Teachers/Students

index Here are two of several grants recently shared by eSchoolNews, each with February deadlines : 1) all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities for middle/high school teachers from the Siemens STEM Academy and 2) a chance for teams of high school students to hone their creativity with inventions for real-life problems, offered by the InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program. Continue reading