Caring for Each Other with Sesame Street

 

Sesame Street offers fun, caring and intelligent support during the COVID-19 health crisis as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.”  

Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play — even in everyday moments.  Teachers/parents also need support to maintain this structure.  That’s why Sesame Street   Continue reading

EARTH DAY — 22 APRIL 2020

On Earth Day 2020 our shared crisis keeps most of us close to home.  Perhaps now more than ever we need to be resourceful in celebrating our planet and keeping it and ourselves healthy into  the future.

As we inhabit Earth during these uncharted times, we can lift our spirits by appreciating individuals like Rachel Carson who, at great sacrifice,  Continue reading

PBS LearningMedia 15-Minute Jump Start

One of our top priorities right now is to help parents and educators fill educational gaps while schools are closed.  To this end, we’ll continue sharing PreK-12 resources to serve your present needs.  We hope you’ll share them with colleagues, parents and families who might benefit from them.
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Two Upcoming Webinars for Teachers and Parents

Design Squad: Engineering at Home Webinar
On Wednesday, March 25, at 1p ET teachers and parents are invited to join the Design Squad team to learn about how to support engineering and invention activities at home. In this 30-minute webinar you’ll learn about the design process, get tips for using Design Squad activities in the home, hear ideas for how to connect students virtually and get an overview of the Design Squad collection of resources. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A.  Register here.
Webinar for Massachusetts K-12 Educators

On Thursday, March 26, at 7p ET join Project Based Learning expert and author, Suzie Boss, for an updated, encore webinar for MA educators of all grades and subjects. Suzie will  inspire you to delve into this engaging and research-based teaching method that includes sustained inquiry, authenticity and student choice.  She will be accompanied by Jeromie Whalen, Communications and Media Production teacher, who will share his Project Based Learning story and the impact it has had on his practice and students.  Register here.

The New PBS Kid on the Block > XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM

Engage students with XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM, a new PBS KIDS series premiering this month.  Based on the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, the show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.

To support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills, you’ll find resources that includevideo clips, printable activities, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches at PBS LearningMedia.

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WGBY Celebrates Our PBS KIDS Fans

WGBY fans with young ones at home appreciate how PBS KIDS entertains and educates.  To celebrate our fans and PBS KIDS, we invite you to join us on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in downtown Springfield.  Among the festivities, families can meet Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat.  We’ll also have activities, live music, children’s books, art and more — even a free kid-sized iced cream with each ticket, courtesy of Friendly’s .

At WGBY’s PBS KIDS tables, you’ll find fun and learning not only for children but for parents and educators with Continue reading

Put a Smile on Your Face > WGBY’s 2019 Summer of Fun & Learning

Seeing this slideshow of WGBY’s 2019 Summer of Fun & Learning with snapshots of children and interns brings a smile to my face as I hope it does to yours.

While we plan our upcoming education programs, these photos are a reminder to reflect on what we learned over the summer and determine how we can next make the strongest impact in our community, especially underserved audiences in our region.  In a Continue reading

Flexible PBS TeacherLine Courses Start October 9

PBS TeacherLine online courses for Pre-K – 12 educators are flexible, collaborative and designed for a teacher’s busy schedule.  They can help you earn PD credits and offer a way to stay on top of your teaching career.

Of his experience Charles Besancon, Computer Instruction Specialist, said, “The course I took exceeded my expectations both in quality of content and communication with both peers and facilitators.”

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50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading