The Election Collection (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy.  The Election Collection on PBS LearningMedia allows students to keep up with election news, study the history and process of elections, learn about voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with videos, activities, and lesson plans.

This vast collection includes Continue reading

History Teachers — Time to Register!

On Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm, join GBH for a free one-hour webinar showcasing the newest AMERICAN EXPERIENCE resources on PBS LearningMedia.  You’ll get a sneak peek at the upcoming new season and what will be available for classroom use in the next several months.

A high school social studies teacher, along with a GBH Education teacher-advisor, will describe how Continue reading

NEPM Days at the Springfield Museums!

Please join us for NEPM Days at the Springfield Museums on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 2 – 11, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Based on the popular PBS animated kids’ series, “Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond” is an interactive, bilingual exhibit that inspires families and children to understand that nature discovery can happen anywhere!  Various areas of the exhibit provide opportunities to learn about nature, use math skills to explore the natural world, use tools to investigate environments, and — equally important — work and play together.

During NEPM days, Nature Cat will make meet-and-greet appearances, and families can take home PBS-themed games and activities.  If you’re an NEPM member, please let the Museums know to receive $2 off admission!

You can also see this promotional video in Spanish (en español).

And for a collection of more resources that make learning fun with Nature Cat, click here.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Teachers of all grades are voicing serious concerns about the mental health of many young people today.  It’s not surprising, then, that Ken Burns, esteemed producer and documentarian, brings us Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a film that helps us see the awareness and empathy needed for mental health challenges and the hope many find when facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

By capturing the experiences of young people who struggle with mental health, the film shines light on what it’s like for them and for  the parents, teachers, friends and healthcare providers who try to help.  The film also shows the need for society to  Continue reading

Appreciating Teachers Who Love What They Do!

“The best teacher in the world is somebody who loves what he or she does and just loves it in front of you.”  Fred Rogers

In this video Fred Rogers says that he always loved his teachers.  Many — if not most of us — know what it’s like to love a teacher.  While it’s always time to show our love and respect for teachers who love what they do, Teacher Appreciation Week is a special time to say, “Thank You !”

PBS has appreciated educators since its early days when it was known as “Education Television,” and we understand that teaching is hard work!  One of the heavy demands on teachers’ time is finding the best resources to inspire students, and Continue reading