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

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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Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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Virtual Field Trips from NOVA!

 

The following post was written by MaiCherish Harris, Elms College student and intern at WGBY/NEPM.

School closings came with the loss of a very special learning experience:  field trips.  As things open back up, families may be looking for ways to make up for lost time. They may also be looking for ways to keep children engaged over summer break.

Virtual field trips from PBS can Continue reading

Hero Elementary Blasts onto the PBS KIDS Scene!

As we see in this video clip, Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes.  Here kids learn to master their innate powers, like flying and teleportation, while exploring science along the way. The new series, which recently premiered, gives children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists, igniting their natural curiosity.  The show also showcases character and social-emotional concepts such as kindness, empathy, and commitment to working together.

You can already find resources that put these tools in the hands of children at  Continue reading

Peer Exchange on Race for MA Middle & High School Educators

 

In response to the murder of George Floyd and great societal inequities, WGBH in Boston is hosting a Peer Exchange next week on Thurs., 6/11 at 7pm entitled Making Space for Conversations about Racism and Implicit Bias in Middle/High Classrooms.

This virtual discussion is for grade 6-12 teachers across the Commonwealth to  Continue reading

Virtual Classrooms Made Inviting & Productive

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY education intern and student at Elms College:

When schools originally closed, families believed it would only be for a short period of time. That time was extended repeatedly until schools were finally closed for the rest of the year. This was a difficult change for everyone involved.

Even now some educators are unsure how to  Continue reading