Resources for Freedom Summer 1964

This recollection from one of our most beloved singer/storytellers is among many riveting moments from American Experience’s Freedom Summer, airing on WGBY on June 24 at 9p.  The film documents 10 memorable weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.  For educator resources Continue reading

New PBS TeacherLine Spring Courses for Digital Classrooms

17-tl-hmpgPBS TeacherLine spring courses begin March 26.  As many of you know, these facilitated and self-paced online, professional development courses are offered in science, reading, STEM, social studies, math, and instructional strategies/technology.  To better integrate technology and digital resources into your curriculum while earning PDPs or CEUs, you can also sign up for a new series of 1.5 hour online professional development courses focused on teaching and learning in the digital age.   Continue reading

WINTER 2014 PBS TeacherLine Courses

PBSTeacherLine_FTR1PBS TeacherLine is happy to announce its WINTER 2014 schedule of courses as well as an opportunity to win free professional development for your school.  PBS TeacherLine offers an assortment of online development courses trusted by thousands of PreK-12 educators — from 15 to 45-hour facilitated courses to 3-hour self-paced courses that you can take on your own time. Continue reading

PBS TeacherLine Fall Term — Last Day to Register

imagesPBS TeacherLine offers online professional development from the convenience of wherever you and a computer happen to be.  At the same time you’ll become part of an  professional learning community.  As Jeannie Dyke, Reading Specialist at SY Jackson Elementary School, writes:  “My online discussion boards offer me contact with other colleagues to discuss ideas, problems, and means of implementation for the curriculum.”  And PBS TeacherLine’s well- trained and well-educated facilitators are there to assist should you be unfamiliar with maneuvering on the site.

While PBS TeacherLine’s fall term is underway, enrollment will remain open through Friday, 9/20/13. Your can review the catalog here or explore the featured courses below: 

Leveraging Smart & Social Digital Media (TECH 575)
K-12 | 30 Hours | Enroll Here 

Digital Tools for Innovative Learning (TECH 335)
K-12 | 30 Hours | Enroll Here 

Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching (TECH 570)
K-12 | 45 Hours | Enroll Here 

PBS TeacherLine offers 3, 15, 30, and 45-hour online professional development courses in science, reading, STEM, social studies, math, and instructional strategies/technology. For course details and additional information, visit today at

PBS TeacherLine: Fall Semester Courses

imagesWe hope your summer is enriching you in ways that will enhance your teaching in the new school year.  Whether you’ve taken a summer respite from professional development or continued to work on advancing your studies, you might want to consider looking into PBS TeacherLine’s upcoming Fall semester starting on 9/18.  You can choose from 15, 30, and 45 hour online professional development courses designed to fine tune your teaching skills.  In addition to the following featured courses, you’ll find a range of others in the preK-12 content areas that might work well for you this autumn with anytime, anywhere learning.

A Few Featured Courses from PBS LearningMedia:

Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (RDLA157)
Grades PreK-3 | 45 Hours | Enroll Today

Teaching Reading Fluency (RDLA195)
Grades 2-5 | 30 Hours | Enroll Today

Self-Paced Courses from PBS TeacherLine

PBSTeacherLine_FTR-320x180You might find summer the right time to energize your career and expand your skill set.  These new Self-Paced Courses from PBS TeacherLine — high-quality, anytime, anywhere online learning — might provide the challenge and fulfillment you seek during your freedom from school’s demanding schedule.

These 3-hour online professional learning opportunities focus on the principles and practice of teaching and offer you an easy and flexible way to strengthen your teaching muscles!

Human Impacts on Environmental Systems (SCIE1011)
Grades 9-12 | 3 Hours | Sign Up Here

Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools (LEAD 1101)
Grades K-12 | 4 Hours | Sign Up Here

Using Primary Source in World History (SOST 1001)
Grades 6-12 | 3 Hours | Sign Up Here

PBS TeacherLine also offers 15, 30, and 45-hour online facilitated courses that span 6-10 weeks. See the course catalog.

Spring Professional Development from PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine online professional offers busy teachers a robust collection of professional development courses.  And it’s a sure sign of spring when  PBS TeacherLine graduate courses start on March 27!  Visit our course catalog for a full list of courses or to learn more about the following:

SOST507 – America’s History in the Making: A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
45 Hours | Enroll Now  Enrich your knowledge of American history and learn how to bring history to life in your classroom through the integrated use of video, text, classroom activities, and Web-based interactives.

TECH325 – Searching and Researching on the Internet
30 Hours | Enroll Now
Learn how to help your students develop their researching skills through responsible Web use, and explore ways to integrate primary resources into the classroom learning environment.

Here are two new PBS TeacherLine courses available for graduate credit and open for spring enrollment:

MATH527: Mathematics Illuminated: A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
Grade Level: Kindergarten-12th | Hours: 45 | For course description and details, including full Syllabus, check out the course details page.

TECH575: Leveraging Smart and Social Digital Media in the Classroom
Grade Level: 1st-12th | Hours: 30 | For course description and details, including full Syllabus, check out the course details page.

Good Tidings from PBS TeacherLine


Over 1000 teachers in our region have taken PBS TeacherLine online professional development courses, offered in a wide range of content areas for preK-12 teachers.  To help spread the good tidings of the holiday season, PBS TeacherLine is offering a $30 discount off most graduate-level courses to all alumni and registered users.

To receive this discount on winter courses that begin on January 23, 2013, you must register by December 31, 2012.  For a special promo code that must be used for registration, please contact me  in WGBY Education and Outreach Department: 413.781.2801, ext. 292.

Here’s just a sampling of PBS TeacherLine winter courses, all of which you can view by going to the online catalog:  UNST125 Building Critical Thinking Skills for Online Research (Grades K-12); MATH410 Seeing Math:  Linear Functions (Grades 6-12); RDLA157 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (PreK-3);  SOST502 Bridging World History:  A Special Collection from the Anneberg Foundation(Grades 9-12).

PBS Summertime Professional Development

Now that we’ve celebrated the 4th of July, you likely have had time to reflect on this past school year.  As a dedicated educator, you well may be working on professional development or, at the least, thinking about it.  While teachers (and students) know how quickly the rest of summer can pass, there’s still time to take a PBS TeacherLine‘s online facilitated, six-week course before school starts.

 Courses start Wednesday, July 11th.  Below are the BONUS TERM courses open for enrollment now:

  • TECH340  Evaluating and Organizing Internet Resources and Content, Grades K-12, eligible 2 credits | Syllabus
  • TECH300  The Computer for Personal Productivity, Grades K-12, eligible 2 credits | Syllabus
  • RDLA340 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, Grades 3-12, eligible 2 credits | Syllabus
  • MATH430 Seeing Math: Proportional Reasoning, Grades 6-12, eligible 2 credits | Syllabus
  • STEM420 Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering, Grades PreK-6, eligible 2 credits | Syllabus
  • INST342 Teaching with Primary Sources for the Library of Congress, Grades 3-12, eligible 3 credits | Syllabus

 You can also learn more about graduate credit options with accredited providers and PBS TeacherLine’s course alignment to CCSS

Teacher Favorites from PBS TeacherLine

Dedicated teachers know how invaluable true professional development is to their practice.  If you’ve been thinking it will be soon time for you to engage in enriching graduate-level classes but have difficulty envisioning where a course would fit into your life right now, you may want to consider PBS TeacherLine, online learning for preK-12 teachers.  While you’ll keep pace with other educators in the course, you’ll be able to go online anytime, anywhere for an asynchronous learning experience.

PBS high-quality online courses provide expertly trained facilitators who assure you’ll collaborate with colleagues from around the country, have online discussions, and receive rich, applicable content.  The following four PBS TeacherLine courses are among teacher favorites.  They all start next month, along with many other high-quality courses open for enrollment now:

RDLA157 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics, Grade  PreK-3, eligible 3  credits

RDLA125 Children’s Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students,  Grades K-6, eligible 2 credits

INST320 Connecting Family, Community, and Schools, Grades K-12, eligible 2   credits

INST300 Curriculum Mapping by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Grades K-12, eligible 2 credits

You can also learn more about graduate credit options with accredited providers.