PBS TeacherLine Spring Professional Development

PBS TeacherLineIn addition to robins and warming temperatures, another harbinger of spring are PBS TeacherLine‘s online courses, starting March 28. Classes range from 15-45 hours and span the PreK-12 curriculum.  You also have the opportunity to earn graduate credit, CEUs, or professional development points.  The online course catalog allows you to view and download syllabi that contain many of the resources within courses. You can also see which courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Among the many courses open for enrollment now are:

Reading Language Arts

  • RDLA340 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, Grades 3-12 (CCSS aligned)
  • RDLA120 Teaching Reading in Science, Grades 3-12 (CCSS aligned)
  • RDLA152 An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction, Grades K-8

Instructional Technology

  • TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests, Grades K-12
  • TECH325 Searching & Researching on the Internet, Grades K-12
  • NEW! TECH570 Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching, Grades K-12

Science & Mathematics

  • STEM412 Global Climate Change Education for Middle School, Grades 5-8 and STEM417 Global Climate Change Education for High School, Grades 9-12 (Both CCSS aligned)
  • MATH440 Seeing Math: Transformations of Quadratic Functions, Grades 6-12 (CCSS aligned)
  • SCIE560 Teaching Earth & Space Science, Grades 5-12
  • SCIE520 Teaching High School Biology, Grades 9-12

Instructional Strategies

  • INST120Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles, Grades K-12
  • INST325Using Assessment and Evaluation, Grades K-12

For more information you can contact Bess Kapetanis, PBS TeacherLine Coordinator at bkapetanis@wgby.org / 413.781.2801 x 292.

Springtime Science Resources for the Classroom


Try the 'Biome in a Baggie' activity from ZOOM!

Here’s a wide range of digital resources from PBS LearningMedia to help Keep things FRESH in the classroom:

How Do Plants Get Energy? Grades 3-12
All life must have nourishment to live and grow. But what do plants eat? Investigate the earliest scientific hypotheses and our present-day understanding of photosynthesis.

Life Cycle of a Seed Plant, Grades 6-12
Drag and drop the steps of the apple tree’s life cycle into the correct order. In this interactive, you’ll learn about all the life cycle stages of a flowering seed plant.

Biome in a Baggie, Grades K-8
Water cycle: Using simple supplies, you can create a self-contained biome. Observe the water cycle and experiment with how plants grow in different environments.

Scientist Profile, Grades 4-6
What if it was your job to figure out how to grow plants in space? Liz Stryjewski is a microscopist at the Kennedy Space Center and she is investigating just that.

Nature Life Cycle, Grades PreK-1
The Nature Trackers hunt for buttercup flowers afterTiny’s favorite flower dies. Understand how everything in nature changes because of the life cycle.

Johnny Appleseed, Grades 5-12
Meet the real Johnny Appleseed and learn about his cultivation techniques. Discover why every apple seed produces a completely different apple, and learn how grafting is used to clone apples.