Learning with Littles: Developing Cultural Awareness
Teachers! We’re excited to invite you to a live discussion with illustrator, animator, writer, director and producer, Joe Murray, who created the new PBS KIDS hit series, Let’s Go Luna. You’ll recognize Joe’s previous work as creator of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Camp Lazlo.” Together with on staff anthropologist Erik Messal and cultural advisors from more than a dozen countries, Joe has a developed a fun, sweet, irreverent way for even our littlest learners to travel the world and develop global awareness. Designed by educators, the ‘Learning with Littles’ professional learning series for Pre K-2 educators provides ideas for how to responsibly integrate media into your learning environment. In addition to meeting Joe and other members of the Let’s Go Luna team, you’ll meet other educators, who will share teaching models and strategies to help you build a culturally responsive learning environment.
To help promote autism awareness, acceptance and understanding, PBS KIDS will air autism-themed episodes of several popular children’s shows throughout April, Autism Awareness Month. PBS KIDS’ autism-themed programing starts April 9 with the ‘Shape Hunt’ episode of “Sesame Street,” which features the show’s newest character, Julia, a muppet on the autism spectrum. The channel will also be featuring autism-related episodes of “Dinosaur Train” and “Arthur.”
In addition to autism-friendly programming, PBS also offers a website for parents featuring educational resources and a website for teachers with materials and activities for kids on the spectrum. Watch these special episodes on WSKG TV:
April 9 | 11:00am | Sesame Street ‘Shape Hunt’
April 9 | 12:00pm | Dinosaur Train ‘Junior Conductors Academy: Part One & Part Two’
April 9 | 5:30pm | Arthur ‘When Carl Met George / D.W. Swims with the Fishes’
April 10 | 5:30pm | Arthur ‘Pets and Pests/Go Fly A Kite’
April 11 | 5:30pm | Arthur ‘Carls Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing’
April 12 | 5:30 pm | Arthur ‘He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble’
Sesame Street is introducing a new Muppet to its cast, and she is unlike any Muppet they have had before. Her name is Julia, and she has autism. The character was introduced online in 2015, but will now become a regular on the television show. Rachel Rosner, the director of education and support services at Rochester-based Autism Up, said introducing a character with autism is a huge step forward for the show — and for raising awareness. “As a parent of two kids with autism, I’m thrilled that there’s finally a character with autism on Sesame Street,” Rosner said.