Distance Learning Strategies for K-2 Teachers

Registration Open: A Week of Virtual PD for K-2 Teachers

Educators,

You’re invited to a week of free, virtual learning with PBS KIDS. Hear from teachers across the country as they share successes and lessons learned in the transition to distance learning this past spring. Their stories of how they connected with families, used media and tech to encourage creation, and tackled distance learning in the absence of tech will provide inspiration and foundational tips you can use to prepare for an uncertain year – where some kind of distance learning is likely to be a reality. Join us from August 3 – 6 for four days of online learning and fun with a community of teachers like you! Register Now

Your Week at a Glance

Your week of virtual learning will start and end with LIVE, online learning events with other K-2 teachers. The middle of the week will feature daily, asynchronous challenges emailed each morning that you can do on your own time, to continue your learning and build upon distance learning themes and strategies.

Teaching Winter Holidays with PBS LearningMedia

Wintertime is full of reasons to celebrate. Students will enjoy learning about the fascinating and sometimes surprising origins of familiar holidays and learning about new holidays, too! The winter holiday video collection from PBS LearningMedia is lesson-ready for Grade 2 – 6 classrooms.
December & January Holidays

Hanukkah
Christmas
Kwanzaa
New Years Day
Chinese New Year

Educator Resources

1-minute videos to stream or download
Support materials: vocabulary sheet, activity, discussion questions, and teacher key
Standards-aligned, Grades 2 – 6

Not yet a PBS LearningMedia user? Sign up for a free account and gain access to thousands of free, innovative, standards-aligned and curriculum-targeted digital resources. Browse the digital resources produced by WSKG to support classroom learning in math, history, and health.

For the Love of Lit: Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for Teachers

Teachers! Join us as we bring the Great American Read to your classroom. 

This four-part virtual professional learning series is designed for English Language Arts teachers, created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight techniques for engaging learners through essential communication skills, and present ideas for enhancing teaching practice through activities, projects, passion, and a connection to literature. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. For the Love of Lit: Inspiring Young Authors, with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty
October 17 @ 7-8pm ET

Designed by educators, this virtual professional learning experience will introduce a number of teaching models and strategies to enhance your practice. How can you inspire your students to be passionate writers and engaged readers?

Get Ready for School with PBS

EASE BACK INTO SCHOOL
The beginning of school may very well be parents’ most favorite time of the year. Even so, the transition for parents and kids can be a little rough. Here’s help to ease you and your child into the back-to-school groove. Transition Your Family from Summer to School
Back-to-School Tips
How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
School Avoidance: How to Get Your Reluctant Child to Class
Back-to-School Checklist from PBS KIDS

GRADE-BY-GRADE LEARNING GUIDE
Asking what your child did at school all day is easy. Getting the answer isn’t.

Debate Over Arming Teachers Should Focus On Mental Health, Educators Say

The response to arming teachers as a way to combat school shootings sounds like any other debate about guns. Proponents say it’s a practical way to stop shooters, while opponents argue that it will actually increase the risk of danger. But among some educators, the debate doesn’t fall along those same lines. On a cold Saturday afternoon on top of the Mercy Mountain property in Lafayette, Matt Mallory, an army veteran and owner of a firearms training company, is teaching a concealed carry course. “When I say threat you’re going to press out,” Mallory instructs.

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PBS KIDS Presents Free Workshops for Early Learning Educators

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. Take advantage of these free events! Learn more and register below:

Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Social & Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger
February 6, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Playful Learning with Technology 
February 22, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET

 

Free PBS LearningMedia Webinar for Teachers

Join us for an educator webinar (preK-12) from PBS LearningMedia on how to integrate digital tools and public media into your classroom. Expand your digital toolkit and discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students. This free webinar will be held online on Tuesday, November 28 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET. Register Now!

AmGrad Day 2017 to Feature Local Teacher

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. WSKG will highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions, including the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator from New York State, Elisabeth Bostwick. https://youtu.be/rVjX4P7oJ2o

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many Southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. This documentary focuses on three universities — Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia — as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories. At the crux of the story is the question of how these institutions might make amends for the ways they participated in American slavery and the moral, political and practical issues under-riding that question.

Keeping Teachers

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about the teachers these schools desperately need, but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas. There are surprising similarities in why schools struggle to attract and keep these teachers that are particularly relevant now, when the divides between urban and rural — and white and black — are getting so much attention.

Horseheads Teacher Honored by PBS

Join us in offering a big congrats to Elisabeth Bostwick of Garden Road Elementary School in Horseheads, NY, who’s been selected to take part in the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator Program! We’re excited to follow along with Elisabeth and this group of classroom changemakers as they participate in professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students through innovative use of technology and media. CITY | Horseheads, NY

SCHOOL | Gardner Road Elementary

ROLE | Fourth Grade Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Instructional Support Coach

GRADE LEVELS | 3-5

TWITTER | @ElisaBostwick

PBS Digital Innovators are leaders in their schools and their communities, and help improve student learning through their thoughtful use of technology and digital media. The PBS Digital Innovator program helps these educators connect with others who are in the same space by providing tools to guide their leadership and growth, and opportunities to share their ideas in meaningful and transformative ways. Ms. Bostwick will be attending the PBS Digital Innovator Summit and ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo.

Calling all Classroom Changemakers: Are You a PBS Digital Innovator?

PBS Digital Innovators set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. These pre-K-12 educators are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students. 

What is the PBS Digital Innovator Program? The PBS Digital Innovator program brings together a community of K-12 educators, who are thought-leaders and classroom changemakers, for ongoing professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers and inspire students. Professional Development Opportunity
The PBS Digital Innovator program is a professional development opportunity for highly engaged, changemaker K-12 educators whose innovative use of technology and media create exciting learning experiences for their students.

PRX Education Specials to Air on WSQX Radio

College Choice: the Value of It All (PRX)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10:00am
A long held mantra – that the best investment is a good education – is increasingly being called into question. In that context, NPR’s Robert Siegel set out to learn how nine bright and engaging college students feel now about the choices they made back then. We’ve gathered together the highlights of Robert’s reporting for All Things Considered into a single hour-long narrative, driven by these questions and these students. Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap (PRX)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 10:00am  
When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic remedial math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school.

PBS Hosting ‘Teach Boldly’ Sweepstakes

You bring the passion. They’ll bring the coffee. PBS Education is hosting a super cool sweepstakes just for
teachers! Enter to win monthly prizes of a deluxe coffee maker, PBS Education mugs and a one month supply of coffee for your teacher’s lounge. One grand prize winner will win a complete makeover for your school’s teachers’ lounge. The more times you enter, the more chances to win!

PBS Hosting 'Teach Boldly' Sweepstakes

You bring the passion. They’ll bring the coffee. PBS Education is hosting a super cool sweepstakes just for
teachers! Enter to win monthly prizes of a deluxe coffee maker, PBS Education mugs and a one month supply of coffee for your teacher’s lounge. One grand prize winner will win a complete makeover for your school’s teachers’ lounge. The more times you enter, the more chances to win!

Teachers Invited to Free Back-to-School Event

WSKG invites teachers into our Studios for a Back-to-School themed Open House.  We’re opening our doors on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 9:00am-noon and Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Meet with our Youth Focused and Science staff as we share the best educational content from WSKG and PBS! Fill your bag with classroom toolkits, bring your own device for on-site PBS LearningMedia training and app downloads, be the first to preview brand-new programs set to air during September’s PBS Spotlight Education week, and enjoy a cup of delicious coffee from our friends at Tom’s Coffee, Cards & Gifts and fresh-made doughnuts from the good folks at the Cider Mill. Be sure to visit our next door neighbor, The Teacher Center of Broome County, to help get your classroom ready with posters, Ellison die-cuts, laminating, and more!

Connect: NY | Funding

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Dr. Rick Timbs is Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance consortium
Andy Pallotta is Executive Vice President of New York State United Teachers
Michelle Brantner is the Superintendent of the Moravia Central Schools in upstate New York
Suzanne Slack, Chief Financial Officer of the Syracuse City School District
David Flatley is the Superintendent of the Carle Place School District on Long Island

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

PBS is looking for America's Most Innovative Educators!

Are you passionate about using technology to create new learning opportunities? Do you enjoy collaborating with other educators to spark student interest in learning? Are you an active sharer of content and ideas through social media? Apply for a chance to become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Who:
Tech-savvy K-12 educators

What:
The Digital Innovators program recognizes educators who incorporate digital media in the classroom to inspire student learning.

BU Graduate Assistants Protest For Equal Pay

Binghamton University’s incoming graduate and teaching assistants are being offered more money than those who currently work at the university. Current students rallied on campus Friday to protest the change. Katie Lacy is the co-president of the anthropology graduate organization. She says it costs money to pay for professional development in academia. If she uses her stipend on one conference, she might not be able to pay for a second.

The Eight Square Schoolhouse | #tbt

The Eight Square Schoolhouse was built in 1827 and was in use until 1941. It is the oldest school building still standing in Tompkins County, and is still used for living history and educational programs. In addition, the building is the only surviving brick octagonal schoolhouse in New York State. The octagonal shape allowed the teacher to be placed at a central and prominent position and allowed for better lighting and ventilation. Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can learn more here.

Back to School

The other day marked the “unofficial” end of summer in my household as my daughter boarded the school bus for the first time and rode off to kindergarten. The event found my wife and I discussing the tradition of summer vacation and its origins. We both shared the belief that summer vacation was tied to America’s agrarian past, however upon further inquiry we discovered that our assumptions were mistaken. According to a PBS NewsHour article from 2014, the myth that summer vacation was directly tied to our nation’s agrarian roots is still very persistent. In realty, the early rural schools in America that were tied to an agrarian calendar had short summer and winter terms with breaks in the spring and fall.

Arctic Climate Change, Pot Pesticides, and Student Data

Tune into  Science Friday for a discussion on climate change, take a peek at how some teachers spent their summer and learn how pesticides are affecting the marijuana industry.  At a global conference to discuss priorities in the Arctic, President Obama said that climate change was “a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.” How does this sentiment hold up in light of the recent decision to open up the Arctic to drilling? Science journalist Brooke Borel, of Popular Science and the blog Our Modern Plagues, discusses this and other science stories in the news this week. Plus, learning apps are beginning to find their way into the classroom. But with the introduction of any new technology comes the collection of big data.

Teaching Teachers

WSQX Radio | Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:00am

WSKG Radio | Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00pm

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they’re on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

 

If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories back in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The conversations shared by StoryCorps on NPR are often thought provoking and emotionally powerful. On more than one occasion I’ve been brought to tears during my morning commute. But beyond their emotional resonance, the interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life.