Updates and Resources from Rhode Island PBS Education Services
Happy World Teachers Day!
Maybe you were the kid with a whole classroom set up in their basement who taught siblings, stuffed animals, or anyone else who passed by. Perhaps you had a specific teacher who made a difference in your life and inspired you to do the same for others. Whatever it was that led you to education, today we celebrate you!

We are in awe of your adaptability and endurance throughout this year. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and are immensely appreciated. We hope that you are able to enjoy the new practices that you have been asked to learn and are also remembering to take time to practice self-care!
Early Childhood Professional Development
Virtual PD: Elinor Wonders Why Early Science Resources
Wednesday, October 7
5:00-6:00 pm

Join fellow educators from Rhode Island PBS Education Services and the University of Rhode Island for a 1-hour professional learning session featuring brand new early science teaching resources for preK teachers and family child care providers. Co-designed with local educators, these resources are ready to use in virtual, in-person or hybrid learning.

Be some of the first to explore these flexible teaching resources developed for the new PBS KIDS show, Elinor Wonders Why. After the session, try out a few resources, share your experience, and receive a free Elinor Wonders Why Outdoor Exploration Kit to use with your little scientists.

Bring your curiosity and get ready to wonder together with Elinor and her friends!

Rhode Island PBS Education Services invites Early Childhood Educators to register for an upcoming four-week virtual curriculum training, "Play and Learn Science: Water Play" or "Play and Learn: Teaching with PBS Kids Media." By taking part in a workshop, participants can earn up to 13 hours of professional development that have been approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals.
"Play and Learn Science: Water Play" provides educators with an introduction to appropriate development practices relevant to learning environment, interactions, and individualized instruction. It will also give an introduction to the documentation and reflection process and how to align data obtained to the RIELDS.

The workshop will take place on the following dates from 6:00-8:30pm:
  • October 14, 2020     Learning Environment       
  • October 21, 2020    Science Talk              
  • October 28, 2020    Individualized Instruction    
  • November 4, 2020    Documentation and reflection 
The "Play and Learn: Teaching with PBS Kids Media" workshop series fosters learning through inquiry-based and connected learning processes as well as through hands-on experiences. Educators will learn best practices around the use of media and technology in an early childhood setting and how the intentional use of media and technology can help support their teaching.

The workshop will take place on the following dates from 6:00-8:30pm:
  • November 9, 2020     Media and Technology      
  • November 16, 2020    Learning Environment             
  • November 23, 2020    Skills and Concepts    
  • November 30, 2020    Family Engagement

Both series will also be offered in Spanish on additional dates. Please email Mayra Monterroso, Coordinator of Family Literacy for more information or to register.
Learn in Any Environment with PBS
As we begin the new school year amid a pandemic, PBS continues to support educators, children, and caregivers. Free broadcast, digital, and analog resources have been developed to contribute to equitable access for all students and provide valuable resources for educators and caregivers to support learning in and out of the classroom.
PreK-Grade 2
Rhode Island PBS and the PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel provide educational programming for children ages 2-8, seven days a week. Find related resources and activities to be used in any learning environment in this month's Learn Along Bingo Packets: Let's Build, Being Kind, Celebrating Fall, and Let's Vote.
Grades 6-12
On weekdays from noon to 5pm, WORLD offers science, history, and English language arts programs including American Experience, History Detectives, NOVA, and more, with a list of related resources on PBS LearningMedia. The schedule will air on WSBE Learn (digital 36.2; Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 989; and Comcast 294 or 312) until the end of 2020.
All Learners: PreK-12
The PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines collection is available on PBS LearningMedia and includes printable resources suitable for physical distribution as well as digital resources, videos, and lesson plans to support distance instruction for children in grades PreK-12.
New Local PBS LearningMedia Resources
New resources for Rhode Island PBS segments from CAMP TV

CAMP TV was a 20-episode educational series that aired nationally over the summer, giving children at home a taste of camp while many were closed. Rhode Island PBS filmed three local segments and two were featured nationally. The local elementary-level resources include "Be Like a Sloth" with Roger Williams Park Zoo as well as "Food Webs" and "Ocean Acidification" with Save The Bay educators.
Opioids In Our Community resources are now available in Spanish

Thanks to the generous support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, we have translated the video segments and support materials for the Opioids In Our Community Middle and High School resources that were published on PBS LearningMedia in the fall of 2018. Stay tuned as we will be working with Rhode Island Student Assistance Services to share these resources with parents and educators in early 2021.
Councilwoman is a powerful film about Providence Ward 9's
Carmen Castillo

Tune in to Rhode Island PBS on Monday, October 12 at 9:00 pm for an encore presentation of America Reframed: Councilwoman. Then, visit PBS LearningMedia to find five film segments along with support materials that can be used to discuss topics such as elections, unions, and minimum wage with your middle school students.
Three new resources added to the Paws for a Minute collection

Paws for a Minute is one of the most popular Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia collections. Learners of all ages love to get up close and personal with the animals! We think your students in PreK-Grade 2 will enjoy learning about and discussing the Dromedary Camel, Binturong, and Tree Kangaroo by visiting them at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
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