Thinkport Bulletin: American Education Week

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November 15, 2016

American Ed Week

Happy American Education Week to all of the people making a real difference in the lives of children and youth! We appreciate your hard work and dedication. This week we shine the light on new PBS programs, Thinkport resources and Maryland Champions. 

PBS Teachers Spotlight

Teach Boldly

Teach Boldly Sweepstakes: PBS Teachers’ Lounge 
Enter the PBS sweepstakes for a chance to win a free, one-month supply of coffee, coffee mugs and more! One lucky grand-prize winner will receive a complete makeover for your school’s teachers’ lounge in 2017. Don’t forget to check out the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge, a virtual meeting place where educators can get and share ideas, interact with peers, and discover innovative learning tools.

PBS KIDS Spotlight

Wild Kratts

NEW! Wild Kratts Movie
Thanksgiving week, PBS KIDS is diving into the deep sea with the premiere of a new movie from everyone’s favorite adventure-seeking brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt. WILD KRATTS: CREATURES OF THE DEEP SEA premieres on MPT Wednesday, November 23 at 9:00 am. Check your local PBS stations for program times. 

Splash & Bubbles

NEW Series: Splash and Bubbles
Time to soak up some fun and learning with the highly-anticipated premier of SPLASH AND BUBBLES. The animated series will help children learn marine biology and ocean science concepts while building social-emotional skills. Catch the series launch Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 am on MPT. Check your local PBS stations for program times. 

Thinkport Spotlight


Education is our passion and mission at MPT! We celebrate and support educators by creating interactive learning explorations, innovative lessons and captivating multimedia. Here are some highlights!  

* ELA – High School
* MATH - Middle School
* SCIENCE - Elementary School
* STEM - Early Childhood Education

Educator and Champion Spotlight  

Kelly Ronson

Kelly Ronson
Passionate, enthusiastic and devoted! MPT is proud to shine the spotlight on Kelly Ronson, a 5th grade teacher at Stoneleigh Elementary School in Baltimore County. Kelly looks at learning in a unique way, giving each child the opportunity to choose what works best for them in the classroom.

Champion Spotlight!
Meet MPT's American Graduate Champions and see how they are positively impacting our youth. 

Thanksgiving Project Spotlight


The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Plan ahead for meaningful moments! Encourage your high school students to participate in a national oral history project by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend.

* Related Educational Resources

MPT Programs and Activities 

Black America Since MLK: And Still I RiseNovember 15 8:00 pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made and the obstacles that remain.

Treasures of the Earth: Power: Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 pm 
Drill down to discover how Earth's natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power our modern world.

What Was OursFriday Freeview at MPT! November 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Join MPT for a free film screening and light refreshments! In What Was Ours, a young Arapaho journalist and a pow wow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a wise Shoshone elder to explore artifacts removed their people.