Thinkport Newsletter: MLK Day, Professional Development, MPT Programs

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January 11, 2017  Edition 


Teach your students about the importance of the Civil Rights Movement, access new professional development opportunities, and see what's happening on MPT!

Civil Rights Activities

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Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth Century World
Teach your students about 20th century war, conflict and peace in MPT’s social studies-themed literacy activity. Just in time for MLK Day, one of the activities uses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to help students learn about cause and effect.  Skills/objective: determine the content and meaning of a source, identify organization of text. 


STAND! Untold Stories from the Civil Rights Movement
Monday, January 16, 9:00 pm on MPT.
Tune into MPT to learn about the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, selecting Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous Project Confrontation.


Civil Rights Educational Resources
Extend learning into the classroom with this collection of activities from PBS LearningMedia. Resources include archival news footage, primary sources, and interview segments to help students learn about civil rights.  

Professional Development


Educator Webinar: PBS LearningMedia 101
January 17, 7:00 PM EST | Register here

Start the new year by adding to your digital toolkit! Discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students.

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Call for Entries: 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program
The recruitment period is underway and applications are rolling in! Now it’s your turn to strut your stuff and show what you know. You can apply to the program by submitting a 1-3 minute “mini-presentation” video to show how you are using resources from PBS LearningMedia to enhance teaching and inspire learning.

MPT/PBS Program Highlights

NOVA: The Nuclear Option
January 11, 9:00 pm on MPT
Despite a catastrophe, a new generation of nuclear power seems poised to emerge phoenix-like from the ashes of Fukushima. View clip here!

STAND! Untold Stories from the Civil Rights Movement
January 16, 9:00 pm on MPT (See above for details)

FRONTLINE: Divided States of America
January 17 & 18, 9:00 pm on MPT (2 night miniseries)
Examine the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country. View clip here!