Thinkport Newsletter: PBS Potpourri: Education, Events and PD

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May 18 Edition, 2017

PBS Potpourri

We are powering up learning and teaching with a potpourri of PBS resources, activities and programs. Come along for the ride and see what's in store.

Professional Development


PBS Education
Get connected to a robust resource portal offering quality lessons and activities, a Teachers' Lounge to share ideas, and a thriving education blog broken down into four key areas. 

> Access blog posts and topics 

Sesame Math

Early Educators: FREE Math Course
In preschool, math is everywhere, and it's integral to learning. All early childhood educators are invited to join the Sesame Street friends in an interactive course covering math and pretend play. Learners will explore the ways babies and toddlers build a foundation for math, and review key math objectives for children ages 25.

This self-paced course runs from May 8 – August 11, so educators can complete the course at their convenience.

Kids and Family

PBS Family

PBS KIDS: Family Night
Airs each week on Friday

The 24/7 PBS KIDS channel debuted a new “PBS Kids Family Night,” offering weekly family viewing events with featured movie specials and themed programming. Families can catch these events every Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., repeating on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

> Access PBS KIDS program schedule

PBS Stick

PBS KIDS Streaming Stick
On-Demand Learning

Creative, research-based content and innovative media are now accessible wherever you go with the launch of the PBS KIDS Plug & Play. The handy device offers a one-stop destination to engage with a variety of PBS KIDS educational content. Also included are pre-loaded sing-alongs and exclusive games and original content.

> Access press release for more information

Special Community Event

Kids Park

Kids to Parks Day
May 20, 2017 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Washington, D.C.

Join MPT, Nature Cat, and National Park Trust's, Buddy Bison in our Nation’s Capital this Saturday, May 20th in commemoration of the 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day. This FREE family event will include appearances by Nature Cat, fishing instruction and activities (including supplies), STEM, arts & crafts and environmental education activities, community resources, and more!

> Access event activities

Daniel T

Community Day Event
May 21, 2017 - 10:00 am 5:00 pm
St. Michaels, MD 

Meet the lovable PBS KIDS character Daniel Tiger in person during the 2nd Annual Community Day. Grab the family and head to St. Michaels, MD for a day of celebration, fun-filled activities, and community connections! Held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Fogg’s Landing, the event includes free admission, live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more. MPT’s education staff and Daniel Tiger can’t wait to meet you!

> Access event information

Thinkport Highlight

early ed

Early Education Activities

Thinkport offers quick access to early learning activities designed around trusted PBS KIDS content and programs. Key topics include literacy, math, social studies, STEM and social & emotional skills.

 > Access resources and activities