Thinkport Bulletin: President's Day, Politics and FREE PD

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February 14, 2018

Leaders and Learners

Leaders, Presidents and Politics

Take your students back in time to explore history-making leaders, influential speeches, and critical moments in politics.    

Silver Gold

Silver and Gold: The 1896 Election
The election contest between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan was seen as the beginning of a new era in American politics, where economic issues played a crucial role. MPT’s online inquiry kit supports student learning around this pivotal time through the examination and analysis of primary source documents from the Library of Congress. The unit includes key thinking questions to prompt inquiry around a collection of resources including an illustration, article, political pamphlet and cartoon, and a written song.


Presidential Messages During the Early Cold War
During the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union competed for resources and power. They became involved in a dangerous race to create the largest militaries and the most powerful nuclear weapons. In MPT’s literacy-building social studies activity, students examine two of Truman’s speeches during the Cold War, specific vocabulary in the speeches, and the way vocabulary and other methods are used to convey messages and point of view.

Citizens Rights

Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities: Voting 
One of the features of a true democracy is free and open elections. In MPT’s civics-themed literacy lesson, students analyze quantitative and qualitative forms of information in order to answer compelling research questions about voter participation trends and citizens’ rights. To reinforce learning along the way, the interactive module includes an introductory welcome section, followed by “learn, try, review and conquer” activities, along with a final exit ticket.   

Professional Development and Learning

Sesame Street

Sesame Street: Building a Reader
Course Sessions: Open now through April 9th
Educators have the power to engage children in their journey to become proficient readers and writers. A FREE online course from Sesame Street provides opportunities for early educators to increase capacity building and knowledge around early literacy and family engagement for children ages 2-5.

Enroll at any time! More sessions are available throughout 2018! 

Playful Learning

Playful Learning with Technology
Virtual PD
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Finding a balance between meaningful screen time and playful, hands-on-learning can be tricky. To help you sort it all out, PBS KIDS is offering a FREE training event. Learn how to evaluate digital media,  kids apps, and online games in order to decide what's best for your children. 

Class Tool

NEW! Class Rostering Tool

A new class rostering tool from PBS LearningMedia allows educators to easily keep track of students' progress and completion of assignments. During the webinar, participants will learn how to take full advantage of class rostering and other advanced tools to bring lessons to life for students!

MPT Special Event

Anne Curry

Friday Freeview Screening at MPT!
We'll Meet Again: Episode 5 Indian Summer
Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm 

Join MPT for an advance screening of the new hit series "We'll Meet Again." Series host Ann Curry shares the stories of dramatic reunions between people who changed each other’s lives during the Civil Rights Movement.