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Opportunities for Learning from PBS Wisconsin Education

Monday, February 27, 2023

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is fortunate to have PBS Wisconsin Education as a remarkable collaborative partner. The resources they create and the professional learning they provide allow library media specialists and other educators to enhance their instructional strategies in media literacy, as well as multiple content areas.

This spring, PBS Wisconsin Education is showcasing a series on media literacy. “Media Literacy: Evaluating Online Information for Grades 6-12” took place in February and is now on the PBS Wisconsin Education YouTube channel with a link to the slides. Learn about the skills needed to evaluate online information and develop strategies to teach students how to be savvy consumers of news and other online sources. Media Literacy for Grades 3-5 takes place on Wednesday, March 22, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Learn about implementing media literacy in the classroom and develop strategies to teach students how to be savvy consumers of information and media. Playful Media Literacy in Early Learning follows on Monday, April 3, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Discover inspiration for integrating media literacy into your early learning environments! Hear from Madison Midvale Elementary 4K teacher Mary Eileen Hayes and explore Thinking and Making with Media from PBS KIDS.

The PBS Wisconsin Education podcast, aka Teacher, has been created with and for educators like you to explore the joys, challenges, and questions that come with being an educator today. With National Civics Learning Week approaching, you may consider listening to and sharing these episodes with your collaboration partners in social studies:

  1. Politics Entering the Classroom: We are coming up to an election day and talk of issues and events seems to swirl around everything we do. How do you keep your classroom civil when the political landscape is more heated than ever? Angie, Joanna, and our guest educator talk about navigating learning and teaching about what’s happening in the world today.

  2. After the Election: In the wake of an important election, we’re thinking about how elections, policy decisions, court rulings, and other legislation shape the learning happening in our classrooms and communities and impact educators and learners in ways we may or may not expect.

Finally, Wisconsin Biographies, a collection of videos and resources about famous Wisconsinites will also be adding new material. Check out Building Background Knowledge: Islam & Palestine with Wisconsin Biographies, Monday, March 13, 4:00 pm -5:30 pm. Educators will build background knowledge around Islam and Palestine to support teaching with an upcoming Wisconsin Biographies resource on Mahmoud Othman Atta, who build the first mosque in the Milwaukee area open to all!

PBS Wisconsin Education creates a wealth of free, high-quality, standards-aligned materials for Wisconsin educators and students. Use them as part of library programming and share them with other educators in your collaborations and integrations throughout the curriculum.

This article was created in collaboration with PBS Wisconsin Education.