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Early Childhood Educators: Don't Miss This Virtual Professional Development Series

Join us for a three-part professional development series specially designed with PreK-1st grade teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual PD event. Learn more here

New series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC premieres February 19, 2018.
Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
Wed, January 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
This teacher professional development event will explore arts and creativity themes and feature a discussion about how to integrate creative activities into curriculum. Attendees will also catch a first look at our new PBS KIDS show Pinkalicious and Peterrific, premiering on February 19. Based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, this new series is designed to help preschool-age children explore the arts and creativity. Following the adventures of Pinkalicious, an artist at heart who imagines possibilities everywhere she looks and sees the world differently from others, this program aims to encourage children across America to follow their passions and express themselves creativity while building important skills and having fun. This session will explore ways to emphasize arts and creativity themes in the classroom, and will explore the free resoruces available for teacher use on PBS LearningMedia, including video clips and lesson plans.
Speakers include:
Victoria Kann, Author of Pinkalicious
Ginger Huber, Founding Director of Roots + Wings School of Art and Design
Dorothea Gillim, Executive Producer of Pinaklicious and Peteriffic for PBS KIDS
Learning with PBS KIDS: Social & Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger
Tue, February 6, 2018 - 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
This one hour, virtual-PD event will feature a discussion on social and emotional curriculum for kids aged 2-4. Featuring content from Emmy Award-nominated PBS KIDS show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, this session will focus on media tools that can be used to teach our youngest learners about skills like patience, dealing with frustration, and how to understand and manage their feelings. A recent study showed that kids who watched Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood had higher levels of empathy, were better at recognizing emotions and were more confident in social situations. This teacher-focused event will discuss various tools teachers can use to emphasize these skills in the classroom.
Speakers Include:
Gina Masciola, Manager of Education Projects, WQED Multimedia
Cathy Cook, Manager of Education Projects, WQED Multimedia
Learning with PBS KIDS: Playful Learning with Technology
Thu, February 22, 2018 -  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Wondering how to balance meaningful screen time with playful hands-on learning? What questions should you ask when evaluating digital media, apps for kids, and online games to use in your learning environment? During the final teacher PD event, we’ll explore creative solutions to these questions and developmentally appropriate strategies for integrating digital content that inspires play and supports 21st century learning.
Speakers include: 
Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS KIDS Digital
John Sessler, Lead Teacher Trainer for PBS Education

Laura serves as director of education at GPB. Her role includes planning and implementing education projects and overseeing educational content for teachers and students. Laura taught middle grades and high school English language arts and journalism for 11 years. Most recently, she served as instructional learning manager... more