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Upcoming Events

Become a PBS Media Literacy Certified Teacher!

In this workshop, you will practice using methods to evaluate online media with a PBS Media Literacy Certified Wisconsin Teacher and staff from PBS Wisconsin Education. Your participation in this workshop will put you in the right direction for starting your first PBS Media Literacy Credential!

Conference Registration
Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK -12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    11:00am - 12:00pm, Friday
    August 6, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online
  • PBS is presenting at this event
  • Event Cost:
    $125 registration charged for the Play-Make-Learn Conference

Recent Events

Virtual/online event

Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

How do racism, mental health, history, and education intersect? Join the Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching series from the national PBS Virtual Professional Learning Series to deepen your understanding and create positive change.
 
In this four-part series, experts from PBS will investigate the ways in which racism, mental health, history, and education intersect, and discuss how media and media literacy can be used as tools to deepen our understanding, turn knowledge into action, and create immediate, positive change in the fight against anti-Black racism in education.  
 
 
 
Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    Series of four evening webinars on June 15, 17, 22, and 24
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar series
  • PBS is hosting this event.
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Building Community in Urban and Rural School Settings

Whether rural or urban, Wisconsin communities are increasingly multicultural and multilingual, with nearly 30 languages spoken around the state. Schools play an integral role in building community with all families, within and beyond school doors. In this webinar, you will learn about steps school administrators and educators can take to make cultural inclusivity a priority,  ways schools can engage families from all backgrounds in a meaningful way, and ideas for strategizing with local or statewide organizations to achieve these common goals. 

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday
    June 1, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this event
Virtual/online event

Virtual Contest

Click Youth Media Challenge

Are you a creative young person with an interest in video production? Share your perspective through a short documentary, commentary on current events, or an innovative take on a topic you’re learning in school in the first-ever Click Youth Media Challenge. PBS Wisconsin Education and Play Make Learn invite students in grades K-12 to submit their media productions for the first ever Click Youth Media Challenge. Student-made media will be available to view during the 2021 Play Make Learn Conference. Prizes will be awarded at the conference for top entries. Educators who submit media pieces for their students will be considered for the Click Media Educator Award, a recognition of excellence in media education.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    Contest winners announced during the Play Make Learn conference August 5th and 6th.
Virtual/online event

Playful Learning with PBS KIDS

Tips for Being A Media Mentor in the Classroom

Are you interested in using media in your classroom? Wondering where to look for media content? Earn Registry credits and join us on May 22nd, along with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association for Playful Learning with PBS KIDS: Tips for Being a Media Mentor in the Classroom. Discover research-based guidelines and practical tips for using tech with young learners. Come ready to learn, play, connect, and leave with a new toolbox of activities! Come ready to learn, play, and connect with other early childhood educators near you!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Early Childhood Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    1:00pm - 2:00pm, Saturday
    May 22, 2021
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
Virtual/online event

Educator Peer Exchange

Introduction to Digital Tools— Leverage PBS LearningMedia with resources for grades K-5

Digital tools ranging from Edpuzzle to Nearpod to Jamboard have become ubiquitous during the COVID crisis while teachers and students have relied on them to enhance instruction and student attention. This session, the first in a series, will feature tech-savvy educators leading interactive introductory demonstrations of Flipgrid and Nearpod, and showcasing how you can integrate these apps with free resources on PBS LearningMedia from GBH and PBS Wisconsin. There will be ample time for hands-on practice and Q & A. This session is a collaboration between GBH Education, PBS LearningMedia and PBS Wisconsin.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-5 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    6:00pm - 7:00pm, Tuesday
    May 11, 2021
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar recording
Learning Powered by Curiosity

Working Cross-Culturally with Families and Communities

The classroom community reaches far beyond the classroom walls as students’ families, community members, and the natural environment are all part of their identity. Valuing students’ communities, families, and cultural funds of knowledge in the classroom also helps build a more inclusive classroom community. This panel of Wisconsin educators will share stories of working cross-culturally with diverse families and communities and offer insights to create more welcoming environments for all of our students.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    4:00pm - 5:30pm, Tuesday
    May 11, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this Event
Learning Powered by Curiosity

Honoring APIDA Heritage in the Classroom with PBS Resources

Unearth PBS digital resources you can use to expand Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) history into your classroom. This brief lunchtime webinar will be divided into two groups: elementary resources and middle-high school resources. Walk away with digital resources you can use in your classroom the next day!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    12:00-12:30 P.M. Tuesday May 4, 2021
    OR
    12-12:30 P.M. Wednesday May 5, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar recording
Virtual/online event

Remake Learning Days

PBS Wisconsin Education is a proud sponsor of Remake Learning Days, a festival celebrating events and educational resources that help youth develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Parents, caregivers, and young people
  • Event Date and Time:
    April 22-May 15, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    VIRTUAL EVENT
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is sponsoring this event
Virtual/online event

Representation Matters: First Nations Voices in Educational Digital Media (WIEA)

American Indians are often under-represented or mis-represented in mainstream media and in educational content. During this session, attendees will learn about educational resources and materials available from PBS that celebrate Indigenous people as diverse individuals communities. Session participants will walk away with resources that can be used both in the classroom and other educational opportunities to recognize diverse Native experiences.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    10:15am - 11:15am, Wednesday
    April 21, 2021
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Co-Presenting at this event
Virtual/online event

Carrie Frost: Fly Fishing Boss and Wisconsin Biographies

Join us in welcoming the latest addition to our Wisconsin Biographies resources, Carrie Frost. Carrie Frost was a fly fishing enthusiast who paved the way for other female entrepreneurs and business owners in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Come learn more about Carrie and sign up for Wisconsin Biographies Trading Cards for use in your classroom!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    3rd-8th Grade Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Wednesday
    April 14, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this Event
Virtual/online event

Nervous System Engineers: Superpowered by Stem Cells

Are your students curious about what engineers do in a lab or how stem cells are used in research? The Stem Cell Bioprocessing and Regenerative Biomaterials Lab bioengineers neural tissue to study the nervous system. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the “Nervous System Engineers”––part of Meet the Lab resources for middle school science and have the chance to talk to a bioengineer who works in the lab.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Middle school science and STEAM educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    6:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday
    March 23, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Conference
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
Virtual/online event

Antibiotic Hunters: Superpowered by Students

Introducing Tiny Earth, a global network of students and instructors dedicated to discovering new antibiotics through student-sourcing field research. In this webinar, you’ll learn about “Antibiotic Hunters”––part of Meet the Lab resources for middle school science and have the opportunity to participate in a live conversation with scientist Julia Nepper who studies antibiotics by searching for microorganisms in soil.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Middle school science and STEAM educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday
    March 23, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Conference
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Presenting at this event
Learning Powered by Curiosity

Winter Series: Centering Black Excellence: Wisconsin EdCamp Chat

Black History Month has come and gone, but these efforts must continue year-round. What questions do you still have? Let’s talk about them.

This Edcamp event celebrates the learning that occurred during Black History Month and will inspire a renewed commitment to seeking equity-focused, racial justice-oriented education in all learning spaces. What questions do you still have regarding Black excellence, racial disparities in education, or being a better ally? Bring them to this event and converse with like-minded educators around the state grappling with these same inquiries.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday
    March 16, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this event
Virtual/online event

Getting Started with Video Production: The Click Youth Media Challenge

Help your students get started with media production! As a kick off to the first ever Click Youth Media Challenge, this webinar will serve as an introduction to video production providing tips for helping your students create video and audio pieces they can submit for the Click Youth Media Challenge. Learn how to use your phone to capture video and audio, how to get a variety of shots and plan a sequence of images, how to use storyboards for planning and how to embed media projects into your curriculum. Learn more about how students can showcase their work with an authentic audience at the 2021 Play Make Learn Conference.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 5:00pm, Thursday
    March 11, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Workshop
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this event
Learning Powered by Curiosity

Winter Series: Diversifying your Classroom Bookshelf with the CCBC

Expand your classroom bookshelf to include new children’s and young adult literature by and about people of color. PBS Wisconsin is proud to host Madeline Tyner, a librarian at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as they share brand new books from 2020 and early 2021. 

The CCBC is dedicated to diversity and education. They document the number of books they receive annually that are by and about Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Beginning in 2018, they began documenting the content of every book they received around other aspects of diversity and representation in children’s and young adult literature as well, including LGBTQ+, disability, and religion.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PReK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    4:00pm - 5:30pm, Tuesday
    March 9, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this event
  • Event Resource:
    WEBINAR RECORDING
Virtual/online event

Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin: LatinX Curriculum and Lesson Planning

Join the Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin performers as they share their joy of music, growth as performers, love of culture and heritage, and challenges faced as they share music throughout their work in our state. In this workshop, Schuyler Pietz encourages the use of LatinX music in your classroom with the Re/Sound educator engagement guides she created.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Grades 4-8 & General Music Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    9:00am - 11:00am, Saturday
    March 6, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Workshop
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is partnering at this event
Learning Powered by Curiosity

Winter Series: Black Educators Speak: A Critical Look at Equity Across Learning Environments

With Wisconsin being at the national forefront of racialized educational disparities between Black and white students, many educators seek strategies for dismantling existing barriers. This leads many educators to ask the question: what does race-based equity look like in a variety of learning spaces? From early childhood classrooms to afterschool settings and college lecture halls, join our outstanding panel of Wisconsin education leaders to learn about their own experiences and strategies for developing equitable learning spaces.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday
    February 24, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is Facilitating this Event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar Recording
Virtual/online event

WHSA (Wisconsin Head Start Association)

Join PBS Wisconsin Education’s virtual session at the Wisconsin Head Start Association Conference PBS KIDS Playful Learning for Educators. In this webinar, you will learn and play together using digital and non-digital tools. Time is provided for educators to construct and share their own understanding of how the teaching strategies and PBS KIDS resources support children’s learning and development. The goal is to empower educators with the tools, skills, and confidence to bring similar media-rich, play-based, and learner-centered experiences into their own environments and communities. Educators will leave each session with new digital resources from PBS KIDS and an action plan for how they will put their learning into practice.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Head Start Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    11:00am - 12:30pm, Wednesday
    February 24, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
Virtual/online event

Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin: Hmong Curriculum and Lesson Planning

Join the Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin performers as they share their joy of music, growth as performers, love of culture and heritage, and challenges faced as they share music throughout their work in our state. In this workshop, curriculum writers, Katherine Miller and Lucy Wrenn, share ideas and resources provided in the Re/Sound educator engagement guides for sharing Hmong music in your classroom.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    GRADES 4-8 CLASSROOM AND MUSIC EDUCATORS
  • Event Date and Time:
    9:00am - 11:10am, Saturday
    February 20, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    ONLINE EVENT
  • PBS WISCONSIN EDUCATION IS PARTNERING ON THIS EVENT
Virtual/online event

Black History Education Conference

PBS Wisconsin Education is proud to sponsor this event, ensuring that scholarships are available to increase the access to Wisconsin educators!

Join us at 10:45-11:45am on February 20th for a special break out workshop: You’re a Star! Celebrating Black Scientists with PBS Wisconsin.

Want to learn more about Black Space Scientists, PBS KIDS, and participate in a hands-on, building activity? Join Mouna Algahaithi from PBS Wisconsin as she leads families together through an interactive workshop. We will read together, watch a brief PBS KIDS episode related to the theme, and build a spacesuit for our own stuffed animal while celebrating the accomplishments of important Black science figures! Make sure to bring your little one(s) and your favorite stuffed animal along for the mission!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    February 19-February 20, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Conference
  • PBS Wisconsin Education sponsoring this conference and facilitating a session
Virtual/online event

Call for Applications: Meet the Lab Spring 2021 Educator Cohort

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms that introduces learners to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate and solve problems using science. 

We’re gearing up to add four more labs to the collection; labs who are doing research about regenerative biology, virology, psychology and visual perception, and real world applications for emergent technologies such as virtual reality, and we are now recruiting a cohort of educators to help us develop and test activities and be part of project videos. 

Check out this flyer to learn more about what we have planned for the cohort and then apply here by February 23, 2021. 

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Middle School Science Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    Apply by 11:59 pm February 23, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Cohort
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is facilitating this cohort
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Winter Series: Teaching Black History with PBS Digital Resources

Unearth PBS digital resources you can use to expand Black History Month in February and throughout the year. This brief lunchtime webinar will be divided into two groups: elementary resources and middle-high school resources. Walk away with digital resources you can use in your classroom the next day!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PREK-12 EDUCATORS
  • Event Date and Time:
    12:00-12:30pm, Tuesday February 9, 2021
    or
    12:00-12:30pm, Wednesday February 10, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    ONLINE EVENT
  • PBS WISCONSIN EDUCATION IS HOSTING THIS EVENT
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar recording
Virtual/online event

WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Conference)

The WEMTA Conference brings together current, future and past educators to share knowledge of library, literacy and technology topics. Nine concurrent sessions over two days offers a wide variety of choices. Stop by the PBS Wisconsin Education virtual exhibit booth or make a one-on-one appointment to speak with Jessie Nixon, an Education Engagement Specialist at PBS Wisconsin Education, during the lunch break! PBS Wisconsin Education is proud to sponsor WEMTA Virtual Bingo on Monday, February 8th at 4:30. Be sure to attend for your chance to win!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    February 7- February 8, 2021
  • How to Attend:
    Online
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is exhibiting at this event
Virtual/online event

Online: Panel Discussion

Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin Performer Panel Discussion

Join the Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin performers as they share their joy of music, growth as performers, love of culture and heritage, and challenges faced as they share music throughout their work in our state. Discussion will be based on submitted questions and topics chosen by the performers.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    7:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday
    December 3, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Online Event
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is a partner at this event
  • Event Resource:
    WEBINAR RECORDING
Virtual/online event

Online: Webinar

Meet the Lab: STEAM Content for Your Middle School Classroom

Join PBS Wisconsin Education to learn how to activate our newest content, Meet the Lab! This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science. Learn more about how to use this content in your classroom and hear about upcoming opportunities for you and your students to engage with STEAM content.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    Grades 6-8 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Thursday
    December 3, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is hosting this event
  • Event Resource:
    WEBINAR RECORDING
Virtual/online event

Online: Virtual Conference

2020 Wisconsin State Virtual Music Conference

Session: You, Your Students and Your Community with the WSMA and PBS Wisconsin Re/sound Project

WSMA and PBS Wisconsin Education’s project, Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin can help you and your students explore the connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. Hear from those involved in the process – what they personally gained and what you and your students can learn about yourselves and each other through use of the Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin resources.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    5:30pm - 6:15pm, Tuesday
    October 27, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Virtual Conference
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
  • Event Resource:
    Presentation Recording
Virtual/online event

Online: Webinar

Breaking White Silence in Schools

Teaching While White’s Co-Directors, Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi lead a discussion about talking about race and making whiteness explicit in school communities.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:00pm - 4:30pm, Wednesday
    August 26, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is hosting this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar Recording
Virtual/online event

Online: Webinar

Building Culturally Relevant Classrooms with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Join nationally recognized education researcher, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings and PBS Wisconsin to learn about the four factors that have led to the educational disparities that exist between Black and White students in the U.S.. Dr. Ladson-Billings will also share her vision for culturally relevant teaching in a post-COVID-19 world.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday
    June 30, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is hosting this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar Recording
Virtual/online event

Online: Webinar

Wisconsin Biographies: Media to Enrich Social Studies and Literacy Curriculum

Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of free, educational, online media resources that tell the stories of notable people in Wisconsin history whose contributions to society continue to resonate today. This webinar explores the animated videos, text biographies, image gallery, interactives, and teaching tips. Wisconsin Biographies is intended for use in grades 3-8.

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    K-12 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday
    May 5, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar Recording
Virtual/online event

Online: Webinar

Learning with Molly of Denali

An introduction to using PBS KIDS’ Molly of Denali to enrich American Indian studies, literacy, and social-emotional learning lessons. Our Education Engagement Specialist, Mouna Algahaithi discusses how to leverage the additional resources that accompany the show’s episodes to help your students grow their skills!

Event Details
  • Event Audience:
    PreK-3 Educators
  • Event Date and Time:
    3:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday
    April 28, 2020
  • How to Attend:
    Webinar
  • PBS Wisconsin Education is presenting at this event
  • Event Resource:
    Webinar Recording