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Illustration of Electa Quinney teaching in a classroom in front of a blackboard with the Wisconsin Biographies logo superimposed, a tagline (people making history), and a banner displaying the title of the resource (Electa Quinney)
This educator endured hardships and injustice to lift up Native and non-Native people through her generosity and guidance.Meet Electa Quinney, Wisconsin's first known public school teacher and a notable mentor in the Mohican community.
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Bring the world to your classroom with PBS LearningMedia. Find more than 30,000 free-to-use educational resources for educators in all core subjects from PBS stations across the country, including PBS Wisconsin Education resources! Access videos, interactives, lesson plans and curated collections to create unique and fun learning experiences aligned to state standards. Searching for content is easy. Knowing what you find comes from a trusted source is even better.
Photo of a parent helping their child learn through play, with the logo for Early Learning superimposed, and a purple flag with white text, education resources
Explore opportunities to include developmentally appropriate, high-quality educational media resources in any early learning setting.
Illustration of Mahmoud Othman Atta
Check out the Wisconsin Biographies story on community builder Mahmoud Othman Atta, who built the first mosque in the Milwaukee area open to all.
Geshe Lhundub Sopa, from Wisconsin Biographies, People Making History, with illustration of Geshe Sopa
Learn how Geshe Sopa preserved his Tibetan culture far from home in this video from PBS Wisconsin Education’s Wisconsin Biographies collection.
Illustration of a sailing ship with sailors aboard and text superimposed, The Legend of the Lost Emerald: Educator Resources
Chart the course of your learning voyage with these educator resources—including guiding questions, key terms, standards, and more resources to help you sail ahead!
Illustration of a boat driving around a buoy with a sonar image of a shipwreck below the water and text superimposed, The Legend of the Lost Emerald: Play the Game!
Dive in! Step into the shoes of Jules, a maritime archaeologist to recover the stories behind shipwrecks inspired by real Great Lakes history!
Illustration of shipwreck with superimposed text, The Legend of the Lost Emerald
Dive into maritime mysteries inspired by real Great Lakes history with this adventure game for learners in grades 4-6.
When this problem-solver learned that a landfill in her Sauk County community was closing much earlier than it should, she got to work. Her activism and effort ended up making big changes in plastics recycling.
Upon learning about the school and housing discrimination happening in their hometown, these Milwaukee movers and shakers took action, making their case on the campaign trail, in the courtroom, and on the streets of their city.
Getting his start at an early age, this music industry innovator from Waukesha made some serious (sound) waves with his inventions.
When the United States Government’s land grabs put his people in harm’s way, this Menominee leader pushed back and proposed a new plan to protect their homeland and way of life.
Neither her dad’s disapproval, nor Northern Wisconsin weather would keep this determined doctor from practicing medicine. When a dream of building a hospital seemed out of reach, her community collected a million pennies to make it happen.
From outdoor adventures in Clear Lake, to representing his community and his state in government, this down-to-earth visionary always kept his eyes on the environment to make a better world for us all.
This activist and advisor didn’t let limiting ideas about what women could do —or uncomfortable corsets—confine her in her quest to get access to the ballot box and foster greater peace in the world.
Sick of struggling up steep hills on their bikes, these two gear heads jumped on the opportunity to improve the motorcycle, creating a business that became big in Wisconsin and around the world.
This freedom seeker traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to Racine, Wisconsin, and later to Canada, aided by abolitionists and the Underground Railroad. His story is part of a series of events that led to the declaration of the end of slavery in the United States.
This fly fishing phenom didn’t let her line get tangled up in the stereotypes of women of her time. She used her passion for fly fishing to start a brilliant business that put Stevens Point on the map and gave women new work opportunities.
This courageous justice seeker’s path would take her from Milwaukee to Germany, where belief in equal rights would lead her to join the resistance working against Hitler and the Nazis.
From New York to Neenah, this industrious innovator’s journey to becoming a leader in the paper products world was marked by his commitment to serving his community and country.