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PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite, and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.


A Place of Our Own Distance Training
A Place of Our Own Distance Training: The Community Idea Stations’ Ready To Learn Program recognizes that early childhood professionals need access to a variety of comprehensive educational information and training that allows them to be qualified and skilled to provide quality child care for children in Virginia. We are pleased to announce that professionals can earn training hours by viewing a DVD of the award-winning series A Place of Our Own and completing a self-study packet.


PBS Teacherline
PBS Teacherline: For anytime, anywhere learning, enroll in one of PBS TeacherLine’s engaging professional development courses. PBS TeacherLine offers 35 online courses over seven separate sessions to provide a flexible learning schedule for busy educators.


Digital Resources
American Experience: (Grades 7-12) A documentary series that analyzes the people and events that have shaped America. The website allows you to watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes to enrich your students’ learning.

Daily News Story–PBS NewsHour Extra: Teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, we are proud to bring you the Daily News Story which takes the best of the PBS NewsHour news program and pairs it with discussion questions, lesson plans and stories developed specifically for students.

Mission US: (Grades 5-8) A website that offers multimedia interactive games set in different eras of U.S. history. Students role play as characters in the game to experience events and learn that history is about people who often made very difficult choices.

NOVA: (Grades 6-12) An award-winning source for standards-based classroom resources in science, technology and engineering.

NOVA Labs: A new digital platform where “citizen scientists” can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cyber-security strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.

PBS KIDS Interactive Whiteboard Games: Here is our collection of interactive whiteboard games for educators on PBS KIDS. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why! and Arthur. Like our programs, all of our games are age-appropriate and vetted by educators.

PBS KIDS Island: (Grades PreK-3) Students create an interactive playground with PBS Kids Island. The site offers reading games and activities for children, and resources and literacy activities for parents and teachers.

PBS KIDS Lab: (Grades PreK-3) A new website that focuses on math skills using any technology available, from mobile apps to online games and interactive whiteboard activities.

STEM Education Resource Center: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources for Grades PreK-12.