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Learning with PBS KIDS: Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

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January 05, 2018

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual PD series specially designed with PreK- 1 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 1 hour virtual PD event. 


Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious

January 24  @ 7-8pm ET

Join us for a virtual PD event and catch an exclusive 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 hopes to encourage children across America to follow their passions and express themselves creatively while building important skills and having fun. This teacher professional development event will explore arts and creativity themes and feature a discussion about how to integrate creative activities into curriculum. 

Speakers include:

  • Victoria Kann, Author of the best-selling HarperCollins book series Pinkalicious
  • Ginger Huebner, Founding Director of Roots + Wings School of Art and Design
  • Dorothea Gillim, Executive Producer of Pinaklicious and Peterrific for PBS KIDS
  • Mallory Mbalia, Elementary School Assisant Principal


Learning with PBS KIDS: Social & Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger

February 6 @ 7-8pm ET

This virtual PD event will feature 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
  • Michelle Garmon, First Grade Teacher
  • Cathy Cook, Manager of Education Projects, WQED Multimedia



Learning with PBS KIDS: Playful Learning with Technology 


February 22 @ 7-8pm ET

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 this 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
  • Mia Leonard, Classroom Teacher


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