Educational highlights from Arizona Public Media
Educational highlights from Arizona Public Media

January 2021

AZPM Classroom
Happy New Year to all! This month's newsletter highlights include Black History collections, Black History in Arizona resources, information about the 2021 NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and an upcoming PBS Ed Camp for teachers
Welcome to the 2021 Student Podcast Challenge
NPR Podcast Challenge Grades 5-12
Submission window: Jan 1-March 15th
This is a great opportunity for students to do what they love, share their ideas, and opinions!
  • No fancy equipment needed! Can be done on a phone.
  • The audio recording must be between 3-8 minutes in length.
  • Entries can include original music but not any recording artist's work (copyright!)
  • A teacher will need to submit the entry.
Find out more on the NPR Podcast Challenge page
PBS LearningMedia Civil Rights Collection
Black History Resources                       
K-3:  Check out these children’s book recommendations from PBS Kids, including books about Dr. King as well as ordinary people who stand up for what’s right, and stories about helping others and giving back. And remember, MLK, Jr. didn't work alone! Learn more in this video from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum when Xavier talks with Rosa Parks about the Civil Rights Movement.
6-12: Using archival news footage, primary sources, and interview segments originally filmed for Eyes on the Prize, but not included in the final broadcast, this collection captures the voices, images, and events of the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America.
Talking About Self-Care: A 3-Part Virtual Event for Educators
"You can't pour from an empty cup!"
Join us for a free workshop: "Talking About Self-Care: A 3-Part Virtual Event for Educators" starting Sunday, Jan. 24. Dive deeper into conversations about emotional health, equity in education, and exercising compassion, especially during times of extraordinary stress. We will also share techniques and resources you can bring back to your learners. Register here!
At Home Learning

At-Home Quarterly Planning Kit is Here! 

This new, free January - March Planning Kit is packed with resources, just like our last one, with ready-to-use items for your classrooms and resources to better engage students who have limited or no access to the internet, or school routine. Search by grade level and subject area. 

This kit features elementary and secondary planning kits aligned with PBS 6 and PBS 6 Plus Learn At Home broadcast schedule, a special focus on racial justice, and professional learning resources.

Black History in Arizona

Featured Local Resources:

Black History in Arizona

From the first non-native to ever come to the southwest, to the role Buffalo Soldiers played in settling the state, Arizona has been influenced and shaped by people of African descent for nearly 500 years. Watch Black History of Southern Arizona here. You can also use this digital timeline to explore Arizona’s black history, featuring struggles, achievements and African American leaders.

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Join the AZPM Classroom group on Facebook for special event notifications, activities, featured articles, professional development opportunities, and more!
PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification from KQED
PBS LearningMedia
 Free Classroom Resources for Pre K-12 Educators
PBS LearningMedia Workshops
Schedule LearningMedia trainings for schools, districts, community groups and more


Cheryl S. Gerken
Educational Outreach Coordinator 520-621-4792

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