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Indigenous Cultural and Informational Text Resources from Molly of Denali; Free webinar for K-5 educators; Wednesday, September 29th, 7pm ET
Gear up for the new school year with resources that support diverse cultural awareness and accessing informational text, available free on PBS LearningMedia and all drawn from the animated series, Molly of Denali.

Molly of Denali, the PBS KIDS’ award-winning series follows the adventures of curious and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl who lives in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Join us for a deep dive into the Molly of Denali supplemental resources, e.g. podcast, short clips and teaching tips, all centered around teaching young children how to access and create informational text while exploring aspects of Alaska Native culture and values.

Featured educator presenters will share their favorite Molly of Denali resources on PBS Learningmedia and help you integrate them easily into your existing curriculum. You will leave this webinar with very specific strategies and resources you can use immediately.

Also, joining us will be Vermont Agency of Education curriculum leads who embraced Molly of Denali to support early literacy in VT classrooms during the pandemic. They have curriculum guides to share and advice for other state departments of education.

This session will be recorded and a certificate is available for those who attend the livestream and complete a brief survey.

Sep 29, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Michelle Maloney
Focused Instructional Coach @Worcester Arts Magnet School, MA
Michelle has been an educator for the Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts for the last 18 years. She began teaching for the Worcester Child Development Head Start Program, working with children ages 3-5. For the last 11 years she has been teaching 4th grade. This year she is transitioning to the role of Focused Instructional Coach at the Worcester Arts Magnet School. This new position will allow her to explore her passion for professional development and to help her community of teachers and students continue to grow. Michelle has advised GBH Education on the development of Molly of Denali resources on PBS LearningMedia and she is currently serving as a GBH Educator Ambassador.
Janet Steward
Former PreK-1 teacher and VT Teacher of the Year
Janet is a celebrated Vermont Educator. She earned her undergraduate degree from Goddard College and Masters from St. Michael's College, both in VT. She taught PreK-1st grades for 30 years. She was named Vermont's 2002 Teacher of the Year, and the US Department of Education 2004 American Star of Teaching. After retiring from public school teaching, she has worked for the Stern Center for Language or Learning teaching Graduate Students, and training educators in the TIME program and Building Blocks. Along with her husband, Janet raises Highland cattle for breeding stock and beef. She has around 100 animals and has the oldest registered fold of Highland cattle in the US--since 1967.