News from KLRN Education

New Beginnings Bring New Experiences
Maricella Borroel
Director of Early Childhood Services

New beginnings don’t happen only with the New Year — they happen because of moments; moments of clarity and instances of questioning. Change happens whether or not a person is ready. It happens when it is needed. Change can be scary and powerful- we grow because we change. We change and we grow.

I’m a work in progress, as are KLRN’s Early Childhood Programs. I’ve had the opportunity the past four years to be part of a team who dream, develop, and deliver high quality experiences for children, their families, and caregivers. The blueprint for our services evolves as we consider what services families need, how we can best meet the need, and as we work to build dynamic opportunities and engage with our participants.

We enter this month continuing that legacy as we present Play & Learn Groups, Parent Workshops, Little Bites, Big Steps Workshops, and Community Caf├ęs; it continues as we modify our delivery of services. Within our programs, we are continuously exploring new ways to assess school readiness, and to measure our effectiveness and impact. New, this year, we are utilizing tools, like the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, to measure children’s developing skills- are they more prepared for success in school and in life? Are the parents and caregivers more aware of developmental milestones? Are families engaging in developmentally appropriate activities? How successful are we? How are we tracking change? I’m encouraged by the commitment, the creativity, and the collaborative effort that each member of KLRN’s Team contributes to building experiences. Our team embraces the challenges and the opportunities. Our team is engaged, powerful, and ready for change- the change that is needed to help us get to the next level.

As a new day breaks, just as we do at KLRN, I encourage you to share resources with others and to engage in new experiences. I encourage you all to enter each day, looking for better, expecting more of yourself, and building opportunities. Be more today and even more the day after that. And if what you need doesn’t exist- create it and invite others to learn from you.

Resources From KLRN

KLRN PBS Learning Media gives you trusted, classroom-ready, resources you can use to engage students (log in or create a free KLRN Connect account):

Divergent Evolution (Grades 1-4)
Gain insight into the animal reproduction process known as divergent evolution, in which two related species become more and more dissimilar, with specialized features and characteristics.

How Evolution Works (Grades 6-8) 
In this lesson, students learn about natural selection, the mechanism that drives evolution. They begin by viewing short videos about the evolution of physical and behavioral adaptations in various organisms.

How New Species Evolve (Grades 9-12)
In this two-part lesson, students learn about both allopatric and sympatric speciation. First, students study allopatric speciation by visiting the Web feature Allopatric Speciation. In the second part of the lesson, students learn about sympatric speciation by studying hummingbirds and lacewing flies.