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"Learning Lessons: Great ideas, Great schools," features stories and videos of educators doing great things in Pennsylvania's public schools. 

Share your ideas: Does your school have an innovative program? Do you use a unique approach to teaching that works for your students? A creative initiative you think other educators could try?

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Episode 5

Air date: Jan. 29, 2017

Features a Spanish immersion classroom in Southern Lehigh School District and the Helping Hands Club in Garnet Valley School District.

Episode 4

Air date: Nov. 13, 2016

Features a therapy dog program at Hilltop Academy and a unified physical education class at Biglerville High School. 

Episode 3

Air date: Aug. 14, 2016

Features a "Shark Tank"- style business class at Big Spring High School that matches students with local business mentors who help teach them how to be entrepreneurs.

Episode 2

Air date: June 12, 2016

Features the classroom of 4th grade teacher Mike Soskil, whose students take part in the Global Teaching Project.

Episode 1

Air date: Feb. 28, 2016

Features several innovative programs from across Pennsylvania. 

Features in Voice Magazine

May 2017: Comics in the Classroom

In most high school classrooms, if a student was reading a comic book, it would be taken away. But in Tim Smyth’s social studies class at Wissahickon High School, the walls are covered with comics, bookshelves are filled with comics, graphic novels, and figurines and toys, and even Smyth’s tie features Spider-Man.

March 2017: Helping Hands Club

At Bethel Springs Elementary School in the Garnet Valley School District, students are learning how to make a difference at a young age. Elementary kids in grades 2-5 take part in service learning projects through the Helping Hands Club.

November 2016: Spanish Immersion Program

Students in the Spanish Immersion Program at Liberty Bell Elementary in Southern Lehigh School District learn the same curriculum as their peers – the content is simply taught in Spanish. In its 26th year, the competitive program is thriving.

September 2016: Unified physical education class

In physical education class at Biglerville High School, students are learning lessons that go far beyond the rules of baseball or the intricacies of basketball skills. They are learning how to adapt, empathize, and interact with each other, no matter their differences.

July 2016: Business incubator project at Big Spring High School

A "Shark Tank"- style class at Big Spring High School matches students with local business mentors who help teach them how to be entrepreneurs.

May 2016: Distance teaching project

Michael Soskil's fourth-grade students at Wallenpaupack South Elementary are video chatting with students in Kenya. They are comparing ways to get the weather forecast. The students in Kenya don't have access to the Internet at home. They can't Google the weather. So they pay attention to the clouds - the color and shape, and the direction of the wind.