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January is Music Month! We invite you to preview portions of the upcoming PBS program SOUND TRACKS: MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS and respond to questions regarding the application of this content in your classroom. This is your opportunity to provide us with input before the educational content is developed! Watch the preview here.

Are you an innovative educator?

PBS announced today a multi-year initiative to recognize innovative preK-12 educators and instructional practices that inspire and engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The effort was acknowledged at an event at the White House today marking the second phase of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign that recognizes excellence in teaching.

With its member stations, PBS is launching the annual PBS Teachers® Innovation Challenge (pbs.org/teachers/innovators/) later this month to honor and celebrate talented teachers, and showcase best practices in support of the growth and advancement of the teaching profession. NSTA is supporting the Challenge by encouraging participation of science teachers at every level of school and will recognize innovative STEM educators among the 50 Challenge winners that will be announced this spring.

Full press release here.

To learn more about the PBS Teachers Innovation Challenge, go to pbs.org/teachers/innovators/. More information will be posted by Jan. 25. Entries will be accepted Jan. 25 to March 12.

Choir special features Austin singers

Program: In Context: Voices of Light
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 11

The encore presentation of In Context: Voices of Light features songs by Austin Chinese Choir, Trio Los Vigilantes and Capital City Men’s Chorus and the choirs from East Austin Baptist, Abiding Love Lutheran Church, The Lakeway Church and Barton Hills Elementary School. The diverse lineup illustrates that regardless of differences, the desire to express the experience of life through music is a common goal.

Here’s a story about KLRU’s arts project on austinonstage.com

This Emotional Life

Program: This Emotional Life
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 4-6

Explore the topic online at pbs.org/thisemotionallife

This 3-part series represents what television does best. It opens a window into real lives, exploring ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Hosted by Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness.

Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.

Episode 1: Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.
The first episode, Family, Friends & Lovers, looks at the importance of relationships and why they are central to our emotional well-being.

Episode 2: Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.
In the second episode, Facing Our Fears, we look at emotions that are commonly regarded as obstacles to happiness — such as anger, fear, anxiety, and despair.

Episode 3: Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m.

The last episode, Rethinking Happiness, explores happiness. It is so critical to our well-being, and, yet, it remains such an elusive goal for many of us.

Highlights 1/3 to 1/9

On Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island, the race is on for species to raise their families in a place where fortunes are always uncertain. Travel there with Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In episode three of Masterpiece Classic Cranford Sunday at 8 p.m., Matty suffers great disappointment and decides to confide in Mary about Mr. Holbrook. Meanwhile, Miss Pole invites the ladies of the town to a secret meeting to discuss Matty’s crisis.

Look at the importance of relationships and why they are central to emotional well-being 8 p.m. Monday on This Emotional Life through the inspiring stories of different peoples’ struggles with family, friend, and lover relationships.

With unprecedented access to the Arizona wreckage, Nova teams up with the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab to dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The second episode of This Emotional Life looks at emotions that are commonly regarded as obstacles to happiness – anger, fear, anxiety and despair. Learn how we are two minds – a rational brain that’s relatively new and an emotional brain that’s older than time Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Witness the spectacular paintings and carvings archeologists once thought to be the first record of Neanderthals in the caves of the Dordogne region of France; then explore the Great Rift Valley in East Africa where archeologists believe the Human Spark first began to glimmer, tens of thousands of years before it burst into flame in Europe Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The last episode of This Emotional Life explores happiness 8 p.m. Wednesday. It is critical to well-being, yet it remains such an elusive goal for many. The film comes full circle to the understanding that the quality of our relationships ultimately defines our happiness.

Gnarls Barkley brings its eccentric hip-hop and R&B sounds to Austin City Limits in support of its latest, The Odd Couple. Thievery Corporation follows with psychedelic worldbeat electronica from its new album, Radio Retaliation 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Pulitzer-winning author Jane Smiley is known for her novels and essays about relationships, animals, politics and modern life is featured on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce… and Rethink. Learn how you can make a big difference by making small changes. Get the lowdown on the best places to park downtown and find out how the City plans to accommodate the growing number of vehicles in the CBD on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Your Life, Your Money presents a broad range of fundamental financial information for young adults: from basic banking to credit debt to the importance of being economically literate and proactive with their personal finances 9 p.m. Thursday.

Legendary New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint hits the Austin City Limits stage with songs from his latest LP, The Bright Mississippi, and classic hits like “Southern Nights” Saturday at 7 p.m.