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Thursday, September 15 at 6 a.m. Assignment: The World

(Rochester, NY) – Assignment: The World, produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in conjunction with The Associated Press, returns to the classroom on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Designed for 4th-8th graders, Assignment: The World (ATW) brings the top news stories from around the globe into classrooms each week. ATW host Teej Jenkins guides students through complex issues in a safe environment. ATW airs on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011/cable 11) on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 a.m., beginning September 15th, and on public television stations across the country.

This season continues with interactive components that challenge students to respond to “Clues in the News” and to practice map skills using longitude and latitude coordinates. Students communicate with the producers through weekly emails and responses to the “Question of the Week.” Last year ATW launched “Classroom Viewpoints,” a feature designed to engage students and enable them to express their opinions on global issues and current events through video responses recorded in their schools. The project will continue this season, and applications for teachers and students who would like to be considered for "Classroom Viewpoints" are available at atwonline.org/viewpoints. Videos will be posted on ATW’s web site at APTonline.org, and selected submissions will be used in the national broadcast.

ATW is a 15-minute program, designed to fit into the structure of a classroom period. The series has received numerous awards including a New York State Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence, a Telly, Gold Aurora, and a Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence.

Students and teachers can stay connected with ATW through social media networks, Facebook and Twitter (twitter.com/ATWtweets). To learn more about the series, visit APTonline.org.

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