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December, 2016 WXXI Education e-Newsletters

Download complete e-newsletter at: http://wxxi.org/education/k12/2016decNEWS.pdf

PBS Kids

Degrees of Diversity: A WXXI News Reporting Series

Airing Dec. 5-9th
WXXI News takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs in Degrees of Diversity, a weeklong series. More than 80 percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are white, and a WXXI News investigation has found that the disparity is much more severe in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. WXXI News takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs in Degrees of Diversity, a weeklong series airing Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, during Morning Edition (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5, and WEOS-FM 89.5. The series also can be heard online at WXXINews.org, where all the stories will be archived. Episode Details

The series includes a special broadcast of Connections with Evan Dawson LIVE with a studio audience recorded from the Little Theatre at noon-2pm Friday, Dec. 9. Visit wxxi.org/events to learn how you can be part of the audience. This program will also be archived at WXXINews.org

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  • Online Digital Training

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WXXI's Daily Reading & Learning Activity Calendar:

Ideas everyday to promote learning with young children! Great to share with parents! Available in English & Spanish.

Reading Calendar

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Homework HotlineNEW TIME!

Homework Hotline helps students with their homework, Monday-Thursday 4:30pm-5pm statewide on NY PBS stations, during the school year. Students that involve their parents in homework are more invested and engaged with their own school success!

Insider updates at:


Statewide funding is provided by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)


Dial-A-Teacher support provided by Rochester Teacher Association (RTA).

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Splash and Bubbles

Splash & Bubbles: A New Series featuring Marine biology and ocean science through a multiplatform media experience that builds social-emotional skills.
Mark your calendars and get ready to watch brand new series, Splash and Bubbles beginning Weekdays at 10am and 2pm on WXXI-TV and on-demand on the PBSKids.org and PBS Kids Player App (free).

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The WXXI Education Outreach Center Staff

Educational Outreach Center

American Graduate

WXXI's American Graduate Initiative:

WXXI's cradle to career initiative to help our community find solutions to ensure a greater number of graduates in the future. Learn More: http://wxxi.org/grad and in the Read Feature Articles
& Watch On-Demand Programming

The Bad Kids

Coming in January: Screening & Discussion
The Bad Kids by Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre. 

Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give underserved students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids."  The discussion following will be moderated by Sasha-Ann Simons from WXXI News and feature local connections to the film.

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Veterans Connection:

Veterans Connection

Pearl Harbor Tour

    Student Event: Remember Pearl Harbor: How Students Like you Experienced the Day of Infamy Dec. 7th at 10am & 2pm. An Online Virtual Fieldtrip

    Learn How to Register in the Education E-Newsletter

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    Constructing, Creating & Bob the Builder:

    Bob the Builder

    Connect to WXXI Education's newest Pinterest board designed to showcase the fun STEM and maker hands-on activities and online resources for young children inspired by Bob the Builder's can-do attitude and love of problem solving. Connect here

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    The Little

    We need your input!


    The Little Theatre is planning a project to re-design a space in theater #3 to make it more multi-purpose and useful to more members of the community.  This initiative includes a programming component which will identify a plan for new youth-centered monthly programs.  There are two surveys one for students and one for educators. Please take a few minutes to visit the survey site and help us gauge interest and collect information on the type of programming plan that will be most useful/accessible and needed in our community.  Please feel free to share with your colleagues and students.

    Student Survey

    Educator Survey

    On-Demand American Graduate Programs

      Homework Hotline
    • Homework Hotline American Graduate Career Exploration Series:
      Explore a variety of short video segments profiling Career and Technical Education opportunities: Watch On-Demand: http://homeworkhotline.org/careers


    Professional Development for Adult Literacy Agencies

    • New Training Topics Available:
      Register for Training & Learn more at: flraen.org

    • National Skills Coalition Releases Report on Up Skilling the American Workforce


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    Hamilton's America Learning Resources & PBS Fall "That's A Rap!"

    Spark student interest in the arts, history and English language arts with this PBS LearningMedia collection inspired by the PBS doc, “Hamilton’s America”! http://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/hamiltons-america/ Featured resources include video excerpts from the documentary, as well as background on the life and legacy of Hamilton. Don’t forget to upload your 60-second rap video and share it on social media tagged with #FallArtsRap + @PBSTeachers! http://to.pbs.org/fallartsrap