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February, 2016 WXXI Education e-Newsletters

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

PBS Kids

Cyberchase: Step It Up!

Cyberchase uses kid-friendly themes to bring math to life. In a new project by Cyberchase, Step It Up! offers a collection of episodes, lessons, and hands-on
activities related to math and health.

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Cyberchase Cast

WXXI's Education Video Service: Free to WXXI educational institutions, teachers, students, & parents. Go to http://ny.pbslearningmedia.org

PBS LearningMedia NY is the go-to destination for instant access to 100,000 classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, it is free for educators in New York State because of a partnership between NYS Public Broadcasting Stations & PBS.

Get Bonus Teachers Tools When You Register for a Free PBS LearningMedia New York account

Click the Login button in the upper right to complete the sign-up process. Teacher Tools Available When You Register:

  • Save and share resources
  • Discover local content
  • Access storyboard, quiz maker and lesson building tools
  • Get information on professional development webinars and events
  • Register for webinar events at: http://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/events/

Use ny.pbslearningmedia.org to discover FREE digital lesson plans, videos, and interactives to help engage your students and inspire learning.

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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.

WXXI Reading CalendarConnect at: http://wxxi.org/education/parents.html#ReadingCalendar

Homework Hotline

Statewide live homework help show, Homework Hotline begins a NEW season helping students with their homework. The show airs Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-6pm. LIVE on NY PBS stations. Students that involve their families in their homework have parents that are more invested and engaged with their school success. Use Homework Hotline as a tool to support families!

You know you "LIKE" homework help!

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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Educators: Would your students like to participate in Homework Hotline's book reviews?

WXXI pre-produces them at your school. Selected students review a favorite book in 1-2 minutes for kids across New York State. The best reviews air on the show across New York State and on the Homework Hotline website and video channels.

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Veterans Connection

WXXI's New Veterans Connection Initiative will:

The Classroom Collection explores:

  • New Teaching the Civil War Collection
  • Experiencing War
  • Returning from War
  • Commemorating War and Analyzing War
  • Resources for Families and Teachers

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Children's Educational Program Line-up Ready Jet Go joins the WXXI Kids Program Line-up on Feb. 15th at 7:30am & 4pm
  • WXXI-TV (WXXI 21.1 or TWCable 11/1221 On Week days 6am-6pm
  • WXXI Create KIDS schedule on WXXI 21.3 or TW 1276 7-days a week from 6pm-9pm.
  • On-Demand Streaming Services, or pbskids.org or Free PBS Kids Video App

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American Graduate

WXXI's American Graduate Initiative:

WXXI is dedicated to building awareness of the national and local issues, cradle to career, that have led to an alarming dropout rate and 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 Feature

PBS & WXXI Are Looking for America’s Most Innovative Educators

Digital Innovators 2016

Are you a digital superstar at your school? If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, apply to the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program.

DEADLINE: February 8th!

All qualified applicants will join the prestigious PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program and receive one year of FREE professional development that includes:

Virtual trainings
Access to premium and exclusive resources
A complimentary PBS Teacherline (pbs.org/teacherline) course
Invitations to special events
Membership into a robust professional learning community
Networking and engagement opportunities with peers and thought leaders

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Coming Up on American Graduate

"In Football We Trust"

In Football We Trust

The film intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they'll never stop fighting for a better future. Airs February 15th 10pm-11:30pm. Also On-demand at t: http://wxxi.org/grad

Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation:

The Raising of America

What does it take for our children to thrive? How might the nation better assure the conditions all young children need for a strong start? Airs: Air Dates & Times on WXXI-World beginning Feb 3rd. Learn More:

PBS Kids Writers Contest

WXXI Regional PBS Kids Writers Contest

Does your kids love to write and draw? Then they should enter the WXXI PBS Kids Writers Contest where they get to make author and illustrate their own book. Open to children in grades K-3 that live in the viewing area.

For classrooms: Students can submit individual original book of fiction or non-fiction. This works well for

      • Portfolio projects
      • family interview stories
      • Non-fiction stories
      • Fictional creative writing

Illustrations can be drawn, painted, colored, drawn on the computer as original artwork, or original photos taken by the student. See rules and required registration forms.

The Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the region to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. Eligible children from the WXXI viewing area are encouraged to write and illustrate stories to the local WXXI contest, which will select winners and award prizes.

Stories must be received by April 8, 2016 at 5pm. http://wxxi.org/grad for entry forms and rules.

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Recognize a local American Graduate Champion

American Graduate Champion

Who is your champion for education in our community?
Share how they have made the commitment to help children and youth succeed by recognizing them as an American Graduate Champion. Maybe you are a champion! Tell us about it!

Students can also nominate their champions. See information and graphic organizer to get them started at http://wxxi.org/grad

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 that students are exploring while still in high school and their career and college readiness skills: Watch On-Demand: http://www.homeworkhotline.org/careers

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Support for WXXI's American Graduate Initiative is provided by:

American Graduate

Newmans Own Foundation


Professional Development for Adult Literacy Agencies
  • New Training Topics Available:
    Register for Training & Learn more at: flraen.org
  • Regents Propose Changes to HSE Policies
  • Students Project Tells America's Story


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