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April 2014 WXXI Education e-Newsletters

Download complete April, 2014 e-newsletter at: http://wxxi.org/education/k12/2014aprNEWS.pdf

PBS Kids

PBS Kids Writers Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is
a competition designed to encourage children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by submitting their own original stories.

Learn More: Download Application Forum & Rules
Classroom Contest Resources
Deadline: April 25, 2014

Check out past WXXI winners:

See the PBS National Contest

Homework Hotline

Statewide live homework help show, Homework Hotline hosts a 23rd season helping students with their homework. The shows airs live Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-6pm. on NY PBS stations and on a live stream on the show website.. Students whose families are involved n their homework have are also more invested and engaged with their school success. Use Homework Hotline as a tool to support your families!

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


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

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New Resource Collection: Math is AweSum!
Learn More in the April Education E-Newsletter

WXXI's Education Video Service: Video In Teaching & Learning NY (VITALNY). Free to WXXI educational institutions, teachers, students, & parents. Go to http://wxxi.org/education/ondemand

VITAL NY Powered by PBS LearningMedia™ is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of 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, VITAL NY is free for educators.

Over 30,000+ high-quality, curriculum-based, digital assets – videos, interactives, audios, images, and documents – contributed by over 90 stations, producers, and partners.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema: Great free film screenings, followed by great conversations with community facilitators and discussion panels at The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue Rochester, NY

Save the Dates

  • Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:00pm - The New Black—tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.

Learn more: Community Cinema Events:



American Graduate

WXXI's American Graduate Initiative:

WXXI is dedicated to building awareness of the national and local issues 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 Education E-Newsletter Feature

Host Your Own American Promise Screening or Teacher Professional Development
American Promise

American Promise traces the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend from Brooklyn at a prestigious private school in Manhattan from Kindergarten-High School graduation. Use the film and discussion guide to start discussions about diversity, parent engagement, family support, race and education, school choice, and black male achievement.

  • Host a viewing party--large or small--to watch and discuss American Promise.
  • Host a teachers or faculty event. Watch the film and then use the professional development curricula.
  • Host a black male achievement panel with leaders in your community.
  • Host a PTA, community center, citizen event, after school or education or youth event for citizens and teens that care about making a difference.
  • Host a class event with high school students to discuss these issues. Use issues raised as writing prompts
  • Host a community forum at your public library or other community site to discuss the issues
DVDs & Discussion Guides Available: Learn How to Register Your Free Event

Learn More:
Education E-Newsletter

This program is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


The WXXI American Graduate Community Engagement Project is locally supported in part by:

First Niagara Foundation

VITAL NY Webinar Inspiring Literacy in Middle School

Calling all middle school teachers!

Archive of FREE webinar:
“Read, Watch, Interact – Literacy for Grades 5-8!”

From March 12th at 3:30-4:30pm.

View On-Demand : http://wgbh1.adobeconnect.com/p7fb7jgvaxs/

Description: will showcase Common Core-aligned resources from the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection, along with a variety of themed content collections available on PBS LearningMedia.

Hosted by VITAL NY, NY State Public Broadcasting Stations and PBS LearningMedia.

Inspiring Middle School Literacy is funded by the Walmart Foundation, produced by WGBH and is available here, http://vitalny.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/midlit/.

Learn More in the Education E-Newsletter

Get Your Class "GettyReady"!

Learn the Address
Learn the Address: January-April, 2014

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS have launched a major national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address.

FREE Screening Event: April 14th, 7-9pm at the Little Theatre: See the April E-Newsletter for Details

Classroom Resources for Educators

Learn how to get involved: http://wxxi.org/theaddress

Learn More in the Education E-Newsletter


The Finger Lakes Regional Adult Education Offers Professional Development for Adult Literacy Agencies.

  • New Training Topics Available:
  • TASC Testing Begins: Learn More
  • TASC Readiness Test
  • TASC Brochures Available
  • Register & Learn more at: flraen.org


Learn More in the Education E-newsletter




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