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March, 2015 WXXI Education e-Newsletters

Download complete e-newsletter at: http://wxxi.org/education/k12/2015marNEWS.pdf

PBS Kids

WXXI’s 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.

PBS Kids Writers Contest

Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2014

Entry Form & Rules

Teacher Resources for the Writers' Contest

PBS Kids Writers Guide: Getting Students Started Writing & Illustrating

See Winning Entries from Past Years


March is Women’s History Month:

PBSLearningMediaNY Womens Movement Collection

The PBS LearningMedia Collection:http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-womens-movement/

The Women's Movement was a diverse social moment in U.S. history. It sought equal opportunities for women in all aspects of their lives (personal, political, economic, etc.)

The first wave of the women's feminist movement started in the 19th and early 20th century with leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for legal rights for women such as the ability to vote and own property.

The second wave of the women's movement, led by women such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, occurred in the 1960s and 70s and attempted to combat further social and political inequalities. This collection includes resources to support teaching both waves of the women's movement.

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Homework Hotline

Statewide live homework help show, Homework Hotline is here to help New York State students with their homework. The 24th season 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! Teachers from Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework.

  • LIVE STREAM of the show at http://homeworkhotline.org
  • Student Segment Hosts
  • School Sign-up to have WXXI tape Student Book Reviews for the Show!
  • New video clips on topics across the curriculum on the Homework Hotline YouTube Channel.
  • For Homework Help Call:
    Dial-A-Teacher: Mon.-Thurs. 4-7pm
    (585) 262-5000 (in the Rochester, NY area)
    1-888-986-2345 (toll free everywhere else)

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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New Children's Educational Program Line-up on WXXI-TV Week days 6am-6pm & WXXI-Create 7 days a week 6pm-9pm and at the WXXI Kids Video Player on wxxi.org/kids

Curious George Swings Into Spring

Curious George Swings into Spring (airs March 30 and April 3 at 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.) Spring has sprung and the world’s favorite monkey returns — as curious as ever — in this high-flying, full-length feature. George and his best friend, Hundley, explore all the wonders of the season together — including blooming flowers, baby animals and canoe rides. But when Hundley loses his way, George takes to the skies to find his pal, in a wild adventure that ends with a very fun surprise!

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

WXXI is hosting a special screening of excerpts from the 6-hour docu-series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue Rochester, NY ) on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

About: The series, presented by Ken Burns and produced by Barak Goodman, tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

Learn more about related programming how to explore and share stories of cancer in the: Education E-Newsletter



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

The Homestretch Screening

The Homestretch

The Homestretch:

Free Screening/Talkback Event: 3/30 7 PM at The Little Theatre (240 East Ave. Rochester)

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home. Airs on WXXI-TV. Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Video Preview: http://wxxi.org/grad

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Thinking Money

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best & Worst Financial Decisions:

Free Screening/Discussion:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue.
Screening event with audience discussion and Financial Fair—providing the opportunity for attendees to connect with local financial resources. Thinking Money will air on WXXI-TV, March 22, 2015 at 3-4 p.m. (School year re-record rights)

Thinking Money will air on WXXI-TV, March 22, 2015 at 3-4 p.m. (School year re-record rights)

Learn More: http://interactive.wxxi.org/thinkingmoney

Dropping Back In

Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce some of America's dropouts, the issues they face and the people and programs helping them drop back in and get on with their educations and lives. While they face similar struggles, each person's story is unique, complicated, messy, revealing, and compelling. The result is a series of documentaries that are both enlightening and inspiring and include a diverse mix of people, programs, experts, and explanations. Airs Fridays 5am-6am beginning 1/16/15. See Education Newsletter for Details:

Episode 101 Second Chances - High school dropouts, educators, and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough, and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances.

Episode 102 More Than A Statistic - The longer someone is out of school the less likely they are to go back. This program looks at programs designed to get young dropouts back on course.

Episode 103 Complicated Lives - Why does it take many dropouts years to attain a high school equivalency? Why do so many former dropouts struggle in college? The challenges faced by many go far beyond academics.

Episode 104 Working for the Future - In order for America's dropouts to attain college and career readiness, institutions must change. This program looks at innovative programs that are achieving success through working closely with employers to make sure students gain marketable skills; assisting underprepared college students and achieving retention and completion rates far beyond traditional community colleges; and a coalition of manufacturers and community colleges working to train much-needed workers that can help keep high-skills manufacturing in America. Unlimited re-record rights for 10 years.

On Demand at: http://interactive.wxxi.org/grad/ondemand?page=2

WXXI's American Graduate Initiative is made possible in part with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


PBS LearningMedia New York

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

PBS LearningMedia NY is the go-to destination for instant access to 87,000 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.


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 for Training & Learn more at: flraen.org


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