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February, 2015 WXXI Education e-Newsletters

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


PBS Digital Innovators

PBS is Looking for 100 of America's Most Innovative Educators

Accepting applications from K-12 educators now through Feb. 11, 2015

Learn More: Education E-Newsletter

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

The Cookie Thief

The Cookie Thief - Artwork is disappearing from the Museum of Modern Cookies and Cookie Monsters the prime suspect. Can Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Chris clear their friend’s name?

Special Event Screening 2/14 11AM at the Little Theatre. The event is free, but you must register by calling 585-258-0200.

Airs 2/16 at 2 p.m. (repeats 2/18 at 1:30 p.m. and 2/20 at 2 p.m.)
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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

American Denial
February 23American Denial—Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

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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

A Path Appears: On WXXI-TV and On-Demand

A Path Appears

Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, a three-part series premieres as a special presentation of Independent Lens.

Broadcast and On-Demand Links

Episode 1: Sex Trafficking in the USA: Introduces survivors of sex trafficking in Nashville, Boston, and Chicago, and illuminates the widespread existence of crimes happening in our own backyards. Watch Episode One on WXXI Video Player until 2/14.

Episode 2: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Travel from West Virginia to Haiti and Colombia for stories of children and women breaking free from a life of poverty and abuse on Watch Episode 2 On-Demand Until 2/17

Episode 3:  Violence and Solutions: Explore the work of organizations combating domestic violence in the U.S., and one providing a Kenyan slum's most at-risk young girls with a path to opportunity on 2/9 at 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Tweet to #APathAppears to be part of the conversation. The on-demand program will be available the day after broadcast.

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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)

FAFSA Fest 2015
Thinking of applying and attending college next fall? 4 FAFSA Fest Events will help high school seniors to file a FAFSA form in the month of February, 2015 to be eligible to receive financial aid for the fall semester. Learn More:

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


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

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 & Learn more at: flraen.org


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