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WXXI knows that the 2020-2021 school year is very different in many ways. We are here to support families and teachers with free resources, so that every student has access to learning opportunities – wherever they are. Our Learn At Home initiative offers a wide range of resources and supports available to P-12 students, educators, parents and caregivers, including on-air broadcasts, live TV streams and content on-demand each weekday. 

  • For All Students: PBS LearningMedia is available with video collections and clips across all curriculums and grade levels. Searchable and free for all. This is a go-to learning platform for remote learning and in-classroom use by students, teachers and families. 
  • For Younger Students: There are two options: (1) WXXI-TV offers PBS KIDS programming from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. This is also available as a WXXI-TV LIVE Stream (for devices that support web browsers). (2) WXXI Kids 24/7 offers PBS KIDS programming all day, every day. channel and WXXI Kids 24/7 Live Stream. You can also watch at PBSKIDS.org and the PBS KIDS video player app. 
  • For Middle & High School Students: WXXI-WORLD channel provides a special schedule weekdays from 12 to 5 p.m. focused on Science and Social Studies content. 
  • For Educators and Parents: WXXI Education has curated and created resources to support classroom and remote learning: educational videos, activity ideas, lessons, free PBS KIDS apps, and linked resources to use PBS LearningMedia’s free educational service. Find them here and shared on WXXI Kids, WXXI Education, and WXXI Rochester social media channels.  We also have Virtual Learning Series for Educators and Parents. Check out our resources and schedules.

Upcoming Education Programming

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 9:00am
WXXI Education curated a list of resources to help adults (parents, caregivers, educators) discuss emergencies, news headlines and when tragedy strikes. 
Monday, September 7, 2020 - 7:10am
Parents and caregivers can join Bright by Text to get custom age specific texts for  their child (0-8 years old) through WXXI's partnership with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of parents and caregivers. 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 7:10am
WXXI Education e-Newsletter is a monthly update provided by email and online as a PDF. (Best viewed with Acrobat Reader)
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 9:00am
WXXI is excited to bring you a brand new at-home learning series called, Let's Learn.
Monday, January 4, 2021 - 12:00pm
WXXI-WORLD channel will continue broadcasting a “Learn At Home” schedule to support of students in grades 6-12 each weekday from 12 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 (All day)
WXXI Education is recruiting middle and high school educators for a local PBS Media Literacy Academy cohort. 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:00pm
PBS NewsHour highlights the impact of young voters and explores the change they want to see from the new U.S. presidential administration. 
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 4:00pm
Learn more about Elizebeth Friedman from American Experience's The Codebreaker, and her lasting legacy in cryptology and STEM at this virtual event.
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 7:00pm
This weekend's Family Movie Night is an ODD SQUAD MINI-MARATHON!


On-Demand Education Programming

Teaching Women's Suffrage is a PBS LearningMedia collection of video clips, lesson plans, and primary sources details key figures, events, and regional movements of the decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. Students will encounter activists including Sojourner Truth, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Grace Abbott, and examine key regional efforts within the movement. Primary source documents offer evidence for a study of the chronology of campaign for women’s suffrage, from the movement's beginnings through the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Go to the Collection > 
WXXI Kids has created a series of monthly activity calendars full of PBS KIDS hands-on activities to support your child's learning while at home.
StoryCorps Connect is a new platform that enables anyone to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview is preserved at the Library of Congress. When you publish, use WXXI as one of your keywords.
Watch On-Demand: A four-part documentary film series that tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees.
This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. 
Research has shown that introducing children to community helpers in a safe and fun environment can help them react better during times of crisis.
Who are the helpers in your neighborhood? Help your child learn about helpers with these videos, activities, and more!
How prepared are you for an emergency? Help you and your child prepare and learn about emergencies with these videos, activities, and more!
Watch the Sesame Street special The Power of We anywhere, anytime on-demand thanks to the PBS KIDS Video Player.
Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
This space is a hub for WXXI's work, resources, and community experiences around the series Ken Burns presents The Gene: An Intimate History. 
This two-part POV documentary series tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color who are transforming American politics from the ground up. 
A collection of films by and about individuals in the Black community across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media. Watch On-Demand.
Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. WXXI in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Greater Rochester is featuring stories from local members of the community that provide examples of culture, heritage, history and contributions to our region and nation.
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Watch On-Demand & Access the Teacher Guide to the documentary. 
Watch On-Demand: Narrated by Academy-Award nominee Chris Cooper, this film follows three young adults with intellectual disabilities and how they navigate school, college and workforce.
Native America illuminates the splendor of a past whose story has for too long remained untold.
Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be “fixed,” Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them. See the on-demand film and extensive resources for exploring the topic of grief.
Preschoolers and their families from coast-to-coast will take a trip to Animal Town this Labor Day with the premiere of the newest PBS KIDS series, Elinor Wonders Why. The animated show encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions, figure out the answers, and learn about the natural world around
In Roadtrip Nation: Future West, three Arizona-based college students travel around the state to explore the creative and original ways residents are pushing innovation to its limits.
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage and PBS's Asian American series including the full Asian Americans series
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
Watch Part 1 and Part 2 On-Demand: This film, tells the dramatic story of the epic — and surprisingly unfamiliar — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote.
 PBS LearningMedia Collection for PBS Latino-Americans series includes lesson plans for exploring the series, chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years.