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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

Friday, April 16, 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. 
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. 
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 5:00pm
These family resources are to support and extend the digital games in the free PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:10am
WXXI Education e-Newsletter is a monthly update provided by email and online as a PDF. (Best viewed with Acrobat Reader)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
Join WXXI Education and our partners for a special virtual Community Summit on Sesame Street in Communities. 


On-Demand Education Programming

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.
Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of “The Joy Luck Club”, Amy Tan in this intimate portrait. Watch On-demand through 5/17/21
Join WXXI Education for a series of 3 trainings connected to Ken Burns' The Gene: An Intimate History.
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!
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.
Watch On-Demand :WXXI Education and The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County for a a chat about the Finding Your Roots Series with a focus on conducting family history by people of color. Learn about local resources and local stories.
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
This space is a hub for WXXI's work, resources, and community experiences around the series Ken Burns presents The Gene: An Intimate History. 
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.
Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) builds on Sesame Street's 50-year commitment to address kids’ developmental, physical, and emotional needs.
In 2019, WXXI Public Broadcasting was selected as one of 10 local PBS stations across the nation to participate in a special Sesame Street in Communities Rural Outreach Initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
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
WXXI is honored to be one of 20 PBS stations across the nation participating in a special Sesame Street in Communities Public Media Champions project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The goal of this project is to continue to support our region's rural families and child care providers. 
Sesame Workshop continues its major commitment to racial justice with new resources and content called "Coming Together" to help families talk to young children about race and identity. 
WXXI Education has pulled together resources from Inventing Tomorrow and supplemental educational tools from PBS LearningMedia that focus on the following topics: environmental activism, environmental engineering, engineering design process, problem solving, citizen science, and more. 
WXXI Education created a list of public media resources that are available in multiple languages.
A playlist of content from PBS Digital Studios and friends that addresses race, civil rights history, and the American justice system.
With attacks on Asian and Asian Americans increasing across the country, the Levine Center to End Hate was proud to partner with Monroe Community College’s Department of Global Education & International Services to present a three-part series exploring the Asian and Asian American communities of Greater Rochester, the history of racism and xenophobia aimed at Asian and Asian Americans in our country, and ways we can work together to support our Asian and Asian American neighbors. 
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
PBS continues to provide programming on-air and on-demand regarding race, racism as resources for everyone to educate themselves and continue the conversation on all the ways that inequality in America shows up in everyday life.
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on public housing and civil rights. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, and provides resources to understand housing policy and racism.  
WXXI Education staff collected resources from PBS LearningMedia to support educators and families while discussing the following topics: race, racism, protesting, civil rights, Black history and historical individuals, bias, past and current events, and more. 
WXXI Education staff collected the following resources to support families and educators of young children as they talk, watch, read, and learn about race and racism.
Watch On-Demand: PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism is a special co-viewing program for families with young children to watch and discuss together. 
Watch the Sesame Street special The Power of We anywhere, anytime on-demand thanks to the PBS KIDS Video Player.
The 70-year fight for suffrage began in Central and Western New York, an epicenter of reform. Women began their battle for the vote  in the mid-1800s. This part of the upstate region was an epicenter of reform, tackling societal issues like abolition, religion, temperance, and women’s rights. Success depended on many women whose stories are often forgotten.  Watch On-Demand & Access Classroom Resources
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.