WXXI Virtual Learning Series

WXXI Virtual Learning Series

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 4:00pm - Thu, 08/13/2020 - 5:00pm

WXXI Education is hosting a series of virtual learning events for local early childhood and elementary educators. 

WXXI Education is hosting Virtual Learning Sessions! WXXI Education staff will provide overviews of PBS/PBS KIDS resources, ideas for how to integrate into instruction, and suggestions for how to share with students/families.  

  • These FREE professional development sessions are being offered on Thursdays.
  • Each session will be hosted using Zoom; Participants will receive Zoom meeting information once registered for the individual trainings. 
  • These free trainings are open to all educators in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region, served by WXXI. Educators include: classroom educators and support staff, school and public librarians, after-school and out-of-school educators...
  • **Sessions will focus on early childhood and elementary resources unless otherwise noted.**
  • PD Credit: Participants will receive 1 hour of NYS CTLE credit per session, unless otherwise noted. Participant must submit attendance and evaluation through link provided in the training to receive credit.

Resources from Past Trainings


The following sessions are being offered (with more to be added). To register for a training, click on the training and complete the Eventbrite registration form. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom information for the session.

PBS LearningMedia 101

  • Overview: WXXI Education staff will introduce and walk participants through the FREE PBS LearningMedia New York service. PBS LearningMedia is a free educational media and resource hub for PreK-12th grade content (video clips, image galleries, lesson plans, interactives, and more). Content is curated from PBS, PBS KIDS, partner organizations (NASA, National Archives..), and local public media stations. This session will explore the features of PBS LearningMedia, sample resources and collections, as well as showcase how to integrate with Google Classroom. 
  • Focus: PreK-12th Grade
  • Date: June 4, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Register here

Make it! with PBS KIDS Design Squad 

  • Overview: Looking for ways to encourage students to tinker, make, and create while at home? Join WXXI Education staff as we dive into PBS KIDS Design Squad activities, including the brand new Design Squad: Inventing Green tools. 
  • Focus: PreK-12th Grade
  • Date: June 11, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Register here

Inventing Tomorrow Educator Training

  • Overview: Join WXXI Education staff as we explore the inspiring documentary film, Inventing Tomorrow. This session will have some guest presenters as well as WXXI Education staff, as we dive into the film, supportive learning tools, and ways to connect this film and topics to local environmental conservation and problem solving efforts. 
  • Focus: 6-12th Grade
  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Registration coming soon!

Meet The Helpers

  • Overview: Join WXXI Education staff as we explore a new set of public media resources called Meet The Helpers. Derived from the famous Mister Rogers quote, this series of tools highlights and explains who the important helpers in our communities are, provides videos and additional connected resources for educators and families to use with young learners. 
  • Focus: PreK - 3rd Grade
  • Dates: July 16, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Register here

Meet The Helpers (repeat session)

  • Overview: WXXI Education staff as we explore a new set of public media resources called Meet The Helpers. Derived from the famous Mister Rogers quote, this series of tools highlights and explains who the important helpers in our communities are, provides videos and additional connected resources for educators and families to use with young learners. Please note: This is a repeat of the session being offered on July 16th. 
  • Focus: PreK - 3rd Grade
  • Dates: August 13, 2020
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Register here



Resources from Past Sessions:
Feel free to utilize the resource curated by WXXI Education staff from our past virtual learning sessions, including our virtual bulletin boards and slide decks. 

  • Emotionally Healthy Kids: Tools and resources to support families' social and emotional well-being.
  • Sesame Street in Communities: Sesame Street has taken their tools into communities and found even more ways to support early learners and families. Sesame Street in Communities, provides reources on topics that fit into these three categories: Difficult Topics & Tough Talks, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, and ABCs & 123s
  • Integrating Media into Learning: Best practices for utilizing and sharing PBS KIDS media/technology resources, where to find resources, and dig into the idea that we can all be 'media mentors'.
  • PBS KIDS Playful Learning Apps: FREE PBS KIDS learning apps that promote curiosity, play, STEAM, and provide support to caregivers with activity ideas, outdoor missons, and more.
  • Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS: Utilize PBS KIDS series like Nature Cat, Cyberchase, or Wild Kratts to spark outdoor curiosity around citizen science and nature exploration.


Questions? Contact Cara Rager at CRager@wxxi.org


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