WXXI Virtual Learning Series

WXXI Virtual Learning Series

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 4:00pm - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 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.  

  • FREE professional learning opportunities held VIRTUALLY
  • 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.

Age of Nature Educator Training

  • When: October 21 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Who: Middle and high school educators
  • Register here

Meet the Helpers

  • When: October 28 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Who: early childhood and elementary educators
  • Register here

Talking Race & Racism with Young Children Using PBS KIDS & Sesame Street

  • When: November 4 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Who: early childhood and elementary educators
  • Register here

PBS KIDS Make & Take Activities - Round 1

  • When: November 12 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Who: early childhood and elementary educators
  • 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.
  • PBS LearningMedia 101: 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. 
  • Make it! with PBS KIDS Design Squad: Provided ways to encourage students to tinker, make, and create while at home, out-of-school settings, and formal classroom settings. PBS KIDS Design Squad offers engineering design process guidance, missions and activities that utilize the design process, as well as 6- and 12-week camp guides full of DIY activities and opportunities to connect with other camps around the world. 
  • Meet the Helpers: Explore a new set of public media resources called Meet the Helpers. Derived from the famous Mister Rogers quote, the series 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.


Questions? Contact Cara Rager at CRager@wxxi.org


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