WNET Expands Multi-Platform At Home Learning Resources to New York Metro Area with New WLIW21 and WLIW WORLD Broadcast Schedules Beginning Today
Free companion lessons, games, activities and more for K-12 educators and families at wnet.org/education
(NEW YORK – March 30, 2020) Beginning today, WNET expands its K-12 At Home Learning resources for the New York metro area with new programming schedules on its stations WLIW21 and WLIW WORLD to better serve families who are homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic. WLIW21 is pre-empting its regular programming from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for this special community effort. The updated WLIW WORLD schedule details WORLD’s national daily, five-hour At Home Learning block for students in grades 6-12. These daily, free over-the-air broadcasts focus on all major school subjects, drawing from WNET’s vast archive of PBS and locally produced content. Programs offered have accompanying resources for educators and families available on wnet.org/education, including related learning assets from PBS LearningMedia, a free online service of thousands of educational resources.
WLIW21’s new K-12 educational lineup, “WLIW21 At Home Learning,” Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m., features:
- 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m.: children’s programming from PBS KIDS, including Wild Kratts, Molly Of Denali, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Arthur and WNET’s Cyberchase
- 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: math, science and fitness including WCNY’s TV classroom series and PBS KIDS’ SciGirls
- 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: a virtual class field trip featuring WLIW21’s own Treasures of New York series and other public television favorites that visit museums and historical sites
- 12 noon-1 p.m.: Regents Review
- 1-3 p.m.: humanities, social studies, ELA (English Language Arts) and culture from acclaimed PBS series, including Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about genealogy, WNET documentary series American Masters, the award-winning biography series celebrating our arts and culture; Secrets of the Dead, which explores iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events; Shakespeare Uncovered, which reveals the fascinating history behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays; and more
- 3-4 p.m.: news literacy/media studies from WLIW21’s public affairs series Amanpour and Company
WLIW WORLD’s new grades 6-12 educational lineup, “WORLD At Home Learning,” Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m., features the best in public media science, history and English language arts programming. Suited to WORLD’s everyday schedule of news, information and documentary programming, the new broadcast programming is supplemented with additional resources from PBS LearningMedia, which is partnering with the WORLD Channel. The resources in PBS LearningMedia, which were developed based on feedback from educators, are aligned to curriculum standards in every state and contextualized for educational use. These resources include grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and media that illustrate specific topics or themes and support materials across subjects. Links to WLIW21 and WLIW WORLD program schedules and channel lineups are available at wnet.org/watch.
“We continue to assess how to best serve our community during the coronavirus crisis,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET. “It became clear to us that we needed to expand our efforts to serve K-12 students, which is why we’re pre-empting WLIW21’s daytime schedule to provide more educational programming to fill this critical need. This is an evolving effort.”
“With a commitment to educational multimedia, WNET delivers curriculum-based resources that support parents and teachers in achieving children’s learning goals,” said Sandra Sheppard, Director, Kids’ Media and Education, WNET. “We recognize that some families do not have access to the internet or computers at home, so we are leveraging our public media TV broadcast channels to reach teachers, students and caregivers across the state during school closures.”
WNET’s Kids’ Media and Education department has tips on making TV time learning time, broadcast program schedules with links to companion lessons, activities and more for educators and families, including PBS LearningMedia resources, at wnet.org/education.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21, WLIWWorld and WLIWCreate and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.
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