From the President
WXXI's commitment to education doesn't end at its award-winning PBS Kids programs like Sesame Street, Arthur, and Curious George. Our Education & Outreach Department provides training for parents and teachers on effective ways to extend learning using media, books, & hands-on learning at home & school. It also creates and hosts family fun and learning events around the community, coordinates our Community Cinema series -- a free screening talkback program about important issues, and provides families and schools with free VITAL NY video on-demand services for use in instruction through wxxi.org/education.
Clearly, education is at the forefront of our mission, so it's no surprise that WXXI was selected to host a live forum to discuss Common Core Standards on Tuesday, December 3 at our studios. New York Education Commissioner John King, along with Wade S. Norwood and T. Andrew Brown, members of the New York State Board of Regents, answered questions from a studio audience made up of parents, educators, administrators, and community members. WXXI’s forum was the final of four public broadcasting forums hosting the Commissioner and community members across the State, which were designed to address issues raised by the implementation of the Common Core Standards in New York State.
If you didn't have a chance to watch the forum live on December 3rd, you can watch the archive online here.
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As we move into June you may be making plans to take in the sounds of this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. If you do, there's a good chance you will see WXXI's production crew there.
This past Friday marked Jim Lehrer's final turn as a regularly scheduled anchor on PBS after 36 years in the job. Though he has steped down officially, he will still continue to moderate the show's news analysis panel with columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks. But for many it was the trusted presence he brought to the seat of one of the most respected news programs on television.
As many in our community begin attending graduation ceremonies at the Eastman Theatre – or are preparing to attend upcoming Jazz Festival concerts there – I invite you to join us for an encore television production showcasing the recently completed Eastman Theatre and the Wolk Atrium.
You must be aware of the the upcoming 26th Congressional District election. You've probably seen the loud, polarizing political ads from all sides, and heard the candidates shouting at each other across the radio dial. But you haven't seen -- or heard -- that quarreling on WXXI.