(Rochester, NY) – Homework Hotline, the live call-in show where kids get help with homework problems right on the air, kicks off its new season on Monday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Produced by WXXI and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, the series has helped thousands of children with their studies. Homework Hotline airs Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD throughout the school year.
Designed for children in grades four through 12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed in school, and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television.
Five master teachers host the series. They include: Joe Zuniga, National Board Certified teacher and the Lead Science Teacher for the Rochester City School District who teaches Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science; Ed Hathaway, a certified teacher in math and computer science for more than 35 years; Craig Zaremba, a science and Living Environment teacher at School #17; Laura Drake, a teacher at the World of Inquiry School; Donna Mineo, a math teacher at Charlotte High School; and Stephanie Karns, a math teacher for nine years at East High.
In addition to providing help with students’ studies, Homework Hotline presents daily thematic segments on animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. This year, Homework Hotline will be focusing on the dropout issue in America with its American Graduate series. Also, as this is an election year, the program will take a closer look at how both New York State and national governments work.
Homework Hotline’s companion Web site (www.HomeworkHotline.org) features a video player, where visitors can search segments from the show by subject matter, plus access interactive games, homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and educational and entertaining features. The Web site earned the 2008 Parents’ Choice Award, which honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and Web sites.
Using social media outlets, Homework Hotline has made it easier for students and teachers to find and share videos on math, health, animals, and history through its YouTube channel at youtube.com/HomeworkHotlineTV. Homework Hotline also sends out daily updates on its Facebook page (facebook.com/HomeworkHotlineTV) about what will be on the show that day, plus shares helpful hints to the daily “Teaser” questions featured on the show.
Homework Hotline has received ten New York State Broadcasters Association Awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a 2010 My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Silver Telly, Bronze Telly, and an Aurora Award. Homework Hotline is funded in part by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
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