WXXI's Homework Hotline is a Shining Example of What Public Broadcasting Stations are Doing in Education

WXXI, public media for the greater Rochester, NY area, offers Homework Hotline, a live, statewide call-in show, where kids can receive help with their homework right over the air. “Homework Hotline is an outstanding resource, and I encourage parents to tune in with their kids so they can go through this education journey together,” said Jason Muhammad, who uses the program to complement his sixth-grade son Ayinde’s studies at home.

Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, 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.

Homework Hotline is a tremendous service and addresses differentiated instruction for student needs,” writes Martin H. F. Gonser, a teacher at I.S. 230-Queens in Jackson Heights, New York. “It also addresses multiple learning styles, further assisting the entire learning population of the state (beyond the traditional K-12 setting). Additionally, the possibility to reach the diverse population of New York can be realized in this digital age through access using their readily available contemporary tools. I feel pride knowing that this service is available to all students in New York.”

In addition to providing homework help, daily thematic segments on animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State are offered. Homework Hotline has garnered eight New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a Silver Telly, Bronze Telly and an Aurora award. The program is funded by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

To watch video clips and learn more information, visit www.homeworkhotline.org.