Connect: NY | Common Core

New Public Affairs TV series explores critical issues in education with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
The new series will explore statewide issues of critical importance and begins with six, monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” will serve as host on the new show, and will moderate a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016. Watch a Preview

Little 101 | Stars

Sometimes the littlest minds pose the biggest questions—questions with complicated answers that often leave adults scratching their heads. Subscribe to this new digital series to impress your kids, inspire their continued curiosity and get the answers to life’s big questions before your little ones ask.  Check out this episode which explains why stars twinkle!

Has your child stumped you? Share your kids’ big questions by emailing

Teaching the Tough Subjects

How can educators present difficult topics to students that involve human suffering, like bullying and violence? This lesson provides insights and takeaways teachers can use during Bullying Prevention Month. We found this great resource on PBSLearningMedia.  Watch how educators present difficult topics involving human suffering in this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up. Teachers and community groups have created curricula on topics such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and school shootings.

American Graduate Champion | Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin

Family Reading Partnership of Owego-Apalachin is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion. This organization has created a culture of literacy that encourages and supports families as they read and learn together! Learn more from the coalition’s President, Kristin Barton, in this video.

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

American Graduate Champion | Joe Renton

Joe Renton is recognized as a local American Graduate Champion! For nearly twenty years he and wife Barbara have provided informal music lessons to students in upstate New York. Mr. Renton volunteered with local high school bands on a daily basis providing instruction and mentorship to hundreds of students. Additionally, the Rentons sponsored music lessons and trips to the Binghamton Philharmonic for students to help cultivate a culture of music in the community. “Many activities come and go over time, but your knowledge of music is a lifelong gift that will open many doors for you.

American Graduate Day | LIVE

Tune in to PBS on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am-6pm ET for the fourth annual American Graduate Day, broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.  Watch the program live online or on WSKG TV (which will feature local highlights!).
American Graduate Day is a full-day multi-platform event live featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities, to celebrate the exceptional work of the individuals and groups whose ongoing efforts and daily heroics help youth stay on track to earn high school diplomas. @Amerigrad | #AmGrad | @WSKG | #UpstateGrad

Odd Squad: Against the Odds

PBS KIDS turns October into “Odd-tober” with a new one-hour special Odd Squad: Against the Odds Monday, October 5 featuring five all-new, back-to-back stories including “Piratitis” and “Undercover Olive.” These stories repeat on Wednesday the 7th, Friday the 9th, and Sunday the 11th – all odd-numbered dates, we might point out!

American Graduate Champions | Dropout Prevention Educators

Everyday, classroom teachers have the opportunity to support and motive students to do their best and stay in school. Some local teachers are simply stellar at this. We call them caring, consistent adults and they are our local American Graduate Champions!

Who’s the champion in your life? Follow the American Graduate movement!

American Graduate Day | Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, country music legend and founder of Imagination Library, is an American Graduate Champion!  Catch stories of education inspiration this Saturday, October 3rd on WSKG TV during American Graduate Day 2015.  This multi-broadcast event takes place from 11am-6pm.  You can also follow online using hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

American Graduate Week | WORLD Channel

From September 27th to October 2nd, WORLD Channel presents a week of documentaries that focus on the continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators ‘outside’ of the 90%. Anchoring American Graduate on WORLD is an all-new Local, USA (Stories from the Classroom), If You Build It from WORLD’s original docu-series America ReFramed, and additional series Central Standard and Dropping Back In as well as eight other provocative programs.  
Here’s the local lineup which you can watch on WSKG’s World Channel/46.2:
M 9/28 | Local, USA | 6pm and 9pm
M 9/28 | The Graduates/Los Graduados | 7pm and 8pm

T 9/29 | The Graduate/Los Graduados | 2pm and 3pm
T 9/29 | Local, USA | 4pm
T 9/29 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 6:30pm

W 9/30 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 3:30pm
W 9/30 | Central Standard: On Education | 6:00pm and 6:30pm
W 9/30 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 8pm
W 9/30 | Schools That Change Communities | 9pm

Th 10/1 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 2pm and 3pm
Th 10/1 | Schools That Change Communities | 4pm
Th 10/1 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
Th 10/1 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
Th 10/1 | Our Time is Now | 9pm

Fr 10/2 | Local, USA | 11am
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 2pm
F 10/2 | Our Time is Now | 4pm
F 10/2 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
F 10/2 | Dropping Back In: Second Chances | 6:30pm
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
F 10/2 | Facing Forward: A Student’s Story | 9pm

Inspired by the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).