Free Professional Learning Series Focuses on Youth Mental Health

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness premiered on PBS in June 2022. It features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 27, who live with mental health conditions, as well as parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers in their lives, and independent mental health experts. The film presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, helps advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today. This FREE, self-paced professional learning series uses clips from Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness and guiding questions to help participants think critically about SEL/mental health correlations, consider first hand accounts from the youth featured in the film, and develop actionable ideas to use in their own learning environment/practice.

Rod Serling Film Festival

2022 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners Announced

Watch the winning entries for the 2022 Rod Serling Film Festival. Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2022. Learn more about the 2023 contest here. BEST ANIMATION‘Old World’ by Andrei CampbellGreater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood Education Center | Hornell, NY
BEST COMEDY‘CHILLIN’’ by Tyler DixonGreater Southern Tier BOCES | Elmira, NYBEST SCI FI/| FANTASY‘Reisender’ by Atticus WagenerGreater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood Education Center | Hornell, NY
HONORABLE MENTION‘The Forgotten Droid’ by Alan MinderGreater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood Education Center | Hornell, NY
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD‘Framed’ by John Shea, Duke McCauley, Liam SallsSaratoga Springs High School | Saratoga Springs, NY
BEST IN SHOW‘He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not’ by Amanda KatzHowell High School | Farmingdale, NJ

Thank you to Chrissy Guest, Judi Hess, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Andrew Polak, Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, and the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation. This Festival is part of WSKG’s Youth Voices initiative and is supported in part by Darryl Wood and Toby Wollin and the Bert Santora Charitable Trust. 

Announcing the ’22 Student Writing Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Student Writing Challenge! Thank you to all of the young writers from across the region who shared their work with us. Check out the 2022 Student Writing Challenge Celebration here:

Information on the 2023 Student Writing Challenge is available below. Click on the images for the downloadable poster and entry form:


Honorable Mention, Grades K-1
‘The Magic Banana’ by Chloe S., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘Angry Black Bears Are Not Pleasant’ by Elijah S., Corning, NY

2nd Place, Grades 4-5
‘A Rabbit’s Life’ by Vera D., Corning, NY

3rd Place, Grades 4-5
‘William’s Freedom’ by Juliana  H., Apalachin, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 6-8
‘The Dagger’ by Mackenzie L., Elmira, NY

2nd Place, Grades 6-8
‘Lucky Skittles’ by Sophia R., Binghamton, NY 

3rd Place, Grades 6-8
‘Drawing Change’ by Nadia PF., Ithaca, NY 

Best Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘Unwritten’ by Marina Z., Vestal, NY


Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘Giant Tube Worms’ by Louis N., Brooktondale, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘Read the Label’ by Owen D., Corning, NY 

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 6-8
‘Kindness is Actually Huge’ by Thea Y., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘The Sick Cup’ by Mia J., Owego, NY


Best Poetry, Grades K-1
‘Bird’ by Simon E., Vestal, NY

2nd Place, Grades K-1
‘Flowers’ by Remi P., Vestal, NY

3rd Place, Grades K-1
‘Watermelon’ by Antonina L., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 2-3
‘Moon Dogs’ by Magnolia R., Ithaca, NY

2nd Place, Grades 2-3
‘I’m From’ by James W., Ithaca, NY

3rd Place, Grades 2-3
‘Howls in the Night’ by Emeline H., Ithaca, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘The Race Begins’ by Naomi K., Ithaca, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 4-5
‘Arctic Fox’ by Ammarah K., Vestal, NY

2nd Place, Grades 4-5
‘Nature is So Pretty’ by Shterna C., Vestal, NY

3rd Place, Grades 4-5
‘Summer’ by Moussia S., Vestal, NY 

Best Poetry, Grades 9-12
‘If I Were a Kite’ by Megan S., Endicott, NY

2nd Place, Grades 9-12
‘Shoulder’ by Kathryn W., Binghamton, NY

3rd Place, Grades 9-12
‘Last in Line’ by Nicole L., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘The Vast Unseen’ by Luke A., Endicott, NY 


Best Text with Visuals, Grades 2-3
‘The Cookie Book’ by Jackson P., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Moose and Bob!’ by Kyle A., Mansfield, PA

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 4-5
‘Word’ written by Micah Y. and illustrated by Thea Y., Vestal, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 6-8
‘The Eggs’ by Nadia H., Ithaca, NY

Thank you to Mary Ann Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Alicia Sherman, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, the School Librarians of the Southern Tier EAST, and the WSKG Education Advisory Committee. This project is part of WSKG’s Youth Voices initiative and is supported in part by Darryl Wood & Toby Wollin and the Bert Santora Charitable Trust. 


New Visions students share ‘Coming to America’ video project

Throughout the spring 2022 semester, WSKG Education partnered with students in Broome-Tioga BOCES New Visions Law & Government Academy as they embarked on a video project focused on immigration. Students developed guiding questions and identified local community members to interview. Through storyboarding, scripting, filming, and editing they crafted a compilation video that weaves together multiple immigration stories and perspectives as well as shorter form videos focused on individuals. Ani Loew, BT-BOCES New Visions Law & Government Academy Instructor/Placement Coordinator explained the class structure and inspiration behind this project:
“Broome-Tioga BOCES New Visions is a career exploration program for high-achieving high school seniors who want to earn college credit while investigating professional career pathways. We focus on project-based learning, so it seemed natural to incorporate PBS Student Reporting Labs into our curriculum.

Juneteenth Resources for the Classroom

Each June the official end of slavery in the United States (1865) is commemorated and in 2021 Juneteenth became a federal holiday. Across the country, family and friends gather to celebrate and learn more about the history and experience of African Americans before and after slavery. Here are classroom resources to support a better understanding of Juneteenth. Article | ‘How Juneteenth (and Other Celebrations) Can Be Meaningful for Your Family’ by Lindsey Pruett-Hornbaker as featured on PBS Parents

Article | ‘Teaching Juneteenth’ by Coshandra Dillard for Learning for Justice

Lesson Plan & Videos | ‘Juneteenth’ from PBS Newshour Classroom

Reading List | ‘Kids’ Books to Celebrate Juneteenth’ by Gwen Glazer, NY Public Library

Resource Compilation | ‘Teach Students About Juneteenth’ by Jennifer Snelling for ISTE

Resource Compilation | ‘Celebrate Juneteenth 2020’ from Teach for America

Video | ‘All About the Holidays: Juneteenth’ from PBS LearningMedia

Share your thoughts about Juneteenth or encourage your students to do so through this Jamboard!

Media literacy survey for parents and caregivers

WSKG and PBS KIDS is your source for safe, educational, and trusted media. We also believe in a balanced and responsible approach to consuming media and that being media literate* is an important skill. Please share your feedback and ideas with WSKG through this brief survey. Your input is very important to us and will help inform the efforts of our Education Department and local content! Participants have the option to be entered into a drawing ~ two randomly selected winners will each receive a $50 gift card (Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Target).

Local educators assist PBS KIDS with new early learning programming

Building on its deep commitment to education and, in response to feedback from teachers across the country, PBS KIDS has developed a new digital space specifically designed for early childhood educators and their professional learning needs. WSKG’s Education Director, Jackie Stapleton, was invited to serve on the advisory committee for this national project. Throughout 2020, Stapleton met monthly with PBS Education staff to think through digital engagement strategies that would be most beneficial to the early childhood community. 

Fast forward to fall 2021 when PBS invited WSKG to continue participating in the next phase of this project: beta-testing the newly designed ‘PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning’ platform. WSKG was one of three stations selected for this work which ran from October through December. Ms. Stapleton assembled a small group of local classroom educators who work with PreKindergarten through Grade 2 students.

2021 Serling Film Fest Goes Virtual to Celebrate Students

RSVP now for the 2021 Rod Serling Film Festival! This free event will be held virtually on Thursday, October 14th at 7pm ET. Registration is required. 
Thank you to every student who entered work into the Rod Serling Film Festival and congratulations to the following student filmmakers who are being honored in 2021. Learn more about the 2022 contest here. Categorical Honors

Best Abstract/Experimental
‘When Rain Falls’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School

Best Cinematography
‘Be Aware’ by Myanoe Aung
Albany High School

Best Computer Animation
‘A Vivid Dream’ by Jackson Ames
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center 

Best K-5
‘Cargo of Doom’ by Charlie Spielberg
PS 38 The Pacific School

Best Stop Motion Animation
‘Tidal Wave’ by Shelby Thompson
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center

Best Fiction/Story
‘Call Me at 8’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School

Best Social Commentary
‘Everything is Normal’ by Julia Guest
Cortland Junior/Senior High School

Special Honors
Honorable Mention
‘Anomalies’ by Genevieve Brown
Richard T. Stank Middle School

Spirit of Serling Award
‘Death’s Gambit’ by Jett Casterline
Greater Southern Tier BOCES/Wildwood Education Center

Best in Show
‘The Chef’ by Jackson McCauley
Maine-Endwell High School

Thank you to Christina Kunzman, Mallory Little, Andrew Polak, Anne Serling & Doug Sutton, and the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation.

‘Plastic Film Recycling: How and Why?’

Congratulations to Oneonta, NY area students Sasha Dudek, Julia Rissberger, Anya Snyder, and Jayden Snyder for sharing their podcast ‘Plastic Film Recycling: How and Why?’ with us. They provided this short description of their podcast: “We discuss both the effects on the environment and how it is recycled. We also discuss this further with the program director of our local conservation organization.” WSKG’s Student Podcast Challenge is open to local 6-12 students.

Local Young Writers Honored

Thank you to all of the young writers who shared work with us during the 2021 Student Writing Challenge. Congratulations to the following students who are receiving honors. You can watch our awards ceremony here. Materials for the 2022 contest are available here! FICTION

Best Fiction, Grades K-1
‘Look Where Your Keys Go’ by Audriann G., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘My Fractured Fairy Tale’ by Cameron W., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘Haunted Manor’ by Grayden E., Conklin, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 6-8
‘The Discontented Man’ by Heyan C., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘The Siege of the Sea’ by Daisy D., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Heaven or Hell, that is the Question’ by Emma P., Owego, NY 


Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades K-1
‘About Children’ by Zelda S., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘Wolf Connection’ by Amina S., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Personal Narrative’ by Zoey R., Lodi, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘The Cat and the Coconut’ by Maya S., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘Screaming for Those that Can’t’ by Erin R., Binghamton, NY


Best Poetry, Grades 2-3
‘Art’ by Moussia S., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Ducks’ by Shterny C., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 4-5
‘Freedom’ by Mushky C., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 4-5
‘Death Poem’ by Aviva K., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 6-8
‘The Wall’ by Faris S., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 9-12
‘Real-ationship’ by Lily B., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Women’ by Lydia C., Apalachin, NY


Best Text with Visuals, Grades K-1
‘How to Brush Your Teeth’ by Anastasia G., Binghamton, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 4-5
‘The Lone Hero’ by Bilal K., Vestal, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 6-8
‘The Queen Called Evil’ by Imogen K. and Hannah J., Binghamton, NY

Thank you to Mary Ann Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Jenny Gordon, Rachel Rissberger, Nikki Waskie-Laura, the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier EAST, and the WSKG Education Advisory Committee.

Educator Spotlight: Dodie Ainslie

NAME: Dodie Ainslie


TITLE: Technology Integration Specialist

DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE: I support teachers in two districts, Union-Endicott and Binghamton, on integrating technology to enhance student learning. Currently, I’m focusing mostly on grades 6-12. HOW DO YOU DEFINE DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP INCLUDING MEDIA LITERACY?: I feel we need to start talking about citizenship, it isn’t just about digital citizenship, but being a good citizen throughout all your environments and communities. What we do to be productive and responsible citizens we should do in our physical and virtual communities. It’s when we put them in different boxes that we get in trouble because our students then see them as different and therefore can rationalize different behaviors.

Educator Spotlight: Marissa McNamara

NAME: Marissa McNamara

Twitter: @MarissaMcNamara

SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Professional Learning & Innovation Center- a division of Broome-Tioga BOCES 

TITLE: Instructional Technology Specialist

DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE: I work directly with teachers and administrators providing professional learning and coaching around effective practices for leveraging instructional technology within the classroom. 

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MEDIA LITERACY?: Media literacy is the ability to identify and understand various types of media.  To be media literate is to have the ability to critically analyze the media that one consumes, allowing you to discern the message they are sending. 

WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY AROUND THIS AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU?: Media literacy is vital for our globally connected world. Students are exposed to so much media, knowing how to critically analyze and use media thoughtfully will help our students to discern what is credible and accurate in a digital world. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO RESOURCES TO RECOMMEND IF PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA LITERACY? Here is a nice compilation of resources put together by ISTE 10 Resources to Boost Student Media Literacy. If you’d like some examples and lesson ideas, check out It’s free for educators to create an account!  

Here are a few accounts to follow on Twitter: @DigCitDoctors @digcitPLN 


"As I knew him, My Dad, Rod Serling" By Anne Serling

2022 Rod Serling Film Festival Accepting Entries

The 2022 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 27, 2022. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

WSKG Student Writing Challenge

Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our Student Writing Challenge! 
Complete the 2022 entry form and submit work in one of the following categories:

Personal Essay/Non-Fiction

Download to help promote this challenge! Text with Visuals

Graphic Novel
Illustrated Work
Picture Book

Download this classroom/library poster and share this opportunity! The maximum word count for all submissions is 650 words. Students enter at grade levels K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Submissions can be submitted electronically or by mail.

‘Portraits and Dreams’ Photography Challenge

Building on themes from the POV documentary Portraits and Dreams, community members told their story – or that of our region ~ through photography. Original photography was submitted to WSKG in the following themed categories of ‘Portraits’, ‘Dreams’, or ‘Community’. Here’s a look at submissions depicting life in rural/suburban New York and Pennsylvania. Thank you to all participants. Community Member Photography
Home 1 | Genevieve Pedulla

Top Honor | Jonathan’s Tricks | Darlene Gold
Honorable Mention | Millie 4CLS | Jaclyn Praskavich 

Top Honor | Working Toward the Dream | C. Bangel
Honorable Mention | March Sadness | C. Bangel

Top Honor | Snow Portrait | Gregory Milunich
Honorable Mention | Hercules | Jane Walker 

Student Photography






Gabrielle Backman, Chenango Forks High School

“I chose this image because just the overall aura drew me to it.

Announcing WSKG’s Student Writing Challenge!







Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our Student Writing Challenge! 
Complete the 2021 Entry Form and submit work in one of the following categories:

Personal Essay/Non-Fiction

Text with Visuals

Graphic Novel
Illustrated Work
Picture Book

Download this classroom/library poster and share this opportunity! The maximum word count for all submissions is 650 words. Students enter at grade levels K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Submissions can be submitted electronically or by mail. If mailing, entries must be postmarked by June 18, 2021, and sent to:

WSKG Student Writing Challenge
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

***This is open to students who reside in the region that WSKG serves.***

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Windsor Students Participate in Youth Media Challenge

Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Scott Symons’ Social Studies class at Windsor High School participated in ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020’, a national youth media challenge. This challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. WSKG Education connected with Mr. Symons during the summer and supported him to integrate the project within the class. Mr. Symons shared:
“The kids really enjoyed this assignment because they got to pick something that they were passionate about (student choice)! Through their research, they got to become experts on their subject and share their views/research with the world.

Prepping for a Very Different School Year: Strategies for Parents

Parents and caregivers are wrestling with tough questions about the 2020-2021 school year: What will it look like if/when children are physically in school? And what will it mean for family life if/when children are at home for hybrid or remote learning? In the face of these challenges, there’s a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Join PBS KIDS, top child development and education experts, and other parents and caregivers of children 2 to 8 for a virtual conversation! With the help of Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS friends, we will answer questions and talk about the “little things” that will make a big difference whatever school looks like for your family — from routines that support social and emotional growth and academic learning to mindfulness habits for the whole family.

Winners Announced in the 2020 Rod Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Rod Serling Film Festival! Interested in participating in the 2021 contest? Learn more here.  


BEST ANIMATION | Sleeping Beauty | Emma Beslija, Elias Boarman, Evan Curry, Carmella Egitto, Ivie Enobakhare, Efrain Fuentes, Andrew Jorgensen, Sara Mcmicken, Livio Romano, Ava Simmons

BEST COMEDY | Dog Comedian | Megan Jablonowski

BEST DOCUMENTARY | For the Ones with No Name | Allison Rae

BEST FICTION/STORY | The Party | Will Bowen

BEST PSA | Disease PSA | Jason Cadwell

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Know My Name | Mason Bruce


SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Knickknack | Sebastian Stone

BEST IN SHOW | Knickknack | Sebastian Stone

Thank you to our 2020 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Judi Hess, Chris Kocher, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff Alyssa Micha, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch.

Distance Learning Strategies for K-2 Teachers

Registration Open: A Week of Virtual PD for K-2 Teachers


You’re invited to a week of free, virtual learning with PBS KIDS. Hear from teachers across the country as they share successes and lessons learned in the transition to distance learning this past spring. Their stories of how they connected with families, used media and tech to encourage creation, and tackled distance learning in the absence of tech will provide inspiration and foundational tips you can use to prepare for an uncertain year – where some kind of distance learning is likely to be a reality. Join us from August 3 – 6 for four days of online learning and fun with a community of teachers like you! Register Now

Your Week at a Glance

Your week of virtual learning will start and end with LIVE, online learning events with other K-2 teachers. The middle of the week will feature daily, asynchronous challenges emailed each morning that you can do on your own time, to continue your learning and build upon distance learning themes and strategies.

Local ‘The Vote’ Presentation and Conversation

WSKG and Roberson Museum and Science Center partnered to offer a free, online preview screening of THE VOTE. This online event took place Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. After the screening, Natalie Shoemaker presented a live look at Roberson’s ‘An Era of Change’ exhibit, and a panel discussion from local community leaders and experts was held. View the previously recorded Presentation & Conversation here: 

THE VOTE airs Monday, July 6 at 9:00 PM on WSKG-TV. Our panelists for this evening included

Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Roberson Museum and Science Center.

Camp at Home!

Who says you can’t create a fun camp-like atmosphere in your home? PBS KIDS has great examples of camp-models that have a TON of activities that will last you at least a week! From reading to math to science to engineering, these camps will be a great addition to your at-home-learning model. (P.S. You don’t have to use them as a full schedule, you CAN pick and choose activities that work for you and your family!)

1. Super WHY! Reading Camp

Each day at Reading Camp, children transform into one of the SUPER WHY characters and take part in reading-based, branded SUPER WHY crafts, games, and songs that practice the targeted early literacy skill of the day: Monday = letter identification, Tuesday = rhyming with word families, Wednesday = letter sounds and spelling, and Thursday = vocabulary and comprehension, Friday = celebrating the accomplishments of the week.

Winners Announced in the 2020 WSKG Writers Contests

Thank you to the many students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our Judging Committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Thalia Brennan | You Can’t Do That Snake! 2nd Place | Grace Donahue | How to Love Someone
3rd Place | Lucy Ketchum | The Fairies and the Humans
Honorable Mention | Uri Einav | Our New Family Member

First Grade
1st Place | Ella Gasior | Skateboard Piggy and the Dinosaur
2nd Place | Clare Vogel-Weil | The Appearance
3rd Place | Israel Brown | The Boogajin
Honorable Mention | Philip Foster | Indian Lake

Second Grade
1st Place | Coraline Ashton | My Brother Sam
2nd Place | Micah Yarkoni | Futbol Fever
3rd Place | Tyler Crisell | Spy Kid and Captain Canine

Third Grade
1st Place | Amelia Parks | Be Quest
2nd Place | Sloane Weinstein | Harriet Tubman’s Journey to Freedom
3rd Place | Samuel Kappauf | 20 Dangerous Doors

WSKG Learn at Home

WSKG Learn at Home TV

Our daytime programming schedule has been curated with PK-12 learners in mind! WSKG’s main channel airs programming M-F between 6 am-3 pm for learners in grades PK-2. The hours of 3pm-5pm are for learners in grades 3-5. WSKG KIDS 24/7 channel offers round-the-clock programming for PK-2 learners. WSKG WORLD is airing series geared toward students in grades 6-12 Monday through Friday between 12pm-5pm.

Maine-Endwell Teacher Honored by PBS

Join us in offering a big congrats to Rachel Murat of Maine-Endwell Central School District in Endwell, NY, who’s been selected to take part in the 2020 PBS Digital Innovator Program! We’re excited to follow along with Rachel and this group of classroom changemakers as they participate in professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers, and inspire students through innovative use of technology and media. CITY | Endwell, NY

SCHOOL | Maine-Endwell High School

ROLE | High School Teacher, 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year


TWITTER | @MrsMurat

PBS Digital Innovators are leaders in their schools and their communities, and help improve student learning through their thoughtful use of technology and digital media. The PBS Digital Innovator program helps these educators connect with others who are in the same space by providing tools to guide their leadership and growth, and opportunities to share their ideas in meaningful and transformative ways.  


Women’s Movement: Classroom Materials

Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women’s suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, geographical and class backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender expression, who broke barriers in then-male-dominated fields such as science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts. Touching on topics such as the labor movement, immigration, politics, civil rights, and women’s suffrage, these resources develop students’ historical thinking skills and help them make connections between past and present. Unstoppable: The Road to Women’s Rights brings the history of the women’s suffrage movement and its impact on resulting legislation to the classroom. This live interactive program is intended for students in grades 5 – 8. Upstate, Downstate: The Women’s Movement is part of an original web series that teaches students about the history, geography and government of New York State.

East Lake Meadows: Classroom Materials

In 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community called East Lake Meadows. Before Atlanta bulldozed the housing project in the mid-1990s to make way for new mixed-income housing, many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African-American, called it home. Through the stories of former residents, this feature-length film raises critical questions about how we, as a nation, have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. Videos(2) for Grades 9-13+ are available on PBS LearningMedia.

A More or Less Perfect Union: Classroom Materials

A More or Less Perfect Union: A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg
Explore the document that governs those who govern us, delving into past, present and future struggles for liberty through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. Hosted by Douglas H. Ginsburg, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Classroom-friendly short videos from this series are available on PBS LearningMedia.

Broome County: Join the WSKG Artists’ Neighborhood

**The deadline for this project has passed. Thank you to everyone that participated!**

During this time of self-isolation, Broome County residents are invited to participate in ‘Artists’ Neighborhood’, an uplifting celebration of hope and community through the arts! 

We’re looking for musicians (vocalists, instrumentalists, music groups, etc.) to share their best rendition of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’. Make a video of yourself and share with WSKG. Please use this video for inspiration (and for tempo/key). We should not be able to see or hear the “inspiration” video in your submission, nor any other copyrighted work.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to education-ready, digital resources. PBS LearningMedia has hundreds of thousands of resources to support PreK-12th grade classrooms and students. Resources include videos, audio, photos, images, lesson plans, handouts, primary & secondary documents, self-paced lesson modules, and more. PreK-12th grade focus
Search and filter by: grade level, content type, topic… Save and share with ease.


10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

10 Things to do with Your Kids at Home

Since schools have closed in our area due to the coronavirus, here are some things you can do with your kids while they are learning at home:

1. Download a new PBS KIDS app! Did you know that there are bunches of learning apps for young kids available from PBS KIDS? Find the whole list here: No need to download them ALL, choose one or two and save the rest for when you need some new ones.

Talking with Kids About Healthy Habits & Illness

Resources for Parents & Caregivers 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Daniel Tiger for Parents App

Resources for Kids


Doctor Daniel Game
In My Bathroom Game
Play at Home with Daniel Tiger App
“Rest is Best” Strategy Song (video)
Germs Germs Go Away (video)


Abby and Elmo’s Potty Plan! Game
Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo
Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (video)


George the Germophobe (video)


ABC Scrub With Me! Resources for Educators 

KET’s Healthy Habits | Everyday Learning
Iowa PBS’ The Federal Bureau of Ick
South Florida PBS’ KidVision: How to Make Soap

Local Teacher Shares ‘Journey Home’ Game

As part of a Spring 2018 Binghamton University Elementary Education Curriculum Development course, Dr. Jenny Gordon assigned graduate students to craft a board game for use in a classroom. Then-student Alisha Jermayne Merrill created ‘Journey Home’, an immersive Social Studies game for grades 3-5 that focuses on Native American cultures. Ms. Merrill drew from her own experiences and culture to develop this game. She is now teaching with the Johnson City School District in Johnson City, NY. Check out our interview with Ms. Merrill here.

Register for Free PBS Media Literacy Live Learning Series

Join us on a media literacy journey! Register for FREE and explore key topics like: what it takes to be a good media mentor; how to responsibly integrate media in your classroom; and how to help children create original content. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event. Part 1 | Media Mentorship in Your Classroom
November 19 @ 7:00 PM ET

It’s the classic debate: is there a place for media in any learning environment? If so, what is our role in helping children–even the littlest learners–understand and use it?

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!


NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us. This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade.

Connect NY: Trauma Informed Education

According to state education officials, the number of students facing mental health challenges is dramatically increasing.  To adapt, schools are incorporating Trauma Informed Practices into the classroom. We will discuss why trauma is affecting more children, and look at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Panelists

Dr. John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP, School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District; President, New York Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Prevention Center

Melissa S. Evans, Director of Student Support Services, Syracuse City School District; Co-chair, Trauma and Resilience Advocacy Committee
Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Falk College, Syracuse University

Watch this episode on WSKG TV October 19th, 2019 at 5:00a.m.

Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Molly of Denali

‘Molly of Denali’ Event in Corning, NY

School’s Out, Art’s In! Indigenous People’s Day with WSKG & Molly of Denali at The Rockwell Museum

Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Activities included with regular museum admission
No registration required for this drop-in experience
Kids & Teens (17 & under): Free
Local Resident Adults: $5.50

Celebrate Indigenous People’s day and connect with music, art and history! Explore and learn about Native American cultures across the United States. AT THE ART LAB (36 E. Market Street Corning, NY)

See episodes of the new hit PBS KIDS series, Molly of Denali, featuring an Alaska Native girl
Play instruments and touch animal hides with Seven Generations of Stewards
Make-and-take a mythical being collage inspired by the Birds, Animals and Spirits sculpture by artist Abraham Anghik Ruben

AT THE ROCKWELL (111 Cedar Street Corning, NY)

Design and create your own drum in the Education Center
Explore the galleries and complete an Art Hunt
Find Mt. Denali in one of the paintings on view

Rod Serling Film Festival

Free Screening of Winning Student Films

Join WSKG as the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation presents Serling Fest 2019: a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone! Winning student films from the annual Rod Serling Film Festival will screen at 10am on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. More details about the full weekend event available at 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Honorees

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Disdain | Spencer Strickland
BEST ANIMATION | A Bland Day Out | Adrian Finney
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees | Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil
BEST FICTION/STORY | Paper Brains | Sophia Doehla
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | The Code | Rainer Gardner-Olesen
BEST COMEDY | A Day with Officer Shawnie | Aidan Stevens
HONORABLE MENTION| I’m New Here | Robert Fischer
HONORABLE MENTION| Love Through the Seasons: A Bird’s Love Story| Ehblu Say, Chit Su Moe
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Passenger | Avery Danielsen
BEST IN SHOW | Pesky Landline | Amelia Ponirakis

Thank you to our 2019 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Kate Murray, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff John Bell, Nancy Coddington, Chris DiRienzo, Jenny James, Nicole Kradjian, Alyssa Micha, Stacey Mosteller, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch. 

Catch a Sneak Peek of New PBS KIDS Series ‘Molly of Denali’

Molly of Denali, a new multiplatform PBS KIDS series premiering on July 15th 2019, follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray. EVENT
Join WSKG and the Fenimore Art Museum on Sunday, July 7th as we partner for a  ‘Molly of Denali’ event! We’ll be screening episodes from the upcoming series at 11a.m. and 1p.m. followed by hands-on activities in the Study Center. Visitors will also be able to view the museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.

2019 Rod Serling Film Fest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. Details to follow. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at

Understanding LGBTQ + Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

This collection offers a series of free digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The video content is scaffolded by a suite of materials (informational text, conversation guides, discussion questions, and teaching tips) to facilitate their use in professional development settings. The collection also has a growing selection of core curriculum video-based content to help educators integrate LGBTQ narratives into ELA and social studies classrooms.






WSKG is pleased to partner for this very special twitter chat in honor of Fred Rogers. Join the discussion May 23, 2019 at 8:30pm EST and follow #143DayEDU. Your hosts for the chat are Sean Gaillard and Dr. Jennifer Williams. Our Director of Education, Jackie Stapleton-Durham, will also be part of the chat and curating input from local educators. HOSTS
Mr. Gaillard is an award winning educator and Principal at Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina. He founded #CelebrateMonday and #TrendthePositive and is author of The Pepper Effect: Tap Into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Dr. Williams has worked as a school administrator, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, and currently, as a professor at Saint Leo University.

‘Regents Review’ Returns to Aid Students Preparing for State Exams

Regents Review 2.0 prepares learners for the New York State Regents exams.
For each Regents exam there is a one-hour long exam review video. Some of the videos are also broken into shorter clips for those looking for help with a particular topic. The teachers involved in creating these videos formulated lists of recommended online resources for further study – check them out! The video programs are also broadcast by all New York State public television stations – including WSKG. The schedule of air dates for WSKG TV is listed below.

Free PD Series for Social Studies Teachers

“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?”
–”Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”, Hamilton
Every student has a voice and a story. Is it true that they have no control over how their stories are told, or can we provide resources to help them direct their own narratives? In this three part series educators will have the opportunity to explore tools, devices, and unique practices which encourage students to not only critically consider how history is defined, but also how to ensure their own stories are accurately documented and their point of view is conveyed. Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for Empathy Inquiry
April 10, 2019 | 7:00 P.M.

Brene Brown says, “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” And while the concept is clearly conveyed, teaching empathy, as it applies to understanding history especially, is not quite as clear cut or simple. Teachers, we hope you’ll join us for  the first of our three part series specifically for Social Studies educators, “Who Tells Your Story.” Through this exciting ‘live learning’ event, we’ll discuss how to cultivate inclusive spaces within your classroom so students can build a foundation for learning and inquiry that allows them to empathize with, and better understand, different perspectives.

Social-Emotional ‘Live-Learning’ Series with PBS KIDS

Won’t you be our neighbor?! Teachers, join us for this three part series where we explore Social Emotional Learning “Core Competencies” (CASEL@2017). With the help from Arthur, Peg+Cat and Daniel Tiger we will dive into how to weave SEL into your everyday lessons. Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom. Practicing Mindfulness
March 28 @7PM ET
Every day when you’re walking down the street…

Everybody that you meet…

has an original point of view.

Inspiring Young Scientists Through STEAM Education

Our world changes every day, and with that, our teaching practice does to: there is always more to learn as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) educator. In this three part series, we’ll look at ways to inspire our young scientists and make concepts such as data and computational thinking engaging!  Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Inspiring Young Scientists Through STEAM Education. Helping Students Interpret Data
March 19th @7PM ET
Data,data, is everywhere! How do we teach students to interpret data?

‘Live Learning’ Professional Development Series for Teachers

The world is saturated with information – all types of media, with millions of varying messages. Not only are your students consuming the media, but with new technology and inexpensive tools, they are also creating content and using media in myriad ways to test their ideas, and tell their stories.

Join your peers for a three part PBS ‘Live Learning’ experience: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators

‘How to Win at Business’ Student Radio Drama

What would happen if we combined the creative writing of students and teachers with the audio technology of today? Something awesome, we think! And it did. A group of local students entered WSKG’s An Ear for Drama Contest. Their winning script ‘How to Win at Business’ follows the rivalry between two store owners as they try to best each other in business. Oz Tay, Torin Knapp, and Riley Knapp are the students who wrote the script.

Twitter Chat Series: K-12 Digital Citizenship

Join WSKG as our Education Director moderates a series of Twitter chats focused on issues surrounding Digital Citizenship. We’ve invited local guest stars to share their expertise during each chat. Share, learn, and help us to better understand the needs of our K-12 communities in regard to #DigCit! Participants will also have the chance to win prizes throughout each chat. All chats begin at 9pm EST.

Free Professional Development for PK-2 Teachers

‘Learning with Littles: Demonstrating Empathy & Perseverance’
January 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Please come along with us, Daniel Tiger and his friends as we explore creative ways to weave social and emotional learning into your classroom. This virtual professional learning adventure is designed and led by fellow educators, and is the third in our four part ‘Learning with Littles’ series for Pre K-2 educators. The hour-long session will highlight exciting resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom. Led by PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Ashley Judd and Mallory Mbalia, this session is one that you do not want to miss.

Teaching Winter Holidays with PBS LearningMedia

Wintertime is full of reasons to celebrate. Students will enjoy learning about the fascinating and sometimes surprising origins of familiar holidays and learning about new holidays, too! The winter holiday video collection from PBS LearningMedia is lesson-ready for Grade 2 – 6 classrooms.
December & January Holidays

New Years Day
Chinese New Year

Educator Resources

1-minute videos to stream or download
Support materials: vocabulary sheet, activity, discussion questions, and teacher key
Standards-aligned, Grades 2 – 6

Not yet a PBS LearningMedia user? Sign up for a free account and gain access to thousands of free, innovative, standards-aligned and curriculum-targeted digital resources. Browse the digital resources produced by WSKG to support classroom learning in math, history, and health.

Free Workshop for PK-2 Teachers

Learning with Littles: Developing Cultural Awareness
Teachers! We’re excited to invite you to a live discussion with illustrator, animator, writer, director and producer, Joe Murray, who created the new PBS KIDS hit series, Let’s Go Luna. You’ll recognize Joe’s previous work as creator of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Camp Lazlo.” Together with on staff anthropologist Erik Messal and cultural advisors from more than a dozen countries, Joe has a developed a fun, sweet, irreverent way for even our littlest learners to travel the world and develop global awareness. Designed by educators, the ‘Learning with Littles’ professional learning series for Pre K-2 educators provides ideas for how to responsibly integrate media into your learning environment. In addition to meeting Joe and other members of the Let’s Go Luna team, you’ll meet other educators, who will share teaching models and strategies to help you build a culturally responsive learning environment.

‘Native America’ Screening Event at the Rockwell Museum

Join us as we partner with the Rockwell Museum to host a screening event of Native America Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at the Rockwell, 111 Cedar Street Corning, NY. We will be screening the ‘Nature to Nations’ episode of Native America. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Visit this webpage for full details and to register. 

WSKG was pleased to interview a local woman, Alisha Merrill, and share a snapshot of her #NativeVoicesPBS story. Watch the video below.

PBS KIDS Resources for Computer Science

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9, we’re inviting teachers and parents to discover PBS KIDS resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Check out the PBS KIDS ScratchJr collection on PBS LearningMedia and splash page on PBS KIDS. You’ll find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Free Workshop for PK-2 Teachers

Teachers, join us as we nurture curiosity and critical thinking with our littles! This virtual professional learning experience will provide tips on how to responsibly integrate media in the classroom for your early learners. How do you encourage an eagerness to explore in the classroom? A desire to learn? What are the best methods to keep students engaged and learning in the classroom?

‘Native America’ TV Series & Event Coming This Fall

Explore the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.

From Caves to Cosmos
Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America’s First Peoples? Nature to Nations
Explore the rise of great American nations, from monarchies to democracies. Cities of the Sky
Discover the cosmological secrets behind America’s ancient cities.

For the Love of Lit: Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for Teachers

Teachers! Join us as we bring the Great American Read to your classroom. 

This four-part virtual professional learning series is designed for English Language Arts teachers, created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight techniques for engaging learners through essential communication skills, and present ideas for enhancing teaching practice through activities, projects, passion, and a connection to literature. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. For the Love of Lit: Inspiring Young Authors, with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty
October 17 @ 7-8pm ET

Designed by educators, this virtual professional learning experience will introduce a number of teaching models and strategies to enhance your practice. How can you inspire your students to be passionate writers and engaged readers?

Visit WSKG Education at STEAMfest

Build a robot, make a fidget spinner out of recycled plastic bottles, listen to plants as they make music, create a flying critter with LED light-up eyes, explore fossils, 3-D printing or discover how to power Broome County’s carousels with the wind! STEAMfest 2018 brings together afterschool/out-of-school-time providers, makers, business and industry to highlight Science, Technology, Engineering Art/Agriculture and Math career pathways for young people and innovation throughout our region. STEAMfest 2018 features a huge variety of fun, interactive “maker” stations where young people can learn about exciting STEAM careers through hands-on activities and learn what they need to study in school and college to prepare for these careers. STEAMfest will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. Be sure to visit the WSKG station featuring a Bob the Builder inspired activity! This is a free event open to the public.

Daniel Tiger Welcomes New Neighbors in First-Ever Movie!

In this first-ever, hour-long movie, Daniel Tiger is getting new neighbors – The Platypus Family!  Tune in on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 9:30a.m to watch the movie. New episodes continue the week of September 17, and focus on Jodi Platypus and her family adjusting to Daniel’s neighborhood. In support of the “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?” theme, use any of these materials with your children or students:

Helping Young Children Cope & Learn to Make New Friends – tip sheet for parents
Hello & Goodbye Cards – activity sheet
Draw Your Feelings – activity sheet

Get Ready for School with PBS

The beginning of school may very well be parents’ most favorite time of the year. Even so, the transition for parents and kids can be a little rough. Here’s help to ease you and your child into the back-to-school groove. Transition Your Family from Summer to School
Back-to-School Tips
How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
School Avoidance: How to Get Your Reluctant Child to Class
Back-to-School Checklist from PBS KIDS

Asking what your child did at school all day is easy. Getting the answer isn’t.

Explore the Arts with ‘Pinkalicious’!

Join WSKG on Saturday, August 11th at Oneonta World of Learning for a family event inspired by ‘Pinkalicious and Peterrific’, the hit new PBS KIDS show! Celebrate the arts with a variety of activities, performances, and screenings of ‘Pinkalicious’. Children can also have their photo taken with character standee art from the series! This event begins at 10am and runs until 2pm.  The first 150 children will receive a free art kit. Admission is $5 per child and OWL members are free.

Winners Announced in the 2018 Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. This event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the public. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at

Agencies Across Central New York Split Over $13 Million To Fight Poverty

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Organizations that help impoverished central New Yorkers get an education, find jobs or decent housing are getting a boost from a pot of state money meant to help the poor. Wayne O’Connor, of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Syracuse, said the extra cash will help expand his organization that focuses on workforce development, starting in the middle school years. “It will enable us to hire five youth advocates, and some support for those advocates,” said O’Connor. “Every time we add more students, we grow the culture, we grow the program, so it’s significant.”

Hilliside is one of almost two dozen organizations in five counties, awarded a piece of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The 24-member Alliance for Economic Inclusion decided to split over $13 million between agencies that had successful programs dealing with poverty, as well as some newer ones.

Open House Event at WSKG

You’re invited to WSKG Studios on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Join us at this community event as we celebrate public media and fifty years of WSKG TV. Nature Cat will make appearances and children will also enjoy PBS KIDS activities. Enjoy vintage WSKG photos & equipment display, watch previews of upcoming PBS shows, and vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read. Play other public media-inspired games and be sure to take your photo at the ‘Selfie Spots’ throughout the station! Musical performances will include Chocolate Music with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear (10:30, 11:30, 12:30) and special guests Alexei Aceto (10:15 & 11:15) and Kidbess (12:15 & 1:15).  WSKG’s President & CEO Greg Catlin and special guests will make remarks in the TV Studio at the top of each hour. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.

Report: Rural Poverty in America is ‘An Emergency’

The United States does not stack up favorably when compared to other nations with advanced economies when it comes to childhood poverty worldwide, according to a new report, which considered factors such as the lack of access to quality food, high adolescent birth rates and a child dropping out of school. Out of 175 nations, the U.S. ranks 36th – far behind Singapore, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, which round out the top five — and just behind Bahrain and Belarus in the reportproduced by the advocacy group Save the Children. “We are just above Russia, Kuwait and Bosnia,” says president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “So I wouldn’t say that the United States is doing terribly well as far as childhoods.”

The report looks at so-called childhood enders or “events that rob children of their childhood and prevent them from reaching their full potential,” including things like displacement due to war, gender bias, child labor and child mortality. There are three childhood disruptors that account for why the U.S. ranking is relatively low, says Miles, “One was our infant mortality rate, which is by global standards, pretty high.

RSVP to WSKG’s ‘The Great American Read’ Event

You’re invited to WSKG Studios for a special event celebrating the new PBS series The Great American Read! Join us on Thursday, June 14th for a one-hour screening, mingle with literary-minded guests, and hear remarks from author and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson.  

Partner organizations including Literacy Legacy Project, Lyceum, Riverow Bookshop, Four County Library System, and School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East will also be on site throughout the evening. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Connect NY: Screens and Teens

Has smart tech and the social media it drives harmed a generation dependent on these tools to perform most functions?  A new addiction impacting youth socialization, cognitive development and even mental health is chronicled in a new documentary that’s starting the conversation with parents, educators and lawmakers across New York State.  As policymakers look to respond, can we institute moderation and parameters or has the technology taken hold and it’s too late? FEATURED GUESTS

Bonnie Nobiling, Director of IT Services & District Data Coordinator – Oneonta School District
Dr. Delaney Ruston, President – MyDoc Productions and filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY


Michael Robb, Ph.D., Director of Research – Commonsense Media
Bonnie Russell, Immediate Past President – New York State Parent Teacher Association
Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent – BOCES Erie District
Sean Ryan (D), NYS Assemblymember 149th District

Watch this new episode on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00pm on WSKG TV. Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.

Free ‘Little Women’ Webinar for Teachers & Librarians

FREE Webinar for Teachers & Librarians, Grades 6-12
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm EST

Loved by generations worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a universal coming-of-age story. In this webinar for educators, we use the new MASTERPIECE adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN and partner with the Great Books Foundation to explore why the classic novel’s themes still resonate with audiences 150 years after its publication. This webinar will support English teachers and librarians grades 6-12 and offers:

A tour of the media-based resources on PBS LearningMedia, featuring key scenes from the MASTERPIECE broadcast
A discussion of Great Books Foundation’s shared inquiry technique to help students think critically about the novel and reflect on its relevance today
Q&A with resource developers

Register Now

A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all who attend the live stream. A recording link will be available. Registration is limited so please sign up today.

Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of Nature Cat, Splash and Bubbles, and Wild Kratts episodes. Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV:
April 23 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Cheeks The Hamster’
April 23 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Lets Talk Turkey Vulture/Prescription: Nature’
April 23 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Seal Sitters/from Ray to Zee’
April 24 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Wild Ponies’
April 24 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Enter The Dragonfly/Water Woe’s’
April 24 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Sea Sparkles/Tyke and Seek’ 
April 25 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Elephant Brains!’ April 25 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Garden Impossible/Agents of the Great Outdoors’
April 25 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Lights Out!/Catching Some Zzzs’ 
April 26 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Sloth Bear Suction’
April 26 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Job Search/Reeftown’s Got Talent!’ 

Explore the Outdoors Activities from PBS KIDS:

Wild Kratts Nature Journal (pdf)
Curious George’s Pinwheel (pdf)
I Spy Peg (pdf)
Dinosaur Train’s Nature Collection (pdf)
Dee’s Nature Poetry (pdf)

Contest Deadline Approaching

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact

Catch a Full Week of Brand New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes

READY JET GO! follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore our solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, all while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. New episodes all this week on WSKG TV!

One Month Left for Students to Enter ‘An Ear for Drama’

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Video

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. Use this video from PBS LearningMedia to provide an overview of the holiday and open classroom discussion!

‘Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like’ Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Children’s Series

MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE is a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond. WSKG will air this special Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00pm. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.” Michael Keaton, who worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970s, hosts the special.

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from our very own Good to Know series and math materials from PBS LearningMedia. Attendees can also learn about the new ‘Text-to-Teacher’ project from Cyberchase! Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, NY. The Conference will run 4:15pm-7:15pm.

Free Virtual Workshop: Exploring Arts and Creativity with ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. COMING UP THIS WEEK! Register here:
Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Take advantage of these other free professional development events designed for ECE teachers!


PBS KIDS Presents Free Workshops for Early Learning Educators

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual professional development series specially designed with PreK- 1 teachers in mind! With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual professional development event. Take advantage of these free events! Learn more and register below:

Learning with PBS KIDS: Exploring Arts & Creativity with Pinkalicious
January 24, 2018  |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Social & Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger
February 6, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET

Learning with PBS KIDS: Playful Learning with Technology 
February 22, 2018 |  7:00-8:00pm ET


PBS Kids Writers Contest

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Opens!

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

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Free PBS LearningMedia Webinar for Teachers

Join us for an educator webinar (preK-12) from PBS LearningMedia on how to integrate digital tools and public media into your classroom. Expand your digital toolkit and discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students. This free webinar will be held online on Tuesday, November 28 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET. Register Now!

Kindness is at the Heart of Sesame Street’s New Holiday Special

It’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo’s new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

Children’s Book ‘Stick Man’ Comes to Life on TV

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he’s heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas? Based on the book by Julia Donaldson.

Watch on WSKG TV Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30am.  

Virtual Event for Classrooms Highlights ‘The Vietnam War’

Days before Veterans Day 2017, PBS Teachers, ITVS, National History Day, and WETA present a special virtual event for classrooms featuring filmmaker Lynn Novick of the acclaimed PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.”

Join us Wednesday, November 8, 2017 as Novick offers an in-depth look at the Vietnam War era through the making of her film, as well as personal, behind-the-scenes insights from her experience working with U.S. and Vietnamese veterans, historians, and everyday people who witnessed the War firsthand. This will be an interactive discussion, so have your questions ready! Register now for this free, live, stream-only online event.

Celebrate Halloween with New ‘Arthur’

This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted… but by what?

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity!

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

AmGrad Day 2017 to Feature Local Teacher

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. WSKG will highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions, including the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator from New York State, Elisabeth Bostwick.

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

American Graduate Day 2017

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. The event explores the importance of mentorship through the critical themes of early education, more and better learning, special needs, STEAM, dropout prevention and re-engagement, career readiness, and college completion. WSKG will also highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions.

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

PBS Newshour Takes Deep Look at Opioid Issues

Throughout October 2017, PBS NewsHour is running a series of broadcast and online reporting called AMERICA ADDICTED, exploring the nation’s opioid crisis, what’s driving it, and effective strategies for combatting it. You can watch PBS Newshour Monday through Friday at 7:00pm on WSKG TV and listen Monday through Friday on WSQX Radio at 9:00pm.  

Community on the Edge
In Huntington, WVa we see how the opioid crisis has left its mark on one small town, producing everything from first responder burnout and overwhelmed foster care systems to clogged sewage systems and overdose rates that have caught national attention. Rehab High
Part of combating the opioid epidemic is getting to potential addicts before they start a lifelong habit. Hope Academy in Indianapolis aims to do just that.

Your Input Needed for New Music Appreciation Series

WSKG is developing a music appreciation series geared toward youth. We are seeking feedback and input from you! Kids, parents, teachers… what do YOU want see covered in a music appreciation radio show/podcast? Please take a moment to take the survey below:

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2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners


BEST DOCUMENTARY | Choices | Shyann Stroud

BEST FICTION/STORY | It’s Not What It Looks Like | Jad Jacob

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Dream Deferred| Nadia Nugent

BEST K-5 | Monster Girl | Colleen McGuinness

BEST 9-12 | Why God? | Evan Pritchard

HONORABLE MENTION 9-12 | Doodle | Tyler Barhydt

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Left to Write | Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, David Mosden, Noah Morris

BEST IN SHOW | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

Double Honor for Film ‘8 to 8’ in Serling Fest

The film ‘8 to 8’ is by Alec Simmons, student at Ithaca’s Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. ‘8 to 8’ is the recipient of the ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’ award and the honor of ‘Best in Show’ for 2017.  Here is some feedback from the filmmaker. What is your film about? A college student keeps noticing a mysterious tower on the outskirts of campus.

‘Monster Girl’ Wins Elementary Category Honor in Serling Film Fest

Colleen McGuinness | Artist Bio
I am 9 years old and in 4th grade in Union-Endicott.  I have been in 5 shows at the Endicott Performing Arts Center and got to go to New York City this year to see Broadway shows.  I play the piano in the movie. I also like playing old rock-n-roll on my recorder and this year I’m learning to play the stand-up bass. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? It’s about a girl that scares her parents and then marries a boy named Joe.

‘Choices’ Wins Best Documentary in Serling Film Fest

Congratulations to Shyann Stroud, student at Greater Southern Tier BOCES, for the ‘Best Documentary’ honor in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival. What is your film about? My film “Choices” is the story of my life, and how I dealt with certain tragedies in a positive light. How did you come up with the idea for your film? As a class we were tasked with writing a paper on Rod Serling.

Student-Produced ‘Left to Write’ Will Leave You Pondering

A student group of five filmmakers who have a passion for all elements of video making, whether it’s filming, acting, editing, or writing. Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, Noah Morris, David Mosden are students at Huntington High School in Mrs. Swan’s video program. Their film explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life. This piece follows the boy as he contemplates whether to continue reading the book, or to return it to the librarian who gave it to him. What is your film about? 
This is a film production that explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life.

‘It’s Not What it Looks Like’ Receives Best Fiction/Story Honor

Congratulations to Jad Jacob for sharing his film It’s Not What It Looks Like with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His film received the award for Best Fiction/Story for 2017. What is your film about? 
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst. How did you come up with the idea for your film? I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot.

‘Best 9-12’ Serling Fest Award Goes to Niskayuna Native

Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York.  He is attending Purchase College as a freshman.  Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film.  He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career.  Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about? 
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing – “Religion and Culture today”.  At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today.  As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.

‘Algo’ Captures Abstract/Experimental Award in Serling Film Fest

Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? ‘Algo’ is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.

‘Two Girls, a Dog, and Death’: Interview with Creators of Local Radio Drama

Last spring, four Ithaca area students worked together to write a script and submitted their radio drama to WSKG’s An Ear for Drama project. The judging committee unanimously selected it as the strongest entry. From here, the students visited WSKG and worked on voicing techniques and strengthening the script. In addition to writing a winning radio drama script, the students each took part in recording it at WSKG Studios alongside local professional voice actors. The students answered the following interview questions to share their perspective on the experience.

Short Film ‘Doodle’ Receives Honorable Mention in Serling Festival

Tyler Barhydt is a senior at Niskayuna High School and his film ‘Doodle’ has received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival.  Barhydt is involved in school and community theater and will be performing as the role of Chino in the upcoming performance of West Side Story at SLOC. He runs an instagram and a website where he is working to build his photography portfolio. He plans to pursue both photography and filmmaking in college. What is your film about?

Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids

One in five American children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure that schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place. This APM Reports documentary investigates why and explores how improving things for dyslexic kids could help all students learn to read better.

Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many Southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses. This documentary focuses on three universities — Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia — as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories. At the crux of the story is the question of how these institutions might make amends for the ways they participated in American slavery and the moral, political and practical issues under-riding that question.

Keeping Teachers

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers, but U.S. schools are struggling to attract and keep them. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about the teachers these schools desperately need, but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas. There are surprising similarities in why schools struggle to attract and keep these teachers that are particularly relevant now, when the divides between urban and rural — and white and black — are getting so much attention.

Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. #RaisingBertiePBS

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:00pm.

A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump’s America

Public schools in the United States have to treat undocumented students like citizens. But once these students graduate, everything changes. Without papers, they don’t qualify for federal college grants, they can’t legally work to pay for tuition, and they may have to pay out-of-state tuition. Some young immigrants received temporary papers under an Obama administrative program, but now they find themselves on a collision course with newly powerful opponents, including a president who swept into office on a wave of anti-immigrant fear and anger. APM Reports follows immigrant students under the Trump administration.

It's 'Back to Bortron' with the Propulsion Family

When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Get ready with these activities and tune in on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00am and 2:00pm on WSKG TV!:

Ready Jet Go! Activities from Pinterest Board from PBS KIDS
Build your own rocket ship to go to Bortron 7 with Jet’s Rocket Ship Creator

Watch video where Jet Propulsion explains about his planet Bortron 7:

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey with the hit movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle airs on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30am on WSKG.

'Wild Kratts Alaska' Movie Event

While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon – jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Whole Kratts track the incredible salmon run – a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend. Premieres on WSKG TV on July 24, 2017 at 7:30am and 3:30pm.

At-Home Learning for Your Kids from PBS

Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive while school’s out with these informal anytime learning resources. This collection of videos, lessons, and activities encourages students grades PreK-12 to spend the summer exploring their own neighborhood, the country, the world, and even outer space – in person, or from the comfort of home or a local library. For additional summer resources, check out our Summer Reading Collection and Camp PBS LearningMedia. 

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on this day in 1907. Whether you’re a teacher looking for classroom resources or just a Frida fan – ‘The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo’ is super cool. Check out this video and support materials illustrate what makes art political, and prompts students to create their own self-portraits! Most appropriate for grades: 9-13+.

'Inventing America' Episodes Set to Air Tonight

Inventing America: Making a Nation
This episode brings our Founding Fathers back to life in a TV talk show filmed before a live audience. This program features three delegates to the Second Continental Congress-Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker), Benjamin Franklin (John Hamant) and John Adams (Sam Goodyear)-discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence. A fourth delegate, John Dickinson (Rodney TeSlaa), who refused to sign the document, reveals the conflict behind this historic event. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, July 3, 2017 at 9:00pm. Inventing America: Making a Government
This program tells the story behind the Constitutional Convention of 1787 – four momentous months that changed the world.

Take 'Flat Kratt' on Your Summer Adventures

Take the Flat Kratt with you wherever you go to assist you in all of your adventures! From your backyard to the forest, from a far away beach to the neighborhood pool, or from the next town over to another continent. How far will the Kratts travel this summer? Download, decorate, and take this#FlatKratt with you wherever you go. Take pictures and share them on social media with the hashtag #FlatKratt and be sure to tag your public media station WSKG!

Being Poor: Real Stories of Hope

Connect: NY explores those programs and individuals who are making headway in the fight against poverty in New York State.  How they are changing the trajectory of people’s lives, what tools they use to accomplish their goals – and how their work benefits us all – on this important finale episode of our Connect: NY poverty series. We meet a supervisor and bakery employee who have experienced an entire overhaul in lifestyle since beginning their work with Greyston.   We bring you their stories and an inspiring look at what can happen when a company is willing to take a risk on those in society who are left behind. Joining host Susan Arbetter for a follow up panel discussion in studio are:

Roy Reehil – Oswego County Legislator
Michael Kink, Executive Director – Strong Economy for All Coalition
Diane Cooper-Currier, Executive Director, Oswego County Opportunities
Ruth Pelham – Founder, Music Mobile

Watch on WSKG TV Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00pm.

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

A day for celebrating Hal and his favorite chew toy Mr. Chewinsky’s three-year anniversary as dog and toy has gone from joyous fun to total sadness as Nature Cat has made a terrible mistake! Nature Cat accidentally dropped Mr. Chewinsky down the storm drain, and now he is floating on the storm water, working his way through the drain system to the river and out to the ocean! Oh no! As the gang goes to find and save Mr. Chewinsky, they learn how all waterways are connected, and also meet up with a new sp