Monday - Thursday at 4:30PM on WPBS
Homework Hotline is a live statewide show designed for children in grades 4 through 12. The program provides the tools students need to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and supports academic achievement across a variety of learning standards.
Our main goal is to support student learning by making connections between classroom content and real world situations. Homework Hotline also presents daily thematic segments on health, animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. Homework Hotline sends out daily updates and helpful hints on our social media pages. Statewide funding is provided by NYSUT. Visit HomeworkHotline.org for more information.
Homework Hotline is alive statewide educational television program that provides students, in grades four through 12, with the tools needed to succeed in school.
The show airs Mondays-Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV and on NYS PBS Stations and via a live stream online at homeworkhotline.org throughout the school year. Produced by WXXI in partnership with Rochester Teachers Association (RTA), the program supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from the Rochester City School District host the show – teaching mini lessons in various curriculum topics to give more depth to problem solving and complex content.
The show’s format is changing to reflect how today’s students are accessing new digital learning tools and the differences in how homework is assigned. These changes provide opportunities to support learning in new ways. Additionally, RTA Dial-A-Teacher, the organization that routed homework questions to the show, was experiencing a decrease in call volume while facing funding shortages. Dial-A-Teacher decided to eliminate their call center and look for new ways to support students through Homework Hotline’s on-air and online resources. While the show is no longer taking live homework help calls, the show will still open phone lines during the broadcast for students to answer challenge questions to be listed in the Homework Hotline Hall of Fame.
The new season will put a stronger emphasis on connecting academic content to real world experiences. Homework Hotline will borrow tips from project-based learning to take a deeper dive into topics and make them more meaningful to students. The production team is also working closely with RTA to include content that helps maximize out-of-school-time for students and families. In addition, the show will be bringing in more guests – people who are experts in their field, such as professionals from the Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and other groups from around the area. Adding another layer of knowledge-building, these guests will share how the skills and content taught in the classroom are utilized daily in their own professions.
The series will continue to feature daily thematic segments on health, history, inclusion, the environment, and more. It will also continue to include student voices in the show through book reports and additional segments featuring students and student work.
Statewide funding is provided by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
Additional local support is provided by Rochester Teacher Association (RTA).