'VA TV Classroom' Expands
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Kids & Family
- Published: 08 April 2020
Updated May 18
Updated May 11
Many viewers have asked if our educational programs have been archived somewhere to be viewed later online. We have good news! Segments from both Learn and Grow With WHRO (grades K-3) and Continue To Know With WHRO (grades 4-7) are now available at eMediaVA.org. Catch up online today!
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Updated April 27
Coming soon: Content for grades 4-7. Beginning May 4, WHRO Public Media is adding Continue To Know With WHRO to our TV schedule. This program will feature educational content for grades 4-7.
Updated April 23
During the week of April 27, “VA TV Classroom” will add a special hour program called AP Prep Week, with content provided by Virtual Virginia in collaboration with WHRO focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments. WHRO TV 15 will broadcast the A.P. courses at noon. WHRO World will air the courses at 3 p.m. AP Prep week will also be available on our livestream at 3 p.m.
Updated April 16
Starting Monday, April 20, VA TV Classroom will also air on WHRO TV 15 available via antenna on 15.1, Cox 15 & 1015, FiOS 15 & 515, Charter 5 & Charter 705. Additionally, Earth Sciences and Algebra instruction is available as a livestream, Monday through Friday from 2-3 p.m on this page.
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Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards into homes across the state beginning Monday, April 13.
Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options due to a lack of high-speed internet.
“VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“I would like to thank Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media for providing this resource for students while schools are closed as part of the commonwealth’s strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect public health,” Lane said. “It is nothing short of amazing that these public media stations were able to create ‘VA TV Classroom’ and schedule its launch within a month of the governor’s initial order to close schools.”
The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:
- Grades K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn and Grow with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.
- Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Sciences and Algebra.
- During the week of April 27, “VA TV Classroom” will add a special hour program called AP Prep Week, with content provided by Virtual Virginia in collaboration with WHRO focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments. WHRO TV 15 will broadcast the A.P. courses at noon. WHRO World will air the courses at 3 p.m. AP Prep week will also be available on our livestream at 3 p.m.
- Grades 4-7 instruction airs from noon-1:00 p.m. on WHRO TV 15, and from 3-4 p.m. on WHRO World with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Continue to Know with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.
“WHRO is proud to be a part of ‘VA TV Classroom.’ WHRO actually stands for Home Room One,” WHRO President and CEO Bert Schmidt said. “WHRO was created nearly 60 years ago as a way to bring the classroom into homes via the TV. Much of our educational instruction is now created digitally, but knowing so many students now don’t have access to our online resources, we were thrilled to bring this important instruction back to our air.”
“At a time when all of Virginia’s students are out of school, public media is a valuable, trusted resource our communities can rely on to deliver high-quality educational content for all ages. VPM is honored to partner with Virginia’s public television stations and the state Department of Education to give students and their families a way to continue their learning at home,” said Jayme Swain, President of VPM and CEO of the Virginia Foundation for Public Media.
“WETA is proud to serve Virginia communities with accessible educational programming and resources that meet the academic needs of students,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA. “Public media has a vital role to play during this unprecedented time, and we have much to offer educators, parents and caregivers as they seek trusted, enriching content for young learners.”
“Blue Ridge PBS is committed to our community and helping our children and families during this unprecedented time,” said Will Anderson, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “We will continue to use our broadcast and online resources to provide meaningful educational content to Southwest Virginia.”
“VA TV Classroom” can be seen throughout the commonwealth on the following channels:
- WHRO TV 15 – via antenna 15.1, Cox 15 & 1015, FiOS 15 & 515, Charter 5 & Charter 705
- WHRO World: via antenna 15.2, Cox 107 & Verizon FiOS 460 as well as our online livestream
- VPM – VPM Plus
- Richmond area: via antenna 57.1, Verizon FiOS 24 & 524 (HD), Comcast 24 & 797 (HD), DIRECTV 57, DISH 57 & 9392 (HD)
- Charlottesville area: via antenna 41.2, Comcast 265 (HD) & 1146 (HD)
- Shenandoah Valley: via antenna 51.2, Comcast 9, 798 (HD) & 1042 (HD)
- WETA – WETA PBS Kids: via antenna 26.3, Comcast 266, Cox 801, Verizon FiOS 472, RCN 38
- Blue Ridge PBS – SWVAPTV: via antenna 15.2, streaming services Blue Ridge Streaming and Project Southwest on YouTube, Citizens Cable 82, Cox 107, Comcast/Xfinity 264, Lumos 17 (Shentel, Bedford, Covington, Glade Hill, Radford, Rocky Mount, Rustburg, Wytheville: 157)
“I believe that ‘VA TV Classroom’ will make a tremendous difference this spring as schools endeavor to provide continuity of learning for students, especially in communities where online learning is a challenge,” Lane said. “This programming builds on the long-standing partnership between VDOE and public television to support teaching and learning across the state.”