VA TV Classroom Expands
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Kids & Family
- Published: 07 May 2020
Following the successful launch of the “VA TV Classroom” initiative, the program expanded with an additional hour to include grades 4-7 in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education. Continue to Know with WHRO began on May 4 broadcasting SOL-aligned lessons led by teachers for grades 4-7 across the state.
WHRO Public Media along with its sister public media partners 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” launched April 13.
The expanded “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“I would like to thank WHRO Public Media for stepping up and creating this new teacher-led content and to thank Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, and WETA for providing this resource for students while schools are closed as part of the commonwealth’s strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” Lane said. “It is nothing short of amazing that these public media stations were able to create ‘VA TV Classroom’ a few weeks ago, and in another few weeks add an additional hour of daily instruction for students in grades 4-7."
The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:
- K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn to 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 Science and Algebra 1. •
- Grades 4-7 instruction airs from 12-1 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.
“We are thrilled to expand “VA TV Classroom” to bring the classroom into homes with teachers teaching on TV,” WHRO Public Media President and CEO Bert Schmidt said. “Much of our instruction is now created digitally, but knowing so many students don’t have access to our online resources, we were thrilled to bring this important instruction back to our air.”
Tune in to “VA TV Classroom” Monday thru Friday on WHRO TV 15 and WHRO World: via antenna 15.2, Cox 107 & Verizon FiOS 460. For schedules and more information, visit www.whro.org/classroom.