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Homework Hotline Wxxi News

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).





Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:30pm - 5:00pm

Audition to be a student host of Homework Hotline, WXXI's call-in TV show, where kids get help with homework problems right on the air.

Homework Hotline is looking for students, 11-16 years old, who are available 15-20 hours in July-August for guest host opportunities. The selected 6-8 students will host special Homework Hotline segments to air during the 2013-2014 season. Segments could include topics such as health, sports, careers, volunteer opportunities, nutrition and the arts. This is not a paid opportunity.

Auditions will be held at WXXI's studios on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 from 6-8p.m. and are made by appointment only. To schedule an audition, contact Homework Hotline producer Lisa Famiglietti at (585)258-0392 or lfamiglietti@wxxi.org. All appointments must be made by Friday, June 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Audition Requirements: 
  • Bring completed application (see pdf below) or resume and headshot, if available as well  as WXXI Student Release Form (see pdf below)
  • State full name, age, and school. 
  • Share acting experience and interest in hosting opportunity. 
  • Memorize segment script provided by Homework Hotline. (part of the pdf below)
  • Choose 2 segment scenarios provided by Homework Hotline. (part of the pdf below) 

You can download a copy of the application with all the requirements here: http://interactive.wxxi.org/files/hh_segmentauditionpacket_13-14_0.pdf

Homework Hotline is designed for children in grades four through 12 andit provides the tools students need to succeed in school, and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television. Produced by WXXI, and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, Homework Hotlinehas helped thousands of children with their studies. The program airs Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), and on PBS stations throughout New York State. Homework Hotline is funded in part by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). To learn more visit: http://homework-hotline.org/

Not familiar with the show? Here's a nice overview:

Auditions held June 24 & 25

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