Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Way Back Wednesday: Educating the Masses

By Annmarie Dean

For the past 52 years, WNED has been found in classrooms, summer schools and in your home. We launched our educational initiative pretty quickly; in 1959, in-school programming jumped from 3 ½ hours to 21 hours per week. Only five years later, we were reaching 60,000 Western New York students and those are just a few examples. 

educationThat tradition still holds true today. Our GED Connection, a partnership with the Frontier Central School District and WNED-TV, is a free program to anyone 21-years or older who is interested in obtaining their GED. Participants use a workbook along with 39 pre-recorded episodes to prepare for their exam. Along with this distance-learning program, we also prepare teaching and learning resources to compliment many of our programs. Coming up next month, our War of 1812 program will premier on PBS and we’ve worked tirelessly on lesson plans and many more free learning resources for educators as supplements in their classroom.

I think it’s safe to say that we continue to live up to our mission statement of providing high quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate our communities.

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