AETN to present 'Spotlight Education' week featuring reports about America's students, new models of learning
Posted 07 Sep 2016
As a leader in educational media for children and students and a key partner with parents and educators across America, the Arkansas Educational Television Network has announced 'Spotlight Education,' a special week of primetime programming examining the challenges facing today's students and America's education system.
'Spotlight Education' features films and documentaries airing on AETN Sept. 11-18 and includes special episodes of 'NOVA,' 'FRONTLINE' and 'PBS NewsHour,' a new film from 'POV,' the premiere of 'TED Talks,' 'The Education Revolution,' 'Arkansans Ask: Adult Education' and concludes with the 5th annual 'American Graduate Day,' a special broadcast celebrating individuals and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation.
'Spotlight Education' also kicks off of a year-long teacher support campaign – 'Teach Boldly' – led by PBS and local stations including AETN. The 'Teach Boldly' teacher support initiative will include a series of virtual and community training events and the launch of the new PBS Teachers' Lounge, a creative digital space where teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources they need to enhance their work in the classroom.
'AETN is proud to provide this special week of programming and associated resources to our community, as 'Spotlight Education' goes to the core of our mission,' AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. 'By presenting 'Spotlight Education's' varied programs on air and online, we can continue the discussion we have year-round about how to make high-quality educational resources available for all of our children.'
'Spotlight Education' on AETN includes the following programs:
- 'August to June Bringing Life to School,' Sunday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. Filmed in rural Northern California, this special goes inside a public school to join 8-10 year olds, their teacher and their parents for a year of opportunities.
- 'Good Morning Mission Hill: The Freedom to Teach, The Freedom to Learn,' Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Unlike most of their public school peers, teachers at Mission Hill in Boston have control of their curriculum, and a say in just about every aspect of school life.
- 'Communities as Classrooms,' Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 p.m. This film follows producer Bob Gliner as he introduces a profound education initiative at four schools in El Salvador in the fall of 2015.
- 'The Address,' Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. This special tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
- 'POV: All The Difference,' Monday, Sept. 12, at 9 p.m. This film weaves together the stories of two promising young men as they navigate their lives in low-income, high-risk communities in Chicago.
- 'FRONTLINE Education' Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. This episode includes two films, 'The Diploma Mill,' a fresh look at the troubled for profit college industry, and 'Omarina's Story,' showing how an innovative program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl's journey.
- 'TED Talks: Education Revolution,' Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. This special is hosted by writer/comedian Baratunde Thurston and actress/singer Sara Ramirez.
- 'NOVA: School of the Future,' Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. This two-hour documentary looks at the school of the future by exploring 'learning science.'
- 'Arkansans Ask: Adult Education,' Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. AETN examines the resources available in Arkansas for adult education opportunities and invites viewers to call in with their questions.
- 'Time for School,' Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. This film is an update of the award-winning documentary project that visited seven classrooms in seven countries around the world.
- 'Class of '27: America Reframed,' Thursday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 p.m. This special takes an in-depth look at the people who overcome considerable odds to bring early education to impoverished rural America.
- 'Dropping Back In,' Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 each night. This five-part series addresses the large and growing problem of undereducated adults in America, the societal and economic effects now and in the future, and what's being done today to help dropouts get their lives back on track.
- 'PBS NewsHour' will broadcast an entire week of original stories as part of their 'Rethinking College' series, taking a critical look at how higher education is evolving to provide a better post-secondary learning experience, especially for people in underserved communities with underrepresented populations.
- 'American Graduate Day 2016,' Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. This live, four-hour, multiplatform broadcast will focus on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation.
- 'Roadtrip Nation,' education marathon Sunday, Sept. 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Major funding for 'Spotlight Education' is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of 'American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen,' a long-term public media initiative to help all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).