Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PAST: FILM: Free Screening of "The New Public" at E St Cinema in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week! THURS, May 9th at 6:00pm, Screening Followed by a Panel Discussion with the Filmmaker and others, Free, RSVP is Required

Free Screening of  "The New Public" at E St Cinema
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week
Thursday, May 9th
Free with RSVP:
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This free screening is hosted by The American Federation of Teachers, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Youth on Board, Anthos Media, Carla Solomon & Andrea Miller. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Sabrina Stevens of host organization The American Federation of Teachers and will feature: Michael Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College Columbia University, Carlos Rojas, Youth on Board student alum, Lyntonia Coston, educator featured in the film, and Jyllian Gunther, filmmaker! 

"A personal look into the lives of a handful of...instantly likable leave the film with an appreciation of the immense challenges faced by inner-city educators. The New Public doesn't provide and answer, but it looks at how one imperfect solution has succeeded and failed in the face of impossible odds." - David Accamazzo, Boulder Weekly

“Any prospective teacher, and most especially someone who’s thinking of teaching in a new small high school should see this film.” - Norm Fruchter, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Synopsis: In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and educator turned first-time principal James O’Brien opened a public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%.  With infectious optimism and die-hard enthusiasm, O’Brien and his staff of eight undertook a new and unconventional approach––emphasizing strong individual support and inquiry-based instruction with a focus on arts and media. Initially, the buzz from the community was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when old realities surfaced.

Filmed over four years, The New Public follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality and make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

555 11th St NW
Metro: Metro Center or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or downtown right to the corner of 11th & E

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