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American Graduate Day set to close Spotlight Education Week

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American Graduate Day, set for September 17, will serve as the culminating event for Spotlight Education this fall.

The weeklong PBS presentation, set for September 12-17, will highlight primetime programs that examine the challenges facing today’s students and education system.

Spotlight Education highlights public media’s focus on education and our role in convening conversations around how to improve outcomes for students,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS. “With special on-air programming and resources to support teachers, PBS and our local stations are committed to supporting education—at home, in the classroom and in communities.”

Spotlight Education is funded as a part of American Graduate.

The week will feature 11 films and documentaries on PBS stations across the country, including special presentations of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NewsHour. It will also coincide with the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.”

The week will also serve as the launch of a yearlong teacher support campaign, “Teach Boldly.” The initiative will have a series of virtual and community training events throughout the country in coordination with PBS and member stations.

Spotlight Education Week will include programs such as:

POV “All The Difference
Trace the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. The intimate film follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty.

NOVA “School of the Future”
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.

Class of ’27: America ReFramed
A thought-provoking documentary about how families, educators and leaders in diverse rural communities are working to get their youngest children on track toward graduating from high school in 2027. Presented in partnership with the WORLD Channel.

Check your local listings for air time. To learn more about Spotlight Education, visit the PBS website. Follow on social media using #SpotlightEduPBS