Washington, DC Community Screening of American Teacher: US Department of Education
Friday, January 27, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
***Although registration is full, we encourage all who are interested in attending to join the waiitng list in the event that tickets become available. Also, we are considering hosting a second screening, and will use the wait list for priority ticketing.
The United States Department of Education invites you to a free screening of the documentary, American Teacher. The screening is offered free of charge to teachers . The screening will be followed by an interactive, audience-driven panel discussion focused on this question: How can we attract, retain, and support the best teachers? Join us for this unique opportunity, but you better act fast! Registration is only open to the first 225 respondents.
AMERICAN TEACHER is the feature-length documentary produced and directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth; produced by Nínive Calegari, co-founder of the literacy non-profit 826 National, and best-selling author Dave Eggers; and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon.
AMERICAN TEACHER chronicles the stories of four teachers - Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler, and Rhena Jasey - who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today. The film shows us the experience of these four young teachers as they recognize the importance of what they do, and how much they love what they do, but ask: can I afford to continue to teach?
Undeniable research shows that a child's school success depends on quality teaching. In the next ten years, more than half of the current 3.2 million teachers will be eligible to retire. We will then have a choice: continue with the current, broken system of trying to attract talented college graduates to the teaching profession by offering low pay, long hours, little support, and no prestige - a system that results in high turnover and low morale and translates into 85 percent of graduates refusing to even consider the profession. Or we change: increase compensation and improve conditions to attract the best college graduates who might otherwise go into law, finance, or other lucrative fields. With the best and the brightest in the profession, schools will get better.
To learn more about AMERICAN TEACHER, please visit our website at www.americanteachermovie.org.
Tickets available on Tuesday January 3rd, 2012, 8:00AM EST
**Please arrive by 5:30 to facilitate your entrance through security.
***All participants must have the printed ticket with their name and a government issued photo ID for entrance into the event.
Snow Date: Friday, February 3, 2012