Film screening puts teachers on center stage | Events
In ten communities across the commonwealth, citizens are being invited to a free movie screening and discussion focused on the importance of having an excellent teacher in every classroom for every student in Kentucky. Twelve statewide advocacy organizations have partnered to sponsor this historic event during nearly a dozen concurrent movie screenings on March 27. One of those will be at Daviess County High School. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The group hopes the night will be a springboard for local and state level action on issues of teacher quality, teacher retention and teacher compensation.
"A recent survey indicated that a million new teachers in the U.S. will leave the profession in the next two years and another million will leave through retirement,” said Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. “It is our hope that this film will start a conversation about the need to support good teachers in our state."
The centerpiece of the event will be a free movie showing of “American Teacher,” a new film by Oscar winner Vanessa Roth that follows the stories of four amazing teachers and the impact they have on students. After the 90 minute film, those in attendance will have a brief discussion and determine possible next steps.
“The Kentucky Education Association is delighted to support community conversations about what all of us can do to support good teaching and help Kentucky teachers reach every student,” said Mary Ann Blankenship, executive director of the Kentucky Education Association.