spotlight education

    Spotlight Education Week: September 12-17, 2016

    Airing on Maryland Public Telvision

    Just in time for the new school year, Maryland Public Television presents an extraordinary week of primetime programming focusing on the brightest ideas and toughest challenges facing America's education system. Join MPT for thought-provoking films, inspirational TED TALKS, local education features, and special PBS programming from shows including FRONTLINE and NOVA. The week opens with the compelling new POV documentary film All the Difference, co-produced by Maryland local and best-selling author Wes Moore, and his mother Joy Thomas Moore. The week finishes with the four-hour broadcast of American Graduate Day 2016, featuring poignant and powerful stories of teens overcoming obstacles to succeed in school, and mentors and organizations making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth. 

    Local highlights include MPT’s annual financial literacy program Ways to Pay for College, and special guests will appear on MPT’s public affairs programs throughout the week.  

    * Join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #AmGradMPT

    Monday, September 12


    Direct Connection  | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Tune in to MPT's public affairs program as host Jeff Salkin discusses local education topics with Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).    

    POV, All The Difference  | 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African American men come to life in the compelling documentary All The Difference. Co-produced by Maryland native and national best-selling author Wes Moore, the program traces the path of two teens from South Side Chicago on their complex and challenging quest to graduate from college. Statistics predict they will drop out, but they have other plans. 

    Supplementary Resources

    • College-Bound Student Handbook
      The student handbook can be used while viewing the documentary, afterwards, and for years to come. Find empowering tips, tools and suggestions to help you through your own quest to attend college, graduate, and find your way to a job. Includes: video clips, interactive elements, self-scoring activities and links to valuable resources and websites. 

    • Facilitator's Guide
      You have the opportunity to change many lives by engaging students in the lessons surrounding the documentary. This Facilitators Guide suggests ways to present the issues raised in the film and its accompanying short videos. This is a great chance to inspire and encourage young people in their quest to enter and graduate from college.

    • Family Tip Sheet 

    Tuesday, September 13

    Frontline: A Subprime Education  | 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    In a one-hour special, Frontline presents two eye-opening films. The first examines reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the for-profit college industry, and the second film shows how a program to stem the high school drop-out crisis has affected one girl's journey as she moves from a public middle school in the Bronx, to an elite New England private school. 

    TED Talks Education Revolution  |  10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Explore innovative approaches to education with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of micromanaging kids, and transforming struggling students into scholars. 

    Wednesday, September 14

    NOVA School of the Future  |  9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Science and technology are transforming the way we learn and teach. Take a journey from the lab to the classroom where the latest advances in learning science are being uncovered and new ideas are being put into practice. 

    Thursday, September 15

    Your Money & Business  |  7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Tune in to MPT's business program as host Jeff Salkin discusses current education topics with Maryland’s new State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen B. Salmon. 

    Ways to Pay for College  |  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Maryland Public Television continues its tradition of providing viewers with valuable insights into successfully navigating the college financial aid process with Ways to Pay for College. During this informative program, viewers meet students from college campuses in Maryland who have found simple and creative ways to pay for school, and will find out how to successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Local financial aid experts will appear live in studio to answer viewers' calls during the broadcast, providing additional hope, help and guidance. 

    Craft In America: Teachers  |  9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Meet artists committed to sharing their skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Highlights include works from Navajo weavers, glass artists and ceramic artists.  

    Friday, September 16

    State Circle  |  7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Join MPT program host Jeff Salkin for a thought-provoking discussion with Montgomery County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Smith.

    Saturday, September 17

    American Graduate Day  |  2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Join Maryland Public Television for a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast designed to raise awareness around the high school dropout crisis and shed light on the good work being done across the country to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for at-risk youth.

    Each year, the program brings together thought-leaders, journalists, celebrities and organizations for moving and reflective discussions, compelling testimonials, live performances and interviews with advocates and mentors.Tune in to hear the poignant and triumphant stories of teens overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles to succeed in school, and life, and meet American Graduate “Champions” making a monumental and lasting difference in the lives of children and teens.

    Segmented into six content strands, the day’s topics include: Early Education, More and Better Learning, STEAM, Special Needs, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, and College and Career Readiness. 

    Learn more about the program:
     American Graduate Day 

    Sponsored By:

    Maryland Public Television Corporation for Public Broadcasting Annie E. Casey Foundation Wide Angle Youth Media