Thinkport Newsletter: Spotlight Education Week

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September 7, 2016

spotlight education week

September 12-17, 2016 | Airing on Maryland Public Television

Join Maryland Public Television for an exceptional week of primetime programming featuring thought-provoking films, inspirational TED TALKS, local features and special PBS programs. Highlights include Wes Moore's film All the Difference, MPT's Ways to Pay for College, and American Graduate Day!

Monday, September 12

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POV: All the Difference  | 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Tune in to MPT as we kick off Spotlight Education Week with a compelling new film from best-selling author and Maryland local, Wes Moore. All the Difference takes a look into the lives and struggles of two at-risk teens from South Side Chicago in pursuit of a college degree. Statistics predict they will drop out, but they have other plans. 

Supplementary resources for the film:

College Bound Students Handbook
College Bound Facilitators Guide 
Family Tips Sheet

Tuesday, September 13


Frontline: A Subprime Education | 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Take a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examine reports of predatory behavior, and follow a girl’s journey from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school.

TED Talks

TED TALKS Education Revolution | 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Explore innovative approaches to education. A variety of creative thinkers and 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 – 10:00 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 put into practice.

Thursday, September 15

Ways to Pay for College

Ways to Pay for College: MPT Program | 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MPT’s annual one-hour special provides valuable tips, resources and suggestions for navigating the college financial aid process. The program focuses on finding money for college, completing the FAFSA, guidance from local financial experts, student success stories, and a live call-in hotline available throughout the program.   

Craft in America

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.  

Saturday, September 17 

American Graduate Day

American Graduate Day 2016 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join MPT for a live four-hour broadcast featuring individuals and organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on a positive path toward high school graduation. Meet extraordinary youth overcoming difficult obstacles to succeed in school and life, and hear from mentors working diligently to enhance educational outcomes and opportunities for students and youth.

Throughout the broadcast, MPT will air short segments featuring local youth, non-profit organizations, and American Graduate Champions making a difference in Maryland. 

Maryland Programs and Connections

Special guests including new Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen B. Salmon, will appear on MPT's Public Affairs programs throughout Spotlight Education Week. Local education experts and leaders will discuss current topics in education with MPT program host, Jeff Salkin. 

* Programs include: Direct Connection, Your Money & Business, and State Circle.