'American Teacher': Documentary Screening and Discussion


Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


River Oaks Theatre
2009 West Gray Street, Houston, TX 77019

Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our education system -- the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country.

This feature-length documentary will bring awareness to a real and imminent crisis in our education system -- how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.

The film's co-producer, Nineve Calegari, will provide an introduction to the film. Calegari is a veteran teacher with 10 years' experience in the classroom. She and co-producer Dave Eggers, a well-known author, co-wrote the New York Times bestselling book on which the documentary is based, "Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers," and are also founders of 826 National, a nonprofit publishing and tutoring organization. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

The film was directed by Vanessa Roth and is narrated by the actor Matt Damon. For a New York Times preview of the flim, click here.

A panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow the screening.

Special thanks to Chevron
for generous sponsorship of our
2011-12 Speaker Series on Public Education

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