Groups such as KSBA, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Councils, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Kentucky PTA and others are encouraging citizens interested in the inside story of what it takes to be a classroom teacher to attend one of 11 viewings of the documentary,American Teacher, later this month.
Showings will be March 27 in Bowling Green, Corbin, Elizabethtown, Fort Mitchell, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah and Prestonsburg with a second showing March 29 in Louisville. You may register here http://americanteacherky.wordpress.com/register/.
According to the documentary’s website, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system — the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. In keeping with the storytelling styles of both writer Dave Eggers and director Vanessa Roth, American Teacher is a character-driven film that explores this urgent issue through humor, irony, and the energy of the teachers who fill the screen. For four years, the production team has closely followed the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas across the country.
The film's narrative balances the personal stories of each character with a mixture of interviews and animated facts and statistics by Stefan Nadelman, each highlighting the big sacrifices made by our nation’s teachers, and how these demanding costs force many of our greatest teachers out of the profession.
The film is narrated by Matt Damon, who is passionate about education, and includes an original musical score by Thao Nguyen.
More information is available online here http://www.theteachersalaryproject.org/.