FREE MOVIE NIGHT presented by FCAR (Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform) PRESENTS
The Screening of AMERICAN TEACHER
A DEFINITIVE LOOK AT THE STATE OF TEACHING IN AMERICA
NARRATED BY MATT DAMON
COMMUNITY SCREENING, MAY 7, 2012 AT 7:00 P.M. (81 Minutes)
IN COLLABORATION WITH MICROSOFT PARTNERS IN LEARNING
PANEL DISCUSSION FOLLOWING (30 Minutes)
LOCATION: CONGREGATIONAL U.C.C.
3700 26TH STREET WEST
AMERICAN TEACHER is the feature-length documentary produced and directed by Academy Award-winning film maker Vanessa Roth; produced by Nínive Calegari, Co-founder of the literacy nonprofit 826 National, and bestselling author Dave Eggers; and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon. AMERICAN TEACHER chronicles the stories of four teachers – Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler, and Rhena Jasey – who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today. The film shows us the experience of these four young teachers as they recognize the importance of what they do, and how much they love what they do, but have to ask themselves: Can I afford to continue to teach?
In the next ten years, more than half of this country’s current 3.2 million teachers will be eligible to retire. We will then have a choice: continue with the current broken system of trying to attract talented college graduates to the teaching profession by offering – long hours, little support, no prestige, low pay – a system that results in high turnover and low morale and translates into 85 percent of graduates refusing to even consider the profession. Or we change: increase compensation and improve conditions to attract the best college graduates who might otherwise go into law, finance, or other lucrative fields. With the best and the brightest in the profession, our school will get better.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers (The New Press, 2005), AMERICAN TEACHER is an endeavor of the Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit organization offering an interactive online resource and a national outreach campaign to change how teachers are valued in our society.
“****. Essential.” – New York Daily News
81 Minutes, US, 2011, English, Digital
Produced and Directed by Vanessa Roth
Produced by Nínive Calegari and Dave Eggers
Edited and co-directed by Brian McGinn
Music by Thao Nguyen
Narrated by Matt Damon