Misunderstood Minds
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 About the Project

The Misunderstood Minds project consists of three elements: The PBS documentary, first airing March 27, 2002; the companion Web site on PBS Online, www.pbs.org/misunderstoodminds; and the Developing Minds Multimedia Library.

Misunderstood Minds: the documentary

For one in five students, learning is an exhausting and frustrating struggle. Often mistakenly called "lazy" or "stupid" by their teachers, classmates, and even their families, these children may be suffering from debilitating learning problems. If not addressed, the problems can have a devastating impact on the students' self-esteem and future academic and social success.

The PBS documentary Misunderstood Minds shines a spotlight on this painful subject, following the stories of five families as, together with experts, they try to solve the mysteries of their children's learning difficulties. Produced and directed by renowned Frontline filmmaker Michael Kirk, this 90-minute special shows the children's problems in a new light, and serves as a platform to open a nationwide dialogue on how best to manage young, vulnerable, and misunderstood minds.

Misunderstood Minds is a co-production of the Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd., and WGBH Boston. Executive producers are Michele Korf and Brigid Sullivan. The producer and director is Michael Kirk. Misunderstood Minds is closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers by The Caption Center at WGBH Boston. Narrated descriptions are provided by Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®), a national service of WGBH Boston that makes television, cable, and home video programming accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Information on ordering a copy of Misunderstood Minds is available on the order videos section of this site, or by calling 1-800-949-8670.

Misunderstood Minds: the Web site


Parents, teachers, and students looking for the scientific explanations behind learning differences and strategies to aid success in school can find both on the companion Web site for Misunderstood Minds. The site includes profiles of the students in the documentary, as well as sections on Attention, Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Interactive activities, called Experience Firsthand, are designed to give site visitors a sense of what it may be like for a student struggling with a basic skill.

The Web site is a production of WGBH Interactive and Educational Programming and Outreach. Executive producers are Ted Sicker, Michele Korf, and Brigid Sullivan. The producer is Arthur R. Smith.

The Web site is accessible, designed for use with screen reader devices that render text into speech for blind and low-vision Web users. To learn more about providing access to Web content for users with disabilities, please visit the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media on the Web at ncam.wgbh.org.

Funding for the Misunderstood Minds PBS documentary and Web site is provided by Schwab Learning, a service of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation; Exxon Mobil Foundation; Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation; Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; The Roberts Foundation; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and public television viewers. Thank you.

Developing Minds Multimedia Library

This multimedia library of videos and print guides is designed to help parents and teachers of elementary and middle-school children explore differences in learning through the approach and conceptual framework of developmental-behavioral pediatrician, author, and professor Dr. Mel Levine.

The 22-video library explores the relationship between learning and key brain functions, and features practical, easy-to-use strategies to help students become more successful learners. The 18 accompanying print guides reinforce the concepts and strategies presented in the videos.

The Developing Minds Multimedia Library can be ordered in its entirety. In addition, multivideo sets have been arranged around particular learning difficulties and problem clusters, with many combinations to choose from. Individual videos and accompanying guides are also available.

Detailed item descriptions and full ordering information (phone, fax, or mail orders) may be obtained by downloading the brochures on the order videos page of this site. You may also call 1-800-949-8670 to request more information or to order.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer. More than one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup and companion Web content is produced by WGBH, and the Boston station is the source of many public radio favorites. WGBH also is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in access technologies for people with disabilities. For more information visit www.wgbh.org.

About All Kinds of Minds

All Kinds of Minds helps families and teachers understand why a student is struggling in school and provides an action plan to help each child become a more successful learner.

Founded in 1995, All Kinds of Minds is a private, non-profit Institute, affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that offers a powerful system of programs for helping kids succeed. The Institute's primary goal is to educate teachers, parents, educational specialists, psychologists, doctors, and children about differences in learning, so that students who are struggling in school because of the way their brains are "wired" are no longer misunderstood. Its programs have been developed by Dr. Mel Levine and colleagues based on scientific research and over twenty-five years of clinical experience. The programs provide a comprehensive framework for understanding how all kids learn.

All Kinds of Minds enables a student (K-12), his parents, and his teachers to understand why he is having difficulty in school and provides the language and tools for parents, educators, and clinicians to develop a concrete, practical action plan to help him succeed. For more information about All Kinds of Minds, visit www.allkindsofminds.org.

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