School of the Future

How can the science of learning help us rethink the future of education for all children? Airing September 14, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired September 14, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Test scores show our kids lag far behind their peers from other industrialized countries, and as the divide between rich and poor grows wider, the goal of getting all kids ready for college and the workforce gets harder by the day. How can the latest research help us fix education in America? Can the science of learning—including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? What role should technology play in the classroom? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the “School of the Future.”

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Phil Bertelsen
PRODUCED BY
Phil Bertelsen and Jane Teeling
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Jason Longo
EDITED BY
Geoff Gruetzmacher
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Julia Cort
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LeVar Burton
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Natalia Warchol
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Lincoln Else
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Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA Production by Ark Media in association with Realization Pictures for WGBH Boston.

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Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, American Graduate, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Participants

Amir Abo-Shaeer
Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
Rene Alderete
KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate
Russlynn Ali
XQ Institute
Patrice Bain
Columbia Middle School
Pamela Cantor
Turnaround for Children
Mary Carskadon
Brown University
Joanna Christodoulou
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Linda Darling-Hammond
Learning Policy Institute, Stanford
Angela Duckworth
University of Pennsylvania
Carol Dweck
Stanford University
Alejandro Gac-Artigas
Springboard Collaborative
Vivian Gadsden
University of Pennsylvania
Omar Gaytan
East Palo Alto Academy
Amika Guillaume
East Palo Alto Academy
Simon Hauger
The Workshop School
Denise Herrmann
Henry M. Gunn High School
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
University of Southern California
Sal Khan
Khan Academy
Dana Kirton
Fairmont Neighborhood School
Murtada Mahmood
KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate
Mark McDaniel
Washington University of St. Louis
Ken McFarlane
Father
Cole McFaul
Henry M. Gunn High School
Dan McGarry
Upper Darby School District
Bharat Mediratta
AltSchool
Khandace Mitchell
The Workshop School
Eric Pakulak
University of Oregon, Eugene
Makailah Perkins
East Palo Alto Academy
Madison Pickett
Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
Roddy Roediger
Washington University of St. Louis
Todd Rose
Harvard School of Education
Kelley Simone
Beverly Hills Middle School
Claude Steele
University of California, Berkeley
Max Ventilla
AltSchool

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