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September 21, 2017

WGBH EdForum To Examine Supporting Middle Schoolers Through Family Engagement

Event brings together researchers, teachers, and students to share their stories

BOSTON, September 21, 2017 – WGBH announced today that it will host its first WGBH EdForum: Supporting and Engaging Students in the Middle Grades on Wednesday, September 27, at WGBH’s studios in Boston. The one-day event will feature a diverse mix of academic researchers, practitioners, students, and leaders in education, who will present groundbreaking educational research and powerful stories about the successes and challenges of supporting young adolescents during some of their most formative years. Support for the WGBH EdForum was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The goal of the WGBH EdForum is to share compelling stories and best practices around how to engage families and communities in supporting their children during these important years, with the goal of igniting conversations among public media producers who have the capacity to disseminate these findings among local, regional, and national audiences. Guest speakers and presenters from leading universities, national education organizations, and school systems across the country will be in attendance to share their expertise and personal stories.

“WGBH is uniquely positioned to assemble this dynamic group around the vital topic of parent and family engagement during the middle school years. As the leading producer of multimedia content for PBS, we have the opportunity and capacity to make a real change through our national reach, in partnership with public media outlets from across the country,” said Jon Abbott, WGBH President and CEO. “We look forward to listening, learning, and exploring how we can help to address the needs of students in early adolescence, and are pleased to have the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York in this exciting endeavor.”

Among the notable guests attending the EdForum are Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Linda Burch, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media; and Dave Nadelberg, Founder of Mortified (getmortified.com), a storytelling project where adults share embarrassing stories about their middle school years. The event will be hosted by Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent for NPR, and a former elementary and middle school teacher. WGBH EdForum will also give a platform to those most knowledgeable about current middle school issues: actual middle school students.

The WGBH EdForum will be held at WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston on Wednesday, September 27, from 8am to 5pm. For more information, please visit http://www.wgbhedforum.org/

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.

About Carnegie Corporation

Carnegie Corporation of New York supports innovations in education, democratic engagement, and strengthening international peace and security. In education, the Corporation’s goal is for American public education to prepare all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. More info at https://www.carnegie.org/.




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