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  • Jenny Stanley
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2008
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      >From: Sherrie Gaye Rosenberg <shergaye@...>
      >Sent: Jan 3, 2008 1:07 AM
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      >Cc: Elizabeth Kolodny <ekolodny@...>
      >Subject: [sfschools] SAN FRANCISCO BROADCAST OF “A Tribute to the Teachers of America”
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      >
      >
      >CREATING A POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE
      >
      > CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING AND TO THE HEALTHY GROWTH OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
      >
      >
      >THROUGH THE APPRECIATION OF TEACHERS
      >
      >
      >Announcing the release of the Public Broadcasting TV Special:
      >
      >
      >“A Tribute to the Teachers of America”
      >
      >
      >~ to be broadcast on PBS stations across America this school year ~
      >
      >~ in San Francisco and the Bay Area on KQED - Saturday, 1/12/08 at 6:00 p.m.
      >
      >and
      >
      >~ a the release of a FREE classroom DVD and “Tribute Teachers Guide” ~
      >
      >~ to be made available upon request of all educators ~
      >
      >
      >Dear Teachers, Educators & Educational Advocates,
      >
      >It is with great pride that we announce the airing of a TV Special, “A
      >Tribute to the Teachers of America”, a Public Broadcasting Special
      >created and produced by the UFT (United Federation of Teachers, New York
      >City) and by WNET/ Thirteen, New York.
      >
      >In the next few months your local PBS station will be airing “Tribute.”
      >To make sure these are widely viewed by your educational colleagues,
      >students and their parents,we are asking you to help us spread the word
      >of an impending broadcast of “Tribute” in your area. Afterwards, we hope
      >you will consider taking advantage of “Tribute’s” FREE follow through
      >activities in your school.
      >
      >
      >How, when and where “Tribute” was created:
      >
      > “A Tribute to the Teachers of America” was taped in New York City’s
      >historic Town Hall in September, 2007 in front of a packed house of
      >teachers. It premiered on New York’s renowned PBS station, Thirteen/
      >WNET in September, 2007.
      >
      >The following singers and entertainers, all strong educational
      >advocates, performed on “Tribute” for virtually no fee.
      >
      > * Rosie O’Donnell
      > * Bill Cosby
      > * Peter and Paul (of Peter Paul & Mary), as Mary was in recovery
      > from a back operation), singing with….
      > * Elmo from Sesame Street (Kevin Clash, Elmo’s creator, who makes a
      > rare appearance to thank his special mentor/teacher)
      > * Judy Collins
      > * Tom Paxton (Peter and Paul sing “The Marvelous Toy” with Tom)
      > * Odetta
      > * Tim McCarver (Sports anchor at Fox News)
      > * Steve Seskin (the co-writer of the song, “Don’t laugh at Me”, the
      > anthem of the school violence prevention movement)
      > * Bethany Yarrow and Rufus (Peter Yarrow’s daughter, with Rufus,
      > both committed educational advocates)
      > * Baby Jay (a Hispanic positive teen rapper from Houston)
      > * Christine Evans (a 16 year old, wonderfully gifted,
      > Canadian/American singer and educational advocate)
      >
      >The broadcast of “A Tribute to the Teachers of America” in your area
      >will serve as a prelude to further school-based activities that can help
      >transform and improve your school’s climate to one of appreciation and
      >respect, if you, your colleagues and your school leadership decide to
      >avail yourselves of the FREE DVD of “Tribute” and the “Tribute” Teachers
      >Guide.
      >
      >
      >The primary purpose of “Tribute”
      >
      >We all know that in today’s world teachers are singled out and unfairly
      >blamed for the problems and challenges in our schools today. Yet
      >teachers work tirelessly and selflessly to inspire, nurture and educate
      >their students, with little thanks or acknowledgment.. “Tribute” can
      >help to restore respect for teachers in schools, and in our broader
      >society, and receive the respect they richly deserve.
      >
      >“Tribute” can also help galvanize efforts to make schools places of
      >greater warmth, welcome, safety and respect. Below, you will read how
      >this might be accomplished.
      >
      >
      >A remarkable show
      >
      >“Tribute” is a first! It is an unscripted celebration of appreciation
      >for teachers by famous musical performers and presenters. The performers
      >speak from their hearts, and the teachers that are honored on stage are
      >clearly moved, sometimes to tears, by the outpouring of gratitude from
      >their former students.
      >
      >
      >How “Tribute” affects those who view it on PBS
      >
      > “Tribute” communicates a vital message to educators, students, and
      >virtually everyone who watches it. Viewers see famous personages paying
      >homage to their teachers, affirming the importance of America’s “every
      >day heroes;” the teachers who strive to shape our children’s path,
      >imparting to them the skills, the knowledge, the guidance, the
      >confidence, and the inspiration to be success and productive citizens,
      >and do their best in life.
      >
      >
      >The tragic reality about school climate and how an alienated, unsafe,
      >school climate relates to schools’ failing.
      >
      >Truly, what we all want for our children is for them to grow up feeling
      >cared for, valued and appreciated for who they are, intrinsically.
      >However, for this to be the case, schools need to be safe and
      >violence-free or all of a school’s efforts meant to accelerate academic
      >achievement will be, at best, marginally successful.
      >
      >Far too many of our schools are plagued by a culture of disrespect,
      >ridicule, and bullying.
      >
      >The statistics are daunting. According to the American Association of
      >School Psychologists approximately 160,000 students stay home from
      >school each day to escape from what they experience as cruel and painful
      >abuse by their peers. This abuse leads to youth suicide, a top three
      >leading cause of teenage death, and childhood depression from peer
      >hostility is at epidemic proportions.
      >
      >
      >How we intend to use “Tribute” in schools and couple it with a Teacher’s
      >Guide to engender a spirit of appreciation and respect.
      >
      >As we complete the process of obtaining permission from the performers
      >and presenters of “Tribute” for the use of their performances in the
      >“Tribute DVD”, we are designing a school-based follow-up to the local
      >PBS broadcasts of “Tribute.” In the next few months, a nation-wide
      >rollout of the DVD, specially re-edited for use in classrooms and
      >schools, will be distributed along with a “Tribute” Teacher’s Guide.
      >Both will be made available, FREE, through the generosity of the Mc-Graw
      >Hill Companies.
      >
      >Through the “Tribute’s materials, students will engage in discussions
      >and activities relating to how they might show appreciation for their
      >teachers, following the example of the performers and presenters of
      >“Tribute”.
      >
      >
      >The “Tribute” classroom guide will be designed to:
      >
      > * help students create school assemblies patterned after Tribute,
      > utilizing student songs, stories, poems, skits and spoken tributes.
      > * engage students in service activities and projects -- acts of
      > appreciation for their teachers, schools and communities
      > * encourage students to share personal writings, songs and paintings
      > and other tributes in the ordinary course of their school year.
      > * encourage educators and schools to call attention to such
      > tributes, thereby honoring students who make them.
      > * help to energize schools with the enthusiastic and warm spirit of
      > “Tribute”
      > * encourage adoption of programs such as the FREE “Don’t Laugh At
      > Me” Program – in this case free of charge and ordered through the
      > website www.operationrespect.org
      > <http://www.operationrespect.org>. DLAM is one of many programs
      > and tools that can be utilized to underscore and continue the
      > inspiration of “Tribute”.
      >
      >
      >Acknowledgments and Thanks
      >
      >It is important to acknowledge not only the generous and skillful work
      >of the UFT and WNET/ Thirteen in creating “Tribute”, but also to
      >acknowledge the crucial support we are receiving from Dr. Charlotte
      >Frank, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at McGraw-Hill
      >Education who, through her advocacies, has engaged the McGraw-Hill
      >Companies in the effort to provide the follow-up classroom-based
      >materials of “Tribute” for free to teachers and schools everywhere.
      >
      >
      >Our Request:
      >
      >FIRST: Please do all you can to alert others to the upcoming broadcast
      >of “Tribute” in your area. (We can provide a list of broadcasts in other
      >areas, if you are interested.) Please inform your colleagues and the
      >members of your union, any educational or other organizations with which
      >you are affiliated, as well as your circle of allies and friends of the
      >local broadcast date and time.
      >
      >SECOND: For further information regarding the free dissemination of
      >“Tribute” by the McGraw-Hill Companies, please contact Elizabeth Kolodny
      >at ekolodny@... <mailto:ekolodny@...>
      >or call her office at 212-904-3616.
      >
      >Good luck in your efforts to help increase viewership for these
      >broadcasts. Your help will pave the way for follow-through of the PBS
      >broadcasts in your areas’ schools. Last, let us thank you for being
      >advocates for education, educators and, most of all, for our children.
      >
      >
      >We send collegial and warmest regards,
      >
      >
      >Peter Yarrow, and the many other folks who created the “Tribute to the
      >Teachers of America”
      >
      >
      >SAN FRANCISCO BROADCAST OF “A Tribute to the Teachers of America”
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      >San Francisco, KQED - Saturday, 1/12/08 at 6:00pm
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      >KQED, Inc.
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      >San Francisco, CA 94110
      >
      >415-553-2822
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