PBS Documentaries

  • Across The River
  • Campaign Finance: Abuses and Reform
  • Challenge to America
  • Critical Condition
  • Duke Ellington’s Washington
  • High Tech Jobs – School to Work
  • Juggling Work and Family
  • Making Schools Work
  • Pathways to Success
  • Rediscovering Dave Brubeck
  • Seeking Solutions
  • Surviving the Bottom Line
  • The Greening of the Class of ’94
  • The People and The Power Game
  • Making Schools Work

    MAKING SCHOOLS WORK with Hedrick Smith is a two-hour prime-time PBS special that originally aired nationwide on Oct. 5, 2005 from 9:00-11:00 pm. The program profiles several different approaches to individual school reform at the elementary, middle and high school levels and in different regions, as well as district-wide reforms in three major American cities. All are examples of effective school reform with proven academic gains, at scale and over several years. Here is the line-up:

    Hour One – Four individual school reform models with excellent results and diversity of approach: Success for All; Comer School Development Program; KIPP: Knowledge is Power Program; and High Schools That Work.

    Hour Two – Three examples of district-wide reform: Charlotte-Mecklenburg; former District 2 in New York City, now a part of the much larger citywide school district; and San Diego.

    Academic experts comment on gains and shortfalls of various reform strategies. Our list of experts include Michael Casserly from Council of the Great City Schools, Kati Haycock from The Education Trust, Warren Simmons of the Annenberg Institute of School Reform at Brown University, Steve Fleischman from American Institutes for Research, and Lauren Resnick from the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.

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    MAKING SCHOOLS WORK with Hedrick Smith
    South Carolina Educational Television and
    Hedrick Smith Productions