FMU AND TIME WARNER CABLE CHANNEL 11 TO AIR TOWN MEETING ON POWERFUL MIDDLE SCHOOLS, TUESDAY (FEB. 15)
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University and Time Warner Cable will broadcast live the latest in a series of monthly satellite town meetings that focus on education issues, Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 8 to 9 p.m.
This month’s program, entitled “Powerful Middle Schools: Teaching and Learning for Young Adolescents," will be broadcast through the facilities of FMU on Time Warner Cable Channel 11. It will also be rebroadcast several times during the week.
Hosted by United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley, this live telecast will examine how educators and community leaders across the country are discovering new ways to shape the middle school experience and creating new learning environments to better influence students' intellectual and personal development.
Research suggests that young adolescents (ages 10-14) experience nearly as much emotional, developmental, and physical changes as children in the first three years of life. Adolescence is also a critical transitional phase in a student's academic development.
The program will focus on what works in high performing middle schools, and includes a look at Barren County Middle School in rural Glasgow, Ky. That institution shares a comprehensive vision of excellence that addresses the developmental and academic needs of each student.
Many middle schools are emphasizing hands-on learning, team concepts, and flexible
schedules and other administrative innovations, as well as strong communities where students are connected to adults. The program will also include discussion of how schools and families can help middle school students begin to get ready for college.
Riley and his guests will discuss what makes the middle grades unique for students, what makes a "high performing" middle school, why it is critical for middle schools to expect high academic standards of all students, and why algebra is such an important indicator of success in middle schools. They will also look at the types of unique professional development experiences middle school educators need, ways that community partnerships can enhance learning for young adolescents, in what ways parents should be involved, and why community service is so important for these grades.
The satellite town meeting, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is a live interactive program about community efforts to improve teaching and learning. The program is produced in partnership with the National Alliance of Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Committee for Economic Development, with support from the Bayer Foundation, Target
Stores, and the Procter & Gamble Fund. Broadcast and cable partners include Discovery Communications, the Public Broadcasting Service, Apple Computers, NASA, and Channel One.