Citizens in ten communities across Kentucky will be participating Tuesday evening in discussion groups and viewing a ninety minute movie titled, "American Teacher." The activity is sponsored by a number of advocacy groups, including the Kentucky Association for School Superintendents, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky School Boards Association, and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Organizers say they hope to spur discussion about the importance of placing and retaining excellent teachers in the classroom.
Stu Silberman, the Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, says about a million new teachers are expected to leave the profession in the next two years, while a similar number are expected to leave through retirement. He says the meetings Tuesday evening are designed to "start a conversation" about supporting good teachers.
The meetings will be held from six pm until eight pm, local time at locations across the state, including Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Corbin, Morehead, Paducah, and Louisville. Further information about registration and locations can be obtained on line at www.AmericanTeacherKY.com