Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Documentary Explores Challenges in Local Public Schools - Premiere 5/27

Four community organizations have come together to create Souls of Our
Teachers, a documentary film examining the first-hand experiences,
challenges and insights of public school teachers across the Charlotte

Mecklenburg Ministries, Temple Beth El, Communities in Schools and
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools collaborated on the documentary,
intended to be used as a tool to recruit effective teachers to the
most challenging schools; to inform parents and the community about
the importance of active involvement and support for public education;
and to encourage volunteerism in public schools. The powerful half-
hour documentary was produced by Professional Communications, a
Matthews-based video production company.

"Quality public education is in the best interest of every citizen in
this community," said Dr. Maria Hanlin, Executive Director of
Mecklenburg Ministries. "Our hope is that Souls of Our Teachers will
open Charlotte's eyes to the state of our public schools and encourage
everyone—businesses, faith community and general public—to step up and
get involved."

Based on the success of the award-winning Souls of Our Students
documentary (which was released in 2008 and is being used in local
businesses congregations and schools across the country) this new
video provides an honest look at the teaching challenges and unique
opportunities that exist in urban public school education today.

Charlotte's public television station, WTVI, is the media partner on
the Souls of Our Teachers project.

The film premieres at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 27, at ImaginOn and is
open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are required:
. In August, the DVD with a facilitator's guide will be made
available to businesses, faith communities, PTAs, community
associations and civic organizations.
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Temple Beth El:
Communities in School:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:
Mecklenburg Ministries: