PBS documentary features FWCS administrators - October 16, 2009

Record Number: 5516
Displayed from: Oct 16, 2009 , until: Oct 31, 2009

Four Fort Wayne Community Schools administrators and two FWCS parents are featured in two PBS documentaries that will air on WFWA-39 Sunday, Oct. 25. "The Good That You Do" and "Reading, Writing and Relevance" were produced by PBS station WFYI in Indianapolis to accompany "The Principal Story," an hour-long PBS documentary looking at the day-to-day lives and challenges of today's school principals. "The Principal Story" follows two principals one from Chicago and one from Springfield, Ill. over the course of a school year. All three documentaries were funded by The Wallace Foundation, which has supported FWCS' leadership initiatives for several years. "The Good That You Do" tells the stories of Carolyn Sleet, principal of FWCS' Harris Elementary School, Al Mihajlovits, of Southridge Middle School in Huntingburg, and Joe Preda of Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis. It also includes FWCS Elementary Area Administrator Dan Bickel and Weisser Park Elementary School parent Lantz Mintch, a member of the school's Quality Improvement Team. "Reading, Writing and Relevance" examines the future of Indiana education and explores the recruiting, licensing, mentoring and evaluation of the next generation of school leaders. It features Principal Carolyn Sleet, Area Administrator Dan Bickel, parent Lantz Mintch, FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, Tina Hartman, President of Indiana PTA and FWCS parent, Miami Middle School Principal Hal Stevens and several other educators and elected officials from around the state. "The Principal Story" will air on WFWA-39 at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, followed by "The Good That You Do" at 6 p.m. and "Reading, Writing and Relevance" at 6:30 p.m.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.