Ted Talks Education

(Rochester, New York) -- TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and WNET, in partnership with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), present TED’s first-ever original television special this spring, featuring content created and curated exclusively for the show. TED Talks Education, premiering Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, features a mix of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. The special was taped before a live audience on April 4, 2013 in the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater of New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

TED Talks Education is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a nationwide public media initiative made possible by CPB to help communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.  The local broadcast is supported in part by Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

Musical performer and education advocate John Legend has been tapped to host TED Talks Education, as well as deliver a TED Talk as part of the program. Other speakers include:

  • Pearl Arredondo, Educator and advocate
  • Geoffrey Canada, Educator, social advocate and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Bill Gates, Technologist and philanthropist
  • Malcolm London, Poet, teacher and advocate
  • Ramsey Musallam, Educator and advocate
  • Rita F. Pierson, Ed.D, Education and anti-poverty advocate
  • Sir Ken Robinson, Social activist, educator and most-watched TED Talk speaker on TED.com

The program will also feature three short films profiling high school students with remarkable stories. The documentaries will be produced by two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Tony Gerber and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MacArthur Genius Award-recipient Lynn Nottage.



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