BU School of Education to Host Private Screening of Waiting for Superman

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University School of Education (SED) is hosting a screening of Waiting for Superman, an acclaimed documentary from Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim. The filmmaker takes an in-depth look at the current state of public education in the United States, spotlighting the lives of five public school students and several educators in their pursuit of academic growth. The screening is open to SED students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Event Details
Waiting for Superman Private Screening
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, screening at 7:30 PM
Location: Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Admission: Private
Contact: Office of Student Services, 617-353-4233, sedstu@bu.edu

SED Director of Student Services, Jacqueline Boyle said, “SED students felt strongly about screening this film as a community. It appears that Guggenheim’s exhaustive review of what the American education system has become is of interest to our students and we needed give them an opportunity to see it for themselves.”

“I’m glad SED got behind this event,” said SED Graduate Student and screening organizer Andrew Barlow. “The film addresses important issues that we face as future educators and also addresses hot topics in this year’s elections.”

Established in 1918, Boston University’s School of Education serves a diverse student body of 400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students, 112 of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees. It has 52 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty, and 40 staff members. In addition to a significant focus on preparing education professionals, the school is regarded highly for programs in the fields of literacy, mathematics education, deaf studies, international educational development, special education and science education. It is further distinguished by its productive partnerships with local school districts, most notably with Chelsea and Boston.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.