Central Florida Educators screen 'The Bad Kids'

Posted by Catherine Hiles on

WUCF TV, in partnership with the Children’s Cabinet of Orange County, hosted a Lunch & Learn screening for “The Bad Kids” on March 15. The event welcomed over 50 education, pre-service teachers and youth-service personnel for an exclusive preview of the film before it airs on PBS stations nationwide. 

“The Bad Kids” follows a group of extraordinary educators who believe that, more than academics, it is love, empathy and life skills that give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”

Following the film, attendees heard from local experts working with at-risk students in Central Florida, including:


Danielle Barbato
Juvenile Division Chief
Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit

George Morse
Acceleration West (OCPS)

Terra L. Harris
Executive Director
PACE Center for Girls, Orange

Kate York
Staff Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Program
Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc.

As a follow up to the event, WUCF, PBS and Independent Lens are proud to provide additional resources and learning opportunities for “The Bad Kids”:

Educator Toolkit
This Toolkit is developed for education professionals, especially those working with students who are at risk of not graduating high school. 

The Bad Kids Educator Webinar
Join Independent Lens and Principal Vonda Viland for a deep dive into into understanding the needs of at-risk students, and to learn about proven practices and resources for creating safe and inclusive environments that support students' success.

In this professional development webinar, Principal Viland from Black Rock High School will provide educators, administrators, and social service providers with the lessons learned from these so-called "bad kids" that will inspire new approaches and perspectives on supporting students in meeting graduation goals and developing critical-life skills. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017; 7 - 8pm ET
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/TBKwebinar


Online Social Screening for Teachers & Students
Join us for a live discussion with the filmmakers and subjects of "The Bad Kids" on the intractable problem of generational poverty and how public education can better support all students in our nation's schools. The online event will also feature clips from the film as well as excerpts from a panel discussion on the subject.

 RSVP: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/v124f


Twitter Chat
Prior to the film's premiere, Community in Schools, Independent Lens, and American Graduate will host a pre-screen Twitter Chat on Monday, March 20, 3-4pm ET. Join in the conversation using #AllinforKids.  


Stream the Film Online
From March 21 - April 19, "The Bad Kids" will be available online for streaming here. 

Watch "The Bad Kids" again on WUCF on March 26 at midnight.

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