Spotlight Education

September 12 – 17 on ThinkTV16

As a leader in educational media for children and students and a key partner with parents and educators, ThinkTV will air Spotlight Education, a special week of primetime programming examining the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system.

Spotlight Education features a line-up of films and documentaries between September 12-17 and includes special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new film from POV, the premiere of TED TALKS: The Education Revolution, and concludes with the 5th annual American Graduate Day, a special broadcast celebrating individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation.

Spotlight Education also kicks-off a year-long teacher support campaign — “Teach Boldly” — led by PBS and local member stations across the country. The “Teach Boldly” teacher support initiative will include a series of virtual and community training events and the launch of the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge, a creative digital space where teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources they need to enhance their work in the classroom.

Here’s the line-up for Spotlight Education on ThinkTV:

FRONTLINE: A Subprime EducationFRONTLINE: A Subprime Education
September 13 at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the troubled for-profit college industry are examined. Preview:

TED TALKS: The Education RevolutionTED TALKS: The Education Revolution
September 13 at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Innovative approaches to education are explored with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Preview:

NOVA: School of the FutureNOVA: School of the Future
September 14 at 9pm on ThinkTV16
September 20 at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for children. Preview:

Craft in America: TeachersCraft in America: Teachers
September 15 at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Follow artists committed to passing their skills and passions onto new generations. Preview:

Time for SchoolTime for School
September 15 at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Seven adults in different countries are visited after struggling to get a basic education.


POV: All the DifferencePOV: All the Difference
September 16 at 10:30pm on ThinkTV16

Accompany two African-American teens from Chicago on their journey to graduate from college. Preview:

American Graduate DayAmerican Graduate Day
September 17 from 2pm to 6pm on ThinkTV16

Celebrity guests, education experts and students address the country’s dropout crisis.


PBS NewsHourPBS NewsHour
Nightly at 6pm on ThinkTV16

During this special week of programming, PBS NewsHour will broadcast original stories focused on the state of education. The annual “Rethinking College” series takes a critical look at how higher education is evolving to provide a better post-secondary learning experience, especially for people in underserved communities with underrepresented populations.