Alameda on TV: Nea Community Learning Center class to be featured on PBS NewsHour
David Maduli has been following the revolution in Egypt with his 9th grade English class at Nea Community Learning Center, and his students have been preparing to debate the issue. Today, that discussion will go live as part of a broader discussion on PBS NewsHour’s website.
At 11 a.m. today, NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will moderate a discussion featuring Maduli and other educators from across the country offering background and context on the situation in Egypt. Aimed at educators, the discussion will offer media resources and lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom.
“I believe it is an extremely teachable moment,” Maduli said Monday. “History is unfolding now and young people in Egypt have been very involved.”
Maduli learned of the opportunity through work he’s done with Independent Television Service (ITVS), which is co-producing tomorrow’s chat with PBS NewsHour. The veteran teacher, who spent nine years teaching literature, language arts and social studies at Chipman Middle School before moving over to Nea in 2009, also serves as an education consultant for KQED and ITVS and wrote the educator guides for Shayfeen.com, a documentary film featured on ITVS’s website as part of its Egypt & Democracy materials.
“ITVS was looking for teachers who address current events in their curricula so it was a natural fit,” Maduli said.
Participants in today’s discussion will include Jessica Elsayed, a teen correspondent based in Alexandria, Egypt who Maduli said has been blogging about her experiences with the recent protests.
“We all have a lot of questions about what will happen next and hope to get some insight tomorrow,” he said.