Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning, including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. Hosted by John Legend, this special focused solely on education marks the first TED project produced specifically for television.

Learn more about our part in the initiative: WMHT Talks Education.

TED and WNET Produce “TED Talks Education,” One-Hour Original PBS Special originally aired Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. on WMHT.

Hosted by John Legend, with original TED Talks from Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and other leading thinkers in education.

In Collaboration with Public Media’s  “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” Initiative

The special, hosted by musician and education advocate John Legend, was taped before a live audience in the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater of New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and WNET, in partnership with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), co-produced TED’s first-ever original television special this spring, featuring content created and curated exclusively for the show.  The “TED Talks Education” one-hour program featured 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.  

“Re-imagining education is the key to a more hopeful future,” said TED and “TED Talks Education” curator Chris Anderson. “What better time to gather some of the country’s most respected and forward-thinking education advocates, and make this topic the theme of TED’s first-ever original television broadcast special.”

“America’s local public media stations share a deep commitment to educational achievement for all students.  We know that completing high school is a significant step with lifelong impact for the student, his family and the community,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.  “‘TED Talks Education’ brings together thought leaders who know how we can engage, teach and inspire a generation born digital and identify the paths to their school success.” 

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 also featured 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.

“TED Talks Education” is curated by TED’s Chris Anderson and is produced by TED’s Juliet Blake and WNET’s Julie Anderson.
For more information about the special, click here.
To get more information about how American Graduate is involved with TED Talks Education, click here.