November 12, 2013 STAFF/STU

Today: PBS POV Film Screening: “Best Kept Secret”

“Best Kept Secret,” a film by Samantha Buck

At a public school in Newark, N.J., the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.” JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In “Best Kept Secret,” Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system. (90 minutes)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
3:30 p.m.
A202/A203, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

See the trailer here:

What critics are saying:
“As Samantha Buck’s moving documentary makes clear, the secret weapon at the public school for special-needs students is Janet Mino, an inspirational teacher with limitless patience and indefatigable enthusiasm. . . . [The film] inserts the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism.”
(Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times)

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is thrilled to be collaborating with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.

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