Show On Schools Depicts Bright Side Baltimore City

September 08, 1993|By Staff Report

TV viewers will get a look inside Baltimore schools tonight, and they'll see and hear not about dropout rates, teen pregnancy or other ills confronting urban school systems, but about hope and about what works.

"School Works," which will air on WMAR-TV, Channel 2, at 8 p.m., features a wide array of school system programs meant to help children succeed.

The program, with Channel 2's Stan Stovall as host, highlights teacher training in "efficacy," which is designed to raise what is expected of students; a school for handicapped children; and programs to help restore students' confidence.

"School Works" includes interviews with Superintendent Walter G. Amprey, teachers, parents and students.

Dr. Amprey, who just entered his third year at the helm, speaksof new efforts and some continuing ones.

They include decentralizing power by giving more management, budget control and authority to individual schools; curriculum changes emphasizing "character education" and "Afrocentrism"; and a revamped vocational education program stressing marketable skills.

Most important, Dr. Amprey says, the school system and the people in it must change the view of students, expect them to succeed and work to build their self-esteem.

The program, paid for in part by an $18,000 grant from the Abell Foundation, will be rebroadcast Saturday at 1 p.m., and copies will be available to teachers for use in classrooms.

The school system is trying to reach its estimated 110,000

students and their parents in a publicity blitz that includes billboard ads, radio spots and the TV show.

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