Continuing its series of events exploring the nation’s most pressing issues, on November 10 The Atlantic will host its inaugural K-12 Education Forum. Held at the Gallup Building’s Great Hall, the morning-long dialogue examines the future of American education, Kindergarten through 12th grade and will feature a keynote discussion of the acclaimed education documentary The Lottery. The discussion will include clips and an interview with director Madeleine Sackler and a family featured in the film…

“The topic of school performance is top of mind not just with parents but also for the country’s leaders across the public and private sector as a key driver of American competitiveness,” said Elizabeth Baker Keffer, President, Atlantic Live. “We’re pleased to gather some of the field’s top minds to dive deep into some of the core issues facing K-12 education.”

The director of the award winning documentary Madeleine Sackler was excited about the opportunity to have her film be a part of the movement towards better education:

“I am excited to be participating in The Atlantic’s K-12 Education Forum which will offer insight into the issues facing our schools and give parents a voice… As you see in The Lottery, we now know it is possible to educate children from any neighborhood at high levels. The question is now, are we going to do whatever it takes?”

The Atlantic will broadcast the panel live.

Official Synopsis:

In a country where 58 percent of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future.

Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held (Brüno, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Children Underground), The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

Have you seen “The Lottery”?