Macaulay Honors College Students Volunteer at WNET.ORG’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning

For the third year in a row, students from the Macaulay Honors College will join students from Hostos Community College in the Bronx and Medgar Evers Community College in Brooklyn to volunteer their time and help ensure that THIRTEEN & WLIW21’s fifth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning is a success.

On March 5-6, New York’s flagship public television stations will host over 8,500 educators, global experts, activists, academics, artists and thinkers in New York City at the Hilton New York.  Educators will be inspired by panel discussions, keynote addresses and hands-on workshops in subject areas including English Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Social Studies and Whole School Policies.  Student volunteers will help to escort speakers, give directions, run a merchandise booth and monitor breakout sessions. The student assistance is part of a larger partnership initiated by Friends of Thirteen, Inc. and the Macaulay Honors College to increase college student involvement with public broadcasting.

This year’s Celebration was kicked off by the lighting of the Empire State Building Thursday night in the Celebration’s trademark colors of yellow, blue and red, and serve as the marquee event of New York City’s first annual “New York Celebrates Teaching & Learning Week,” as proclaimed by Mayor Bloomberg.

The 2010 Celebration continues in its tradition to bring unprecedented talent from across the globe with U.S. Secretary of Education ARNE DUNCAN who is addressing educators before being joined by The Honorable RICHARD W. RILEY for a rare and candid conversation; CEO of The Jim Henson Company LISA HENSON; Host of NBC’s Meet the Press  DAVID GREGORY; ten-time Grammy Award winning composer, vocalist and conductor BOBBY MCFERRIN; musician and television & film actress QUEEN LATIFAH, who is appearing with an outstanding group of urban high school students; international public servant HER MAJESTY QUEEN NOOR; “the science guy” from the Ellen DeGeneres Show STEVE SPANGLER; acclaimed author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature KATHERINE PATERSON; along with education leaders DAVID STEINER, DIANE RAVITCH, and JIM SIMONS.

The Celebration also includes an extensive exhibit hall featuring the latest in educational tools as well as the event’s first-ever social media room where attendees will gather to utilize their social networks and exchange ideas.

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Sponsorship support is from Founding Sponsor: Chase; Premier Sponsors: Adobe Youth Voices, The American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), National Education Association (NEA), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), SMART Technologies/Tequipment, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Verizon Thinkfinity, Walden University; Major Sponsors: The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and Executive Leadership Institute (CSA/ELI), DELL, Inc., Educational Testing Service (ETS), Fordham University Graduate School of Education, Friends of Thirteen, Hilton New York, The McGraw-Hill Companies, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Pearson Education; Presenting Sponsors: Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Cisco, Hofstra University; Event Sponsors: Barnes & Noble, The College Board, EmblemHealth, New York State School Administrators Consortium (NYSSAC), Teachers College, Columbia University, William Paterson University; and Media Sponsor: Education Week.


New York public media company WNET.ORG is a pioneering provider of television and web content.  The parent of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET.ORG brings such acclaimed broadcast series and Web sites as Worldfocus, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Visions, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Wild Chronicles, Miffy and Friends, and Cyberchase to national and international audiences.  Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET.ORG serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects.  In all that it does, WNET.ORG pursues a single, overarching goal – to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world.  For more information, visit

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for engaged and motivated students, who come from all parts of New York and around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration.

Macaulay Honors College Press Contact:
Rich Dikeman, Director of Communications
(212) 729-2928

Event Press Contact: Anne Sparkman
(973) 476-5768