LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waiting for "Superman": How We Can Save America's Failing Schools (PublicAffairs, 9/14)–the companion book to the highly-acclaimed documentary—is already #3 on The New York Times Best Seller list for paperback "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous" titles. An inspiring call for reform that includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas, and hands-on suggestions for improving our nation's schools, each copy of the book includes a $15 DonorsChoose.org gift card that can be applied towards any of hundreds of classroom projects.
Jim Berk, Participant Media CEO said, "The fact that the Waiting for ‘Superman’ book has achieved best-seller status is a clear indication that audiences have been inspired by the film's themes to go even further and engage with Participant's Social Action Campaign, where we take the film off the screen into other media platforms and local communities offering opportunities to take action. And the DonorsChoose.org gift card makes it possible for purchasers to pass along the amount they spend on the book to a project for a classroom in need."
"The combination of a book inspired by such a powerful film with the DonorsChoose gift card has galvanized booksellers. Many of our retail partners, including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Target as well as many independent booksellers have featured the book to great effect," added Susan Weinberg, Publisher, PublicAffairs.
The book offers powerful insights from educational innovators featured in the film including Bill Gates, Harlem Children’s Zone Founder Geoffrey Canada, DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and American Federation of Teachers Head Randi Weingarten, as well as the film's director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. This is an essential guide to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing America’s schools.
About WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”
From AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH director Davis Guggenheim comes WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN,” a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories—from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system. Tackling such politically radioactive topics as the power of teachers’ unions and the entrenchment of school bureaucracies, Guggenheim reveals the invisible forces that have held true education reform back for decades.
The film is produced by Lesley Chilcott, with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.
PublicAffairs is a member of the Perseus Books Group. The Perseus Books Group was created with the belief that works of literary fiction and serious nonfiction are both necessary and desirable and that an innovative and aggressive new model of publishing can fill a void in today's marketplace and allow works of quality to be published both profitably and well. Devoted entirely to supporting and fostering such works, each Perseus Books Group member is editorially independent and individually focused, and all are committed to publishing books that matter.
DonorsChoose.org is an online nonprofit that enables anyone to connect to a public school classroom in a personal and direct way. Launched out of a Bronx high school in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has been profiled as “the future of philanthropy” by The New York Times and as “a revolutionary charity” by Oprah Winfrey. On DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. In the past ten years of operation, residents of 50 states and 10 countries have funded 88,926 student projects, channeling more than $54.3 million in resources to 3,323,384 students.
About Participant Media
Participant Media (participantmedia.com) is a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company specializing in socially-relevant documentary and non-documentary feature films, television, publishing and digital media. Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs, which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant’s online Social Action Network is TakePart (takepart.com).
Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President.
Participant's films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Darfur Now, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, The Visitor, The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Informant!, The Cove, The Crazies, Oceans, Countdown to Zero, Waiting for "Superman” and Fair Game.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
About Walden Media
Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family. Past award-winning films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Upcoming films include the third installment in the Narnia series “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”