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As part of CPB's American Graduate initiative, Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman takes an in-depth look at nationwide efforts toward ending America's dropout crisis. This new one-hour HD documentary is A Matter of Leadership (link to YouTube). Success stories from schools across the country are highlighted, with a focus on the core components that have proven highly effective in addressing the crisis, middle school intervention and innovative leadership training. The Bush Institute believes leadership makes a difference in successful schools. By networking innovative training sites across the country, the Institute's Alliance to Reform Education Leadership changes the paradigm by which principals are recruited, selected, prepared, certified, empowered, compensated, supported and evaluated. The Bush Institute also believes middle school to be the critical intervention point to keep students on the path to high school graduation. The Institute's Middle School Matters program integrates research based strategies and support tools to assess leadership, effective teaching methods, achievement, academic data and dropout prevention programs to overhaul the traditional middle school model. To catch this documentary on your local channel, refer to the air times below, with the prime time premier tonight at 9 PM on WHUT Friday, April 6 at 9 PM on WHUT Howard University Television Wednesday, April 11 at 7 PM on KBDI Denver Thursday April 12 at 9 PM on WHRO Norfolk, VA Thursday April 12 at 9 PM on PBS Mississippi Friday April 13 at 10 PM on KENW Amarillo Thursday April 19 at 7 PM on PBS West Virginia Saturday April 28 at 5 PM on PBS Iowa Sunday, April 29 at 8 PM on WEDU Tampa
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio