"My Future My
Plan" Curriculum Featured on Oprah Winfrey Show Monday October
from the National Center on Secondary Education and
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We have just
been informed that the new My Future My Plan Curriculum
developed by the National Center on Secondary Education and
Transition (NCSET) and State of the Art, Inc. will be profiled
on Oprah this coming Monday October 20th, 2003. It will be
included as one segment that is part of a show on the larger
issue of discrimination.
We would like to share this information with as many people as
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information with them.
WHEN IS IT?
To find out more about when the Oprah Winfrey show will be
aired in your area Monday night, go to
and select your state.
HOW CAN I GET THE CURRICULUM?
NCSET is the lead distributor for this curriculum.
Information and order forms are now available on the NCSET Web
http://www.ncset.org/publications/mfmp.asp. We will
have a curriculum preview available in the near future on this
page which will provide more extensive information on My Future
WHAT IS IN THE CURRICULUM?
The curriculum includes a Teacher/Parent Guide, A Student
Notebook, and a videotape. The cost for the package is
$65. The cost for the video tape only is $25.
For more information on the contents of the curriculum, visit
the official My Future My Plan Web site at
We are thrilled about the opportunity to have this profiled to a
national and perhaps international audience. We hope you will
have a chance to watch the show!
REMINDER WEB ADDRESSES
Oprah Winfrey Web Site - When and Where is Oprah On
NCSET Web Site - Overview and Order Form
My Future My Plan Web Site
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM FEATURED ON THE OPRAH SHOW:
Gerardine Wurzburg, Academy Award winning producer and director,
will appear on Oprah, Monday, October 20, 2003. Monday’s program
addresses the issue of discrimination towards individuals with
disabilities. Wurzburg, president and owner of State of the Art,
Inc., is known for producing and directing documentaries about
current topics and trends in education, health, social justice
and contemporary history.
Wurzburg talks with Oprah about her documentary “Graduating
Peter,” the follow-up to her Oscar winning 1992, HBO special
“Educating Peter.” Oprah shows clips from both films. Both films
chronicle the journey of Peter Gwazdauskas, a young man with
Down syndrome, one of the first students with severe
disabilities to attend classes at his southern Virginia
elementary school. Oprah openly discusses discrimination with
the Gwazdauskas family and Wurzburg.
Excerpt from Oprah
Oprah: Why did you want to go inside Peter's life?
Gerry Wurzburg, the filmmaker: At the time we started
filming Peter, it was very unusual for a kid like Peter to be
fully included in a regular classroom. Frankly, no one knew what
that would be like. As it turned out, for the first, time Peter
Oprah highlights Peter’s progress, from when he first starts as
an atypical third grader, in a typical classroom. Peter’s story
is full of challenges: the films are comprised of scenes that
show him confronting depression, loneliness and the limitations
of his disability—deficient speech and communication skills, and
dismissive attitudes and lack of respect. They also show Peter
making social strides, gaining acceptance from his peers. Oprah
extends her gratitude for those on the frontlines fighting for
Peter’s rights, especially his mother Judy, who has been engaged
in constant battle to build the best future for her son.
After graduating high school with a Certificate of Attendance,
Peter, like many others with disabilities, continues to face
great challenges, when it comes to planning the life they want
after high school. Wurzburg has continued her passion of helping
those with disabilities, by creating a Transition Planning
resource for life after high school. My Future My Plan is a
video based curriculum that includes a video, video discussion
guide, and a planning and resource notebook for students, and a
guide to the notebook for family members and teachers. This
curriculum is designed to inform students with disabilities and
their families about the transition planning process and
encourage them to use this process to achieve their goals for
life after high school. My Future My Plan was funded by the
Department of Education and the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development.
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