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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/19/2011

StoryCorps plans to interview hundreds of American teachers

StoryCorps, the national oral history initiative, announced Monday a new program to interview hundreds of American teachers.

During the current 2011-2012 school year, StoryCorps will capture the joys and challenges of public school teachers in a new project called The National Teachers Initiative. The goal is to record the stories of at least 625 teachers with the teachers paired with someone who has shared part of their experience. The conversation could be with another teacher, a student or a former student.
In Springfield, Va. Samuel Bliss, 5, wipes a tear on his first day of kindergarten at Orange Hunt Elementary School. His kindergarten teacher, Katy Trinh is seen at right. (Photo by Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

“Every day teachers all across the country are igniting curiosity, inspiring passions and opening doors for our children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The program kicked-off Monday in Washington.

Since its launch in 2003 StoryCorps has recorded 70,000 people with emphasis on September 11, African American experiences. Latino life and motherhood. Eventually all the interviews are collected at the Library of Congress in the American Folklife Center.

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