Greenwood In The Media

Watch the TRAILER for The Address!

National Broadcast of The Address on PBS — Tuesday, April 15 – 9 pm EDT

Award-winning director and producer Ken Burns made a feature-length documentary about Greenwood School students and the annual recitation of The Address. The documentary was released April 15, 2014.

“[W]e have to look no further than the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, to understand why this speech above so many others survives. Each year at the school students are challenged to memorize and then publicly recite the Gettysburg Address. These students, boys 11 to 17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging.”

Go to Ken Burns’ new website, LEARN THE ADDRESS, to watch all the living US Presidents and a host of other celebrities and politicians recite the speech.  The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the grit of Greenwood students and the power of history.  If they can do it, you can do it!  

Media coverage of Ken’s launch and Greenwood has included the following:





Greenwood Advisor Louisa Moats Receives Prestigious Award at Dyslexia Conference

Dr. Louisa Moats, Greenwood’s Academic Program Advisor and member of our Advisory Board, was honored recently at the International Dyslexia Association’s annual conference.  Dr. Moats received the very distinguished Samuel Torrey Orton Award for

  • making a vital contribution to our scientific understanding of dyslexia,
  • significantly enhancing and advancing our capacity to successfully intervene and assist people with dyslexia,
  • expanding national and international awareness of dyslexia, and
  • demonstrating unusual competence and dedication in service to people with dyslexia.

Louisa Moats is a prolific author and has written many influential scientific journal articles, books and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation.  She has been an important mentor and longtime friend to the Greenwood faculty, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved and prestigious honor.

Ken Burns Documents Greenwood School Trip to Gettysburg

Ken Burns and his film crew were along as Greenwood School students embarked on a school trip to Gettysburg Military Park in Gettysburg, PA.  The trip was covered in a recent USAToday story:

The Address, parts of which he filmed Thursday at the Gettysburg National Military Park, is about a Vermont school for boys with learning disabilities who memorize and recite Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, which he gave 150 years ago this November.


Burns said he plans to have the documentary, planned for between 90 minutes and two hours, ready for a sesquicentennial commemoration of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, with a national TV broadcast tentatively planned for next spring, and a challenge for all Americans to learn or relearn it.

The recital of the Gettysburg Address is a central study feature at Greenwood School, a boarding school in southern Vermont for 50 bright and talented boys with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia or attention difficulties.

Burns has been a judge for a decade at the school’s annual address recitals. Film crews for The Address embedded with students on campus for three months as they prepared for the competition in February. On Thursday, Burns bused the entire school to the place where Lincoln famously began with “four score and seven years ago” and ended with tributes to men who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

Read the rest: Ken Burns’ ‘measure of devotion’ for Gettysburg Address (USAToday, May 2, 2013)