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High School - Documenting a Philadelphia High School
HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on "facts" but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a…
To Be and To Have - The Successes of a Small School in Rural France
The one-room schoolhouse, where one teacher instructs several grades at once, is generally regarded a quaint thing of the past and a symbol of obsolete and ineffective teaching methods. However, TO BE AND TO HAVE offers an in-depth look at…
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
Certain Proof - Students with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Public Schools
With an introduction by Academy-Award winning actor, Chris Cooper, this feature-length documentary is about three children living with significant communication and physical disabilities struggling against the public schools in an emotional battle to prove their worth. Over the course of…
The Trouble With Being Human These Days - The Life and Work of Professor Zygmunt Bauman
We live in a world which no longer questions itself, which lives from one day to another managing successive crises, without knowing where it is going and without trying to plan the itinerary'. It is only now that we are…
High School II - A Successful Alternative High School in New York
HIGH SCHOOL II is a film about Central Park East Secondary School, a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem, 85-95% of whose graduates go on to four year colleges. The film illustrates the school's emphasis on the…
Living Thinkers - An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
This documentary examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today. Through their diverse narratives, from girlhood to the present, Black women from different disciplines share experiences that…
American Teacher
As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school-based factor in a child's future…
Maestra - The Women of Cuba's National Literacy Campaign
In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country's National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under 18. More than half were women. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize…
PS Dance! Dance Education in Public Schools
PS DANCE!, two years in the making, interviews 16 kids and captures more than 100 students, who joyfully share the influence of dance on their daily learning. Created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and…
A Chance to Dress - The Complexity of Gender Expression
A Chance To Dress explores the complexity of gender expression through the story of MIT Professor Emeritus and open cross dresser Dr. John "Tephra" Southard. The film follows the difficulties in coming out to his friends, neighbors and colleagues, but…
The First Year - Following Five Young Teachers
Winner of numerous festival awards including the prestigious Peabody, this powerful and moving film is a "must-see" for anyone who is, or has ever thought of, becoming a parent or teacher. The film chronicles the first year of five young…
Touch of Greatness - A Portrait of a Maverick Teacher
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox…
Valuing Lives - Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization
A film documenting the social paradigm shift triggered by Wolf Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who, in the early 1970s, popularized and expanded the principle of normalization of people with disabilities into a framework for community inclusion. Through archival…
Eating: A Way to International Understanding - Japan
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Japan's society is changing--increasing numbers of foreigners want to live and work in this country, which has a strong monoculture. Therefore tolerance of other nationalities has become an important issue, and in order to foster international understanding, third grade primary…
The Cartoon Classroom - Korea
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Teacher Choi Young-Jae thinks that children only like going to school if they know it's going to be interesting. His aim is to make school irresistible to them. Choi's teaching techniques, in a middle-class elementary school outside of Seoul, are…
Has Man a Third Hand - Poland
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Ryszard Lukaszewicz has come back to teach elementary school after a successful academic career and as author of a pre-school education program. He has established his own school in Kalisz (one of the oldest towns in Poland), which focuses on…
Grading the Teachers - An Exploration into Teacher Evaluation
School districts around the country are working to find meaningful ways to address the challenging issue of teacher evaluations. Can a good and fair system be designed to measure teacher effectiveness? Can it be developed so that it becomes a…
Nature is a Great Teacher - Canada and Finland
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
In Rachel Huneault's combined Year 6/7 class, traditional teaching methods are combined with technology. To complement her outdoor lessons on environmental issues, Rachel has designed a program that allows her students to use an interactive telecommunications network that links 27…
What is Peace - Australia
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Stefanie Lawrence uses a personal approach to investigate topics of conflict and peace in her combined Year 3/4 primary school class. With parental approval, she has introduced an innovative, personal growth program in which the students' experiences are often the…