Webinar for Educators


    Please find a copy of Ashley’s presentation here – Docs in the Classroom- Activating Critical Thinking through Documentary Film


    “Integrating documentary film into my classroom transformed my practice as an educator. Documentary film builds bridges to literacy and critical thinking skills for students in ways standard text-based materials just can’t do. As teachers, if we change our perspective to see documentary film as a sort of ‘live text’ rather than just “watching a movie in class,” we get to engage students in new ways of thinking about the world around them. I look forward to sharing my passion for this powerful teaching tool with educators on November 2nd.” – Ashley Solesbee, Full Frame education coordinator


    What: “Docs in the Classroom: Activate Critical Thinking Through Documentary Film”
    Where: Full Frame YouTube Channel
    Who: Led by Full Frame education coordinator Ashley Solesbee, in partnership with PBS’ POV


    On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 4 p.m. ET, educators from across the country joined a live streamed training session from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and PBS’ POV series, television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Full Frame education coordinator and Durham public school teacher Ashley Solesbee featured the proven instructional approach from Full Frame’s Teach the Teachers program using POV’s in-depth educator resources. The award-winning documentary Brooklyn Castle by Katie Dellamaggiore was used as a model for applying these methods, and the accompanying POV materials provided valuable assets for teachers to use in the classroom.

    Teach the Teachers, a free program for public school educators, applies principles from John Golden’s Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts. Solesbee is a former participant in the program. In the webinar, she draws from her personal experiences as a teacher, illustrating how the use of documentary film in the classroom transformed her practice as an educator.




    Resources for educators: 
    2017 Blank Viewing Guide Template
    2017 Viewing Guide – Brooklyn Castle