Teach the Teachers

Teach the Teachers is open to any middle or high school instructor within the Durham Public School system.

Applications for the 2017 Teach the Teachers program are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application status during early March.

The program will take place on the following dates:
March 20: Pre-festival meeting (afternoon)
April 6 – 9: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
TBD (mid-April): Post-festival meeting (afternoon)

Studies show that documentaries are often used in class as a time when teachers disengage from students, rather than as opportunities to teach valuable literacy skills. Since 2011, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has run the enormously successful free documentary literacy program Teach the Teachers, which allows six Durham educators to attend the festival free of charge. These education professionals watch and discuss films, learn to use documentary to facilitate a deeper understanding of curriculum, and apply the principles set forth in John Golden’s book Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts (National Council of Teachers of English, 2006).

Each teacher receives educational credit for completed work, and the cost of their substitutes is provided by Full Frame to place as little financial burden on the schools as possible. Many participating teachers utilize these new skills by creating lesson plans for our annual free Youth Screening in November. We are thrilled at the synergy these two programs provide educators and our local schools.

For questions, please contact Suzanne Spignesi at suzanne.spignesi@fullframefest.org or 919.433.9804.

The 2016 Teach the Teachers program is made possible with generous support from Alan Teasley.

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