Teach the Teachers

    Virtual Professional Development

    Our new virtual Teach the Teachers professional development series has already served dozens of classrooms around the globe and reached over 90 educators from 9 different countries and 11 U.S. states, including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

    Join us for four more professional development webinars throughout the 2020-21 school year:

    October 21, 2020: You Are What You Watch: Fostering Empathy Among Students with Documentary
    December 9, 2020: Promoting Media Literacy in a Documentary Age
    February 17, 2021: Using Documentary to Freshen Up Stale Concepts
    May 12, 2021: How Documentaries Unlock Windows to a Larger World

    All webinars are scheduled for 3–5 PM (EST). Register to attend one or all sessions today!


    Turn On, Tune In, and Engage:
    How to Use Documentary in the Classroom

    In this digital professional development – led by Davis Harper, a teacher at Hillside New Tech, with help from alumni of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Teach the Teachers professional development program – teachers will learn some simple but effective tactics for incorporating documentary into their curriculum, no matter your subject or grade level. Many students are already watching these docs on Netflix or Hulu, so why not adapt their interests to fit our own – and teach them how to actively engage with documentary in the process? 

    A pdf from the webinar’s chat box can be found here.

    About Teach the Teachers

    Applications for the 2021 Teach the Teachers program at next year’s festival will open early next year.

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

    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.

    For questions, please contact education@fullframefest.org or 919.433.4100.

    Teach the Teachers is generously supported by Alan Teasley and the Michael Hershfield and Susan Rosenthal Family Fund.

    Support the Teach the Teachers program and educators in Durham with a tax-deductible donation today:

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