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October 2020

Teach the Teachers | You Are What You Watch: Fostering Empathy in Students through Documentary

October 21, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

In this session, the facilitator and participants will delve deeper into the ways in which documentary can be used as a tool to foster student empathy. The facilitator and supporting educators will share their experiences in using documentary – with its predominant focus on individuals and specific historical moments rather than themes or broad strokes – to offer students a different perspective than they might find in textbooks, novels, internet resources, or other resources. Participating teachers will then have a…

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December 2020

Teach the Teachers | Between Truth & Reality: Promoting Media Literacy in the Documentary Age

December 9, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Now more than ever, it’s vital that students be able to parse fiction from reality, whether it be what they see on the news, social media and on streaming networks. However, many students struggle to do so, even as teachers incorporate specific media literacy components into their curriculum. Part of that is because real media literacy is being able to delineate simple fact from fiction, but also the harder challenge of separating truth from reality. In this session, the facilitator…

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February 2021

Teach the Teachers | As Good As New: Using Documentary to Freshen Up Stale Concepts

February 17, 2021, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

We are in the golden age of documentary. Many students have seen them, on YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming services, often without even having the medium categorized and defined for them as such. As school-aged children consume more and more streaming content, transferring documentary content to the classroom setting is a natural transition. Even more natural, in many cases, than a textbook, research article, or news report. In addition to the video format being more accessible, documentary – with its…

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May 2021

Teach the Teachers | Film Trip: How Documentaries Build Bridges to a Larger World

May 12, 2021, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

In these times of tightened school budgets, it’s very difficult to plan and execute a field trip for students. And while documentaries will never be a replacement for the authentic experience of a field trip, they can, like the best films, transport students to a place and time far away from the modern classroom. Not only that, but documentaries, with their frequent focus on personal stories, and often stories of people of color or everyday folks who may be left…

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