Join the Fight for Education Equality
More than half a century has passed since Brown v. Board of Education promised every American child an equal education, but we are tragically far from ensuring every student learns how to read let alone achieves his or her potential.
- TEACHED is... using the power of film to educate the public about the causes and consequences of education inequality in America.
- TEACHED is... inspiring more people to fight for the right of all students to attend a high-quality school.
- TEACHED is... you.
What you can do:
HOST A SCREENING: Organize an event around one or more TEACHED short films to bring people together to discuss education equality in your community and strategies for change.
DONATE: We are an independent, non-profit project. To support our outreach and help us finish the next three films—TEACHED Volume II (now in production!)—please DONATE TODAY. We can't do it without you.
GET INVOLVED:There are many excellent groups fighting for education equality around the nation. See our TAKE ACTION page to link to some of our favorite partners.
Now for the news...
TEACHED teams up with REACT TO FILM for Nationwide Campus Event
React To Film, a non-profit organization that promotes education and advocacy, screened our short film The Path to Prison this month at universities and colleges across the nation, including Stanford, U Michigan, Temple, Princeton, Vassar, Boston University and UC Berkeley, where TEACHED Director Kelly Amis held a Q&A. The Path to Prison was screened with the feature-length documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, produced by actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier and directed by Matthew Cooke.
London and Miami Film Festivals
We are thrilled that The Path to Prison was also featured in two film festivals this month: the Miami Short Film Festival, the only one of its kind in South Florida, and the London Lift-Off Film Festival, which highlights independent filmmakers from around the world. The Path to Prison is the very first film of the TEACHED series because it frames the seriousness of the issues so well, showing the enormous consequences of our failure to teach all students well. We are committed to using this film to help break the under-education/over-incarceration cycle.
TEACH(ED) For America
Several Teach for America (TFA) regional groups have organized screening events recently, including:
TFA New York hosted a screening of The Path to Prison as part of their "What if we..." series. The night included a panel discussion and small group sessions where audience members brainstormed strategies for change. TFA-NYC then worked with Leadership for Educational Equity to organize a follow-up event for attendees to further develop and begin implementing a plan of action. We are thrilled to see these additions and improvements to the TEACHED screening model that we can now share with others.
TFA Sacramento hosted a screening of The Path to Prison at the awesome Guild Theater followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A on California's issues with the under-education and over-incarceration of minority males in particular. We've heard from many parents and community leaders who plan to organize their own screenings and look forward to working with them. The TFA Sacramento team is planning events around the other two TEACHED Vol. I films for 2014. Check our events page for details as we get them.
TFA Chicago hosted two TEACHED Vol. I screenings, one at a local school for parents, teachers and TFA alumni, the other at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. Thanks to all the TFA staff who helped organize these events and Student for Education Reform's Tanesha Peeples for participating. Read an article in The Chicago Bureau about the Northwestern screening HERE.
If you haven't had a chance, check out our new Youtube channel, TEACHEDTV. You'll find our "On the Loudspeaker" interviews, films from our high school interns, videos of speakers and panel discussions from TEACHED screening events, interviews with TEACHED Producer/Director Kelly Amis and more. Let us know what you think!