Celebrating the New Year!
We have lots of good news (and videos) to share with you this month; please take a moment to peruse this update and forward to friends and colleagues. As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.
DC Chancellor Kaya Henderson On the Loudspeaker
Fresh from the editing desk: our On the Loudspeaker interview with Kaya Henderson, the dynamic chancellor of Washington, DC Public Schools. This series complements the TEACHED short films by highlighting the work of national figures making gains in the fight for education equality and excellence. Our first On the Loudspeaker interview featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; watch that one here if you missed it.
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TEACHED Finalist for Social Innovation Award
We are honored to be a finalist for the 2013 Teach for America Social Innovation Award, which supports alumni education entrepreneurs with "ideas that that will radically transform the education landscape in the United States and create an enduring impact on low-income communities;" as you know, this is exactly what we aim to do. Please send your positive thoughts and prayers our way as we enter the final round of the competition. (Don't worry, this competition is more like "American Idol" than "The Hunger Games;" it's a happy privilege to get this far!).
The Other Side of the Camera
TEACHED Producer/Director Kelly Amis has had to do the answering lately in two one-on-one interviews. Don't miss her on TakePart's feisty Brain Food Daily discussing teacher tenure with Joe Hartzler and in an extended interview with Tioki Founder, the fabulous Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, discussing a range of education topics from classroom discipline to teacher hiring practices. Lastly, catch this on-the-fly interview from the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) Film Festival where TEACHED Vol. I won "Outstanding Short Documentary"!
TEACHED Vol. I DVD Now Available for Library Purchase
TEACHED Vol. I, a trilogy of the short films The Path to Prison, The Blame Game: Teachers Speak Out and Unchartered Territory, is now available for public, school and university libraries to acquire for their collections. Please share this link with your favorite library or librarian: TEACHED Vol. I DVD for Library Purchase.
Listen to the Children
In December, we were thrilled to “premiere” our first student music video, Listen to the Children for the students and parents at the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Thanks to a dedicated and talented music teacher, Premila Mistry, these kids are discovering musical and singing ability they didn't even know they had! Needless to say, we had a blast making this video with the kids!
TEACHED Short Films = Tools for Change
What can you do to promote education equality in your community, city or state? Organize your own screening of TEACHED Vol. I and bring people together to discuss current education issues. We will help you select guest speakers and plan an impactful event. Information here.
Support our Work
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