A Rockin' New Year
Happy New Year everyone! Ours has started off with a bang, including with the news that TEACHED Vol. I will be featured at SXSWEdu this year. This unique Austin, Texas event, part of the overall SXSW Conference & Festival, includes over 200 sessions, workshops, speakers, education innovations, films and more, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.
If you are attending SXSW this year, join us March 4th at 2:00 to watch the TEACHED Vol. I trilogy of short films followed by a Q&A with Producer/Director Kelly Amis and amazing teacher Pearl Arredondo, star of our film The Blame Game: Teachers Speak Out and now an acclaimed TED-Ed speaker as well.
We ♥ One Day Magazine
The most recent One Day, Teach for America’s alumni magazine, featured a fantastic article about Kelly's journey into filmmaking and the motivation behind TEACHED. In "Mini-Lessons" (pg. 61) writer Calvin Hennick does a great job capturing the potential of the TEACHED short film format and interactive screening model.
As Kelly says in the article, "with film, you can reach people at a more visceral level...it puts a face to the issues and connects people in ways that stats, research and analysis never will.” If you are looking for a way to engage your community in education reform, consider hosting a TEACHED Vol. I screening today.
Also don’t miss the profiles of Kelly and the other 2013 TFA-Social Innovation & Excellence in Teaching Award Winners (same issue, pages 68-72).
Law & Order: Vergara v. California
We are very honored that the Students Matter legal team has included TEACHED Vol. I as a trial exhibit in an upcoming California state court case that, if successful, would help ensure that every student here has equal access to a quality education.
Vergara v. California is a statewide education equality lawsuit filed by nine public school students that would strike down antiquated state laws, including those that provide teachers with the lifetime job guarantee of tenure (after less than two years on the job!) and others that make it nearly impossible to fire even abusive teachers.
The legal team is headed by Theodore Olson, who has argued 58 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court including to have California’s Prop. 8 successfully declared unconstitutional. The team also includes San Francisco attorney Joshua Lipshutz who has explained the case to TEACHED audiences, including in this panel discussion with Kelly.
The Heart of the Matter
If you’re in New York City next week, join Kelly at the premiere of her new short documentary film The Heart of the Matter in a special event at the Scholastic Theater hosted by HealthCorps. The film, which premiered at the Portland Film Festival, profiles an inspiring HealthCorps coordinator who helped transform the health of an entire school community. RSVP for a free ticket from Sara Halper: email@example.com.
It's Never Too Late...
...to donate! Huge thanks to those of you who donated during our end-of-the-year campaign, and to those who thought about it but didn’t quite get there…it's not too late!
Our short, cinematic films cost about $75,000 each to complete, which must all be raised through grants and donations. Any amount you can donate—$20, $50, $100, more!—is greatly appreciated. Please watch clips (click on the photo below) from two new TEACHED films now in production and The Heart of the Matter, and if so inspired, make a donation to TEACHED today. Watch now: