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Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
American Teacher
As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school-based factor in a child's future…
The First Year - Following Five Young Teachers
Winner of numerous festival awards including the prestigious Peabody, this powerful and moving film is a "must-see" for anyone who is, or has ever thought of, becoming a parent or teacher. The film chronicles the first year of five young…
Certain Proof - Students with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Public Schools
With an introduction by Academy-Award winning actor, Chris Cooper, this feature-length documentary is about three children living with significant communication and physical disabilities struggling against the public schools in an emotional battle to prove their worth. Over the course of…
Valuing Lives - Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization
A film documenting the social paradigm shift triggered by Wolf Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who, in the early 1970s, popularized and expanded the principle of normalization of people with disabilities into a framework for community inclusion. Through archival…
The Trouble With Being Human These Days - The Life and Work of Professor Zygmunt Bauman
We live in a world which no longer questions itself, which lives from one day to another managing successive crises, without knowing where it is going and without trying to plan the itinerary'. It is only now that we are…
A Chance to Dress - The Complexity of Gender Expression
A Chance To Dress explores the complexity of gender expression through the story of MIT Professor Emeritus and open cross dresser Dr. John "Tephra" Southard. The film follows the difficulties in coming out to his friends, neighbors and colleagues, but…
PS Dance! Dance Education in Public Schools
PS DANCE!, two years in the making, interviews 16 kids and captures more than 100 students, who joyfully share the influence of dance on their daily learning. Created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and…
Touch of Greatness - A Portrait of a Maverick Teacher
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox…
Teachers of the World: Nature is a Great Teacher (Canada and Finland)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
In Rachel Huneault's combined Year 6/7 class, traditional teaching methods are combined with technology. To complement her outdoor lessons on environmental issues, Rachel has designed a program that allows her students to use an interactive telecommunications network that links 27…
Teachers of the World: Eating - A Way to International Understanding  (Japan)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Japan's society is changing--increasing numbers of foreigners want to live and work in this country, which has a strong monoculture. Therefore tolerance of other nationalities has become an important issue, and in order to foster international understanding, third grade primary…
Grading the Teachers - An Exploration into Teacher Evaluation
School districts around the country are working to find meaningful ways to address the challenging issue of teacher evaluations. Can a good and fair system be designed to measure teacher effectiveness? Can it be developed so that it becomes a…
Teachers of the World: What is Peace (Australia)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Stefanie Lawrence uses a personal approach to investigate topics of conflict and peace in her combined Year 3/4 primary school class. With parental approval, she has introduced an innovative, personal growth program in which the students' experiences are often the…
Teachers of the World: Has Man a Third Hand (Poland)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Ryszard Lukaszewicz has come back to teach elementary school after a successful academic career and as author of a pre-school education program. He has established his own school in Kalisz (one of the oldest towns in Poland), which focuses on…
Teachers of the World: The Cartoon Classroom (Korea)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Teacher Choi Young-Jae thinks that children only like going to school if they know it's going to be interesting. His aim is to make school irresistible to them. Choi's teaching techniques, in a middle-class elementary school outside of Seoul, are…
Pass it On - A Portrait of the Teaching Career of Reynolds Price
This documentary reflects on Reynolds Price's 50plus years of teaching English literature and writing at Duke University. Through the eyes of colleagues, former students, his peers, and with Price's own voice, this film explores the roots, subject matter, influences, and…
Teachers of the World
A documentary series looking at teachers from seven countries around the world. Globalisation of information, new technologies, the changing nature of our life and work...these are factors forcing education everywhere to face a period of reassessment. Some see it as…
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Teachers of the World: The Roots of Revolution (USA)
Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Mary Walsh Farmer has been teaching history for 17 years to junior high school students in Illinois, in a racially integrated community that values and celebrates its multiculturalism. Mary often uses this diversity as a resource for her lesson content.…