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Mentoring
Mentoring has been proven to be one of the most effective means of keeping new teachers in the profession. In this two-part video series, you'll see demonstrations of and discussions about the effective components of a good mentoring program. Donna Niday and Jean Boreen expand on and illustrate the concepts…
Tell Me How Career Series: Teacher
Tell Me How Career Series - Career Education & Opportunities for Young People. Recommended for both School, Public Libraries and Guidance Offices. The Tell Me How series is a necessary addition to any library, guidance center of school curriculum. It explores a large number of career opportunities for young people…
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 tool to help teachers improve their performance? GRADING THE TEACHERS…
Tomorrow's Children - Partnership Education in Action
Do politically expedient proposals for more testing prepare children for the challenges of the 21st century? What is the role of schools in a time when the mass media are children's most frequent teachers? In Tomorrow's Children, based on her groundbreaking book of the same name, Riane Eisler offers a…
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 Island' of Los Angeles. After the passage of Proposition 187…
Looking into Literature Circles
Book clubs are forming in classrooms everywhere, with small groups of students from kindergarten through high school leading their own lively literature discussions. This promising movement has drawn many of its key ideas and management procedures from Harvey Daniel's book, Literature Circles: Voice and choice in book clubs and reading…
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 teachers as they fight the real fight: educating our children,…
The Lottery - Winning an Education
In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the…
Literature Groups All Year Long
Part of the Series: Literacy Collection
Watch as students and teachers deepen their understanding of literature groups over the course of a school year. This engaging video takes you into Carolyn Bridges' fourth-grade classroom as she works with literacy specialist Jennifer Allen to launch and sustain student-led literature discussions. Filmed over an eight-month period, the program…
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 a crisis, but others see it as a challenge. The…
Girls' Tales: Women Discuss Schooling
GIRLS' TALES: Women discuss experiences of schooling consists of three thirty-minute episodes. The documentary is a compilation of interviews in which adult women recollect the experiences and opportunities of their secondary school education. It is a rich educational resource and a provocative discussion starter on the subject of female experiences…
Career Decisions: Physical Therapy - An Overview of a Career Choice in Physical Therapy
Presenting a comprehensive guide to perspective physical therapy students, this program is designed to enable teachers and career guidance counselors a means to present a guide to choosing the physical therapy profession. Physical Therapy or PT has been a part of the American patient care experience for over a hundred…