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Growing Up Green
Growing Up Green profiles a unique statewide, hands-on environmental education program in Michigan, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. For the very first time, both rural and urban schools across the state are working to increase academic performance by involving students in local efforts to improve the environments they inhabit. This…
Growing Greener Schools
Today, there are about 115,000 K-12 schools in the United States. One in five people --55 million children, teachers, administrators, nurses and janitors--spend their days in K-12 schools. Billions of tax dollars go to building, maintenance and day-to-day operation. Still, most schools, where the environmentalists and stewards of tomorrow will…
Oyler: One School, One Year
Can a school save a community? OYLER profiles how a "community school" helped fuel a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, part of a growing national movement to help poor children succeed by meeting their basic health, social, and nutritional needs at school. Before 2006, very few…
Going to Green Complete Collection
Based on the PBS series Edens Lost and Found, Going to Green was developed to provide a standards-based environmental education curriculum for schools, colleges, and communities. Halfway through the Chicago filming of Edens Lost and Found, one of the individuals interviewed said "You know, children are our future. If we…
Precious Knowledge - Fighting for Mexican American Studies in Arizona Schools
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with…
Children Left Behind: A Documentary on High Stakes Testing
Most high school students in the United States are required to pass a series of exams in order to earn a high school diploma. From coast to coast, more and more states are using these high stakes tests in an effort to reverse the supposed rising tide of mediocrity in…
The New Public
In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O'Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O'Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional…
Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in Primary Classrooms
Part of the Series: Constructivism
Building on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky and Jerome Bruner, the consultants for this film worked with teachers in urban schools to foster self-regulated learning. This production presents both the theoretical underpinnings of their work and its results. Viewers visit busy classrooms where students are being helped to take responsibility…
Role of PLCs in Advancing 21st Century Skills
The foundation of a professional learning community is the three big ideas: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and a focus on results. The knowledge and skills essential to the success of students has been articulated by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In this keynote session from the…
Reading the World
Kids love to explore the real world--as young scientists they observe and relish nature, and through social studies they investigate other times, places, and cultures. In this series of three videos, authors and staff developers Anne Goudvis and Stephanie Harvey welcome you to the child-centered classrooms at Columbine Elementary in…
Cody High - A Life Remodeled Project
Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project focuses on the efforts of Detroit's impoverished Cody Rouge community to remove blight and create a safe environment for students at the local schools, including the hundreds of students who attend Cody High School. In 2014, residents of Cody Rouge, in partnership with Life…
Redefining the Norm
Educators often find that the technical aspects of professional learning communities (PLCs) are much easier to implement than the cultural ones. Understanding and changing human behavior is key to any significant paradigm shift. This presentation focuses on historical, sociological, and psychological aspects of school cultures that make implementing PLCs a…