The JBFC’s newest curriculum, Image, Sound, and Story, develops learners who are literate and fluent in visual storytelling. The series of ten projects are grounded in the JBFC’s Learning Framework goals: observation, comprehension, and analysis in viewing media; and imagination, intention, and production in creating media. Learners develop their ability to communicate and collaborate in meaningful integration with their traditional practice of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Each project is based on a literacy concept encountered across the ELA content area: image, sound, story, character, setting, structure, mood, point of view, theme, and style. All of the media excerpts, handouts, and resources, are available through the JBFC’s new education website.
During the 2014-2015 school year, we have been piloting the curriculum with grades 7-8 in six different school districts. During the 2015 Summer Teachers Institute, training is available for the first time for grades 5-6 and 9-10, and offered once again for grades 7-8.
- Week-long Summer Teachers Institute
- 4 full days of training during the 2015-2016 school year (August 2015, November 2015, February 2016, and April 2016. Dates TBA.)
- Group reflection in June 2016
- Implementation of all ten projects throughout the 2015-2016 school year