Education Blog

Image, Sound, and Story: 2017 Professional Development & Open House

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 05.05.17

The JBFC's Education Department is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Summer 2017 Image, Sound, and Story professional development!

Image, Sound, and Story is a professional development program that inspires and prepares teachers to integrate media viewing and creation into their classroom culture and literacy instruction. This unique curriculum covers ten media literacy concepts and is delivered via classroom teachers who complete the JBFC's professional development sessions. Summer 2017 PD sessions are available for teachers in Grades 3—10, with the content to be implemented during the 2016—2017 school year. Each corresponding two-day/15-hour workshop prepares teachers to lead instruction for the first three projects of the curriculum: "Image," "Sound," and "Story." Teachers who previously completed the Image, Sound, and Story workshop are invited to join us for the next three units of the curriculum, "Character," "Setting," and "Structure."

"With more than a decade of pioneering film and media education as a foundation, the JBFC's Image, Sound, and Story program gives educators a relevant and engaging approach to teaching and learning. By embracing the storytelling technology that students carry around in their pockets, this curriculum inspires young people to communicate and succeed in our highly visual and digitally-connected world." -Ron Howard, Director & JBFC Board Member

Our hands-on, interactive Image, Sound, and Story professional development experience provides:

  • Modeling instruction for facilitating discussion in viewing media
  • Best practices for managing small group production activities
  • Resources, tutorials, and structured support for planning and integrating Image, Sound, and Story into existing units of study as well as texts
  • Project rubrics paired with pre- and post-writing prompts to assess student learning
  • Technical support for capturing and editing audio and video as part of the curriculum

Want to learn more? Click HERE for more information, dates and schedules, and to register for summer 2017 professional development at the JBFC!

To learn a bit more about how Image, Sound, and Story works in a classroom setting, check out a post on our education blog HERE by Tara O'Gorman, a participating fifth-grade teacher at the Casimir Pulaski Elementary School in Yonkers, NY. 

Still have questions about the curriculum? Come by the JBFC Media Arts Lab for an Image, Sound, and Story Open House on May 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm! If you plan to attend, please RSVP via email to by May 9.