Education Blog

Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Institute

By Adrienne Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator 08.31.18

This summer’s Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Institute was an inspiring three days of learning, sharing, and media exploration. 24 teachers gained the training and resources they need to bring viewing and creating media into their classrooms.

The days were divided between grade-specific breakout sessions, subject-specific activities, and screenings and presentations for the entire group. Teachers viewed and discussed short films from around the world and created collaborative media projects they will eventually bring to their students. , They practiced View Now Do Nows, and worked closely with their peers to share ideas and tips for success.


In addition to the in-depth curriculum exploration and training, teachers also enjoyed a variety of film screenings. We hosted a screening of the award winning documentary Backyard Wilderness, followed by a Q&A with Susan Todd, one of the directors and producers. Teachers were also invited to attend an afternoon screening of I Learn America, a documentary examining a group of immigrant teenagers adjusting to high school in the U.S. On the final day, Reweina Tessema, former Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow and JBFC Creative Culture Alumni, screened her short film Third Period and participated in an enlightening Q&A about her creative process, storytelling strategies, and the high school experience.


Along with instruction from JBFC faculty, veteran Image, Sound, and Story teachers also presented on their experiences implementing the curriculum. Lauren Shanteler, Tara O’Gorman, Lauren Berrios, and Maddy McKormack discussed their strategies for successful implementation at a variety of grade levels and subject areas.

The summer may be over but professional development is continuing! Check out our website to learn about upcoming professional development opportunities.