The JBFC supports educators with curriculum for innovative literacy education. In our age of visual communication, students who are truly college- and career-ready demonstrate skills of critical analysis, creative collaboration, and multimedia communication. From Pre-K through grade 12, all our programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.
The JBFC provides exceptional programs for the communities surrounding its Pleasantville campus. Field trips, residencies, and school partnerships give students and teachers an opportunity to engage with JBFC’s stellar faculty of mediamakers, storytellers, and educators.
Focus on Nature combines STEM instruction and media production for Pre-K — Grade 12 learners. Embracing film programming, professional development, | more »
This early childhood education program, created in collaboration with acclaimed literacy specialist Bill Gordh, teaches students how visual and aural | more »
See Hear Feel Film teaches students active viewing skills and techniques used to tell a story through film. After watching short films from around the | more »
Minds in Motion gives students the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce an original stop-motion animated film. The | more »
Through film screenings and discussions, Classroom to Screening Room enriches students' study of literature, history, science, world languages, and | more »
Cinemania provides middle school students the opportunity to explore the adolescent experience through films from around the world. Weekly meetings | more »
JBFC’s new curriculum is a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection. Image, Sound, and Story provides a scaffolded progression to support learners as they develop their visual and aural communication skills.
Each curricular strand has ten projects designed to develop students’ visual literacy through viewing and discussing curated media; completing short activities called View Now Do Nows; capturing and editing images and video; and revising and reflecting on their work. All projects are aligned with Common Core Standards and the JBFC Learning Framework and develop these core literacy concepts:
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JBFC’s professional development opportunities give educators creative and technical experience with digital media, and support and inspiration for innovative approaches to teaching visual literacy in the classroom. Teachers learn to enhance their instruction through digital projects designed to integrate creativity, literacy, and technology. Scholarships are available for every class.
Catch a sneak preview of films from JBFC's film programming calendar, selected by JBFC's faculty for their potential as powerful teaching tools. | more »
The JBFC offers customized staff development for educators, academic departments, grade-level teams, schools, and districts. We work closely with | more »
The language of image and sound has a rich history, and innovations in media creation and sharing have given it renewed relevance as an essential communication tool. Based on a decade of experience with over 100,000 students, the JBFC has created the Learning Framework, which provides benchmarks for literacy in today’s visual culture.
The Learning Framework provides a progression of vocabulary, concepts, and critical and creative thinking skills to support fluency with visual and aural communication for learners at all stages of their development.SEE LEARNING FRAMEWORK