Professional Development

Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Institute 2019

Imani Humphries

Teachers of grades 3-12 are invited to join us for the Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Institute. This summer professional development program prepares teachers to lead instruction for the first three projects of the curriculum: “Image,” “Sound,” and “Story.” The Institute features special guests, screenings, and technical support. Educators leave inspired to bring new literacy strategies to their class and receive support throughout the school year for successful, customized implementation. This exciting and informative visual literacy program will introduce new teachers to the Image, Sound, and Story curriculum and also give more in-depth strategies and skills to returning teachers.


July 16-18 from 9am-3pm

Media Arts Lab, 405 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570


Image, Sound, and Story integrates viewing short films and creating media projects into classroom culture and literacy instruction. JBFC faculty will lead this transformative experience, which will provide content, support, and practice with technology; special screenings; and creative collaboration. Each grade level curriculum contains distinct and unique content, which will be explored as a group and within grade-based breakout sessions.

The hands-on, interactive professional development experience provides:

  • Modeling instruction for facilitating film discussions
  • Skill-based breakout sessions
  • 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
  • Project rubrics paired with pre- and post-writing prompts to assess student learning
  • Technical support for capturing and editing audio and video 

Concurrent with implementation during the 2019-2020 school year teachers also receive:

  • Individual membership to the Jacob Burns Film Center
  • Monthly in-person or virtual cohort meetings and teacher community gatherings
  • Ongoing support and mentorship from JBFC faculty for technical and curricular implementation
  • Eligibility to participate in professional development workshops for supplemental Image, Sound, and Story projects, such as "Character," "Setting," and "Structure"

“Before the Institute I used to think film production was overwhelming to teach but this experience broke down the process into attainable and easily understood components. Now I think: I can teach this in my classroom!” –Amanda McDonough

To see more details about the Image, Sound, and Story curriculum, click HERE.


Collaboration as an Image, Sound, and Story educator requires the following:

  • Approval from your school administration to participate
  • Participation in JBFC’s s professional development
  • Attendance at one cohort  meeting during the school year
  • Implementation of the three projects over the course of the school year
  • Maintaining consistent communication with the JBFC staff

We highly encourage teachers to consider a multi-year commitment to this curriculum.

Implementation has been successful in a range of subjects including:

  • English Language Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Media Literacy
  • Art
  • General Education
  • Technology and Video Production
  • ENL/ESL students

Fees and Financial Support

$500/teacher, $450 per teacher for teams of 4 or more

We are eager to provide financial assistance to enable your participation and we actively raise funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations to offset participation fees. We encourage you to seek support through your school, school district, district foundation, or other special arrangement as well. If those options are not viable, please complete an application for financial support.

Documentation of participation will be provided for teachers seeking in-service or salary credit.

Registration is now closed. Fall professional development opportunities will be announced in August.