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american-promiseAn  article in the N. Y. Times looks at a short  video, “An Education in Equality,” that evolved from a feature-length documentary entitled “American Promise,”  which was filmed over 13 years, beginning when Idris enters kindergarten at  the Dalton School, a prestigious private school in Manhattan.   One of only a few black children in a kindergarten class of about 90 students, Idris takes a journey that becomes a study of diversity in New York’s elite private-school world, with themes of identity, race and class emerging from his story.

Created by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson,  “American Promise” won a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2014.  Cllick here to read the article and view the 10-minute video.

When you search “identity, race, class,” at PBS LearningMedia, you find a rich assortment of classroom resources, including lesson plans.  Here’s just a sample:

A Class Divided 1:  A Daring Lesson and A Class Divided 2:  Day Two (Grades 3-12) These segments from FRONTLINE: “A Class Divided” profile the first and  second day of an experiment in discrimination based on eye color that took place in a third-grade class in 1970, shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

won’t you embrace me, by Lucille Clifton (Grades 7-12)  Explore themes of identity, race, and gender as contemporary poet Lucille Clifton reads her poem, “won’t you celebrate with me” in this video segment from Poetry Everywhere.

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welcome_to_jfkJohn F. Kennedy High School in Newark, N.J., provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs as seen in POV’s (documentaries with a point of view), Best Kept Secret, which airs on WGBY Monday, September 23, at 10pm.  In the film Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system.  Watch a preview.

POV free resources for educators include 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists. Registered educators can use any of 80+ full-length films in the classroom for free through their documentary lending library.  Two POV lesson plans about autism are:

Neurodiversity:  Negotiating the World . . . Differently (Grades 9-12)  Students explore how people who are “differently wired” — or not “neurotypical” — negotiate, view and interact with the world. As students learn about autism through the lens of individuals with autism, they analyze the wide range of perceptions, reactions and means of engagement among those on and off the autism spectrum. They determine how to embrace neurodiversity, and how everyone might recognize and accept the diverse ways all people function in a norm-prescriptive society.

Medical Scene Investigators (Grades 6-8, 9-10, 11-12)  All or individually, three videos are used to follow an investigative pattern similar to the popular television show “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigators) with the title of the project being “MSI” (Medical Scene Investigators) who work with individual medical conditions — HIV/AIDS, autism, asthma and cancer –  that are revealed in the videos.

You can also search for resources on “autism” at PBS LearningMedia.

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hi_pov-neurotypicalNeurotypical — broadcast on WGBY Monday, July 29, at 10:00pm — is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.  Preview.

In addition to the resources you’ll find at the POV:  Documentaries with a point of view website, PBS LearningMedia has the following:

 Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research:  Dr. Levy says that because the characteristics of autism disorders range so widely, it has been difficult for scientists to pin down causes and develop effective treatments. But, she says she has hope.   (Audio, Grades 7-13+)

Is Autism Genetic or Environmental?  In this video segment from Greater Boston, learn about conflicting theories regarding the cause of autism.  (Video, Grades: 9-12)

Visual Supports:  A fact sheet for understanding visual supports.  (Document with Background Essay & Discussion Questions,  Grades 4-8)

We’d love to hear what you think about the program, this subject or any of these resources.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.  While human rights need to be vigilantly protected every day, December is the month dedicated to reminding us of their importance.

If you want students to grow in their awareness and practice of human rights in their worlds and around the globe, PBS LearningMedia is a great resource. For example, exploring the price of truth in times of war, No More Tears Sister is a story of love, revolution and betrayal.  Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the film recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Thiranagama’s commitment to truth and human rights led to her assassination at the age of 35.   Supporting materials include learning objectives, discussion guide and a lesson plan from Point of View (POV), award-winning, independent documentaries on PBS.

Among many other PBS LearningMedia resources, Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular: Making a Difference offers students the chance to discuss the impact individuals/leaders can have on communities, research tolerance and human rights activists, and undertake a project that will make a difference in the community.

If you have a resource for teaching human rights or a story about how a particular PBS program works well in your teaching, we’d be happy to hear from you and share a lovely gift in return.

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After a long school year, perhaps we should treat ourselves to something sweet!  This week, you can find a special treat as WGBY debuts POV’s Kings of Pastry.

When Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, award-winning filmmakers of The War Room, Startup.com and Don’t Look Back, turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the country’s Nobel Prize for pastry, you’re in for a treat. In Kings of Pastry, 16 chefs, including Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters and successes prove both poignant and hilarious. Check out the trailer below:

Catch Kings of Pastry on Tuesday, June 21, at 10pm on WGBY!

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Are you a fan of StoryCorps?  If so, check this out:

Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was begrudgingly dragged into a StoryCorps booth by her son and granddaughter. Though Kay was reluctant, she still had stories to tell — from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale’s Department Store. Kay passed away just weeks after that interview, and her son and granddaughter returned to StoryCorps to remember her gentler side, which she kept to herself.

This film will be shown as part of a series of short documentaries on August 23, 2011 on WGBY along with “Big Birding Day,” “Flawed,” “Tiffany,” “Six Weeks,” and the StoryCorps short “Miss Devine.” Keep your eyes peeled for it this summer!

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