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Teaching/Classroom Practice

All Aspects of the Industry.
In this teleconference a panel of experts comments upon specific examples of combining classroom and worksight application of skills and discusses how to build all aspects of occupational skills into classroom and on-sight curriculum. A A I / produced by the Teleconference Production Project at the National Center For Research In Vocational Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Macomb, IL: NCRVE Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University [distributor], 1994. 60 min. Video/C 3720

Approaches to Problem Solving: The Good & Bad.
Effective and ineffective teaching methods are reviewed during a workshop held for physics teaching assistants. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1988. 26 min. DVD 9522 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2890

The Art of Discussion Leading: A Class with Chris Christensen.
Discussion leading is a difficult and demanding art that requires alert involvement and disciplined preparation by the teacher. In this class session Harvard professor C. Roland "Chris" Christensen leads a group of student teaching assistants in the art of how to lead a discussion. 30 min. 1995. Video/C 9824

Bears in the Library: Cal Students Talk About Research
Undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley discuss how they approach library research, their initial impressions of the campus libraries, the impact that library research instruction has had on their ability to locate and evaluate relevant scholarly resources and the transformative impact that independent research can have on the large lecture course format and on their experience of education. 12 min. DVD 2666

Beginning of Total Group
Illustrates the educational philosophy of Lenore Wilson, a leading specialist in early childhood education by showing her teaching a classroom of 5-year-olds at the Nueva Day School and Learning Center in Hillsborough, California. 1974. 16 min. Video/C MM772

Challenge in the Classroom: The Methods of R. L. Moore. (MAA video Classics; 3)
Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, Committee on Educational Media, 1966.

A film biography of R. L. Moore, who received his doctorate in 1901 and since that time has produced, through his teaching, more outstanding mathematicians than any man in history. Describes the man, his philosophy, and his teaching methods as seen in his own words, through the scenes in his class, and in his candid conversations with other mathematicians. 1966. 60 min. Video/C 2854

A Class Without a Classroom: Utilizing Teletutorials in Distance Education.
Centre for Distance Education Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University. Richmond, BC: New Vision Media Ltd., 1992. Demonstrates a discussion in a criminology course at Simon Fraser University conducted as a teleconference in which participants in diverse geographical locations interact successfully in an "interactive teletutorial" course. Discusses advantages of this off-campus educational method. 1992. 15 min. Video/C 3454

College Teaching.
Michigan Colleges' Consortium for Faculty Development. Dearborn, MI: University of Michigan, Television Service, c1986-1988.

l. Course goals and objectives (15 min.)--2. The first day (making content and expectations clear) (21 min.)-- 3. Planning the lesson (24 min.)--4. Planning instruction for higher levels of thought (23 min.)--5. A foreign exchange (cultural communications) (15 min.)--6. Assessing classroom evaluation methods (24 min.)--[7] Preview tape. 6 videocassettes 140 min. Video/C 2885

Critical Incidents: A Teaching Development Resource for Colleges and Universities.
Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia: LTC : 1993?.

A series of ten vignettes which take place in a college or university setting and which demonstrate problem issues facing faculty and teaching assistants. Contents: 1. Do I have to write it for you? -- 2. Boring -- 3. Extensions, extensions -- 4. Petulant and persistent -- 5. Hectoring and harassment -- 6. Failure to project -- 7. Compaigning for T.A. alliance -- 8. T.A.'s adrift -- 9. Students seeking structure -- 10. International misunderstanding. 35 min. Video/C 3316

Dealing with Problems: Video Vignettes to Stimulate Discussion of Difficult Classroom Situations.
Center for Institutional Development and Production Services, Syracuse University. [Syracuse, N.Y.]: Syracuse University, c1988.

Real life college classroom simulations and student/professor interactions presented to stimulate discussion about problems in college instruction. 14 min. Video/C 2887

The Design of Self-directed Learning, pt. 1 : Videorecording Learning Transitions.
Department of Adult Education, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Toronto : O.I.S.E.: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Media Center [distributor], c1980.

Discussion of adjustment to the self-directed learning process. The talk explains the adjustment to changes in the role of the teacher, the difference in relationships among the learners and the responsibility for learning shared with the peers. 3/4" U-matic tape format. 17 min. Video/C 281

The Design of Self-directed Learning, pt 2 : Videorecording Elements of the Design.
Department of Adult Education, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Toronto : O.I.S.E.: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Media Center [distributor], c1980.

Comments on different design patterns such as: treatment of learners as guests, meeting people in small groups, preparing and changing session agenda, use of visual aids, relaxation exercises and reflection periods. 3/4" U-matic tape format. 26 min. Video/C 282

Elements of Teaching for Chemistry TA's.
Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1988.

Part 1 illustrates methods ued by chemistry class TA's to effectively motivate students when teaching laboratory discussion groups. Part 2 illustrates techniques TA's can use to promote constructive interactions between themselves and students. 21 min. Video/C 2889

English Composition
A telecourse introducing the principles and techniques of writing. 30 min. each installment (two installments per tape)

Part 1: Shows how writing in the classroom relates to writing in the "real world." Authors, educators and professionals in the field who use writing on the job and also first-year college writing students discusses various thinking and writing strategies. Video/C 9227

Part 2: Begins with the most basic composition problem: How does a writer select a topic? Also deals with the challenge of finding a unique angle when the topic is assigned by an instructor or boss. Video/C 9227

Part 3: Students, teachers and writers share their observations on what makes good description to help students develop strong descriptive writing skills. Featured writing examples include a police officer's arrest report, a music critic's magazine story and scene-setting and character development in the work of novelists Sue Grafton, Tom Robbins and Joseph Wambaugh. Video/C 9228

Part 4: Explains how reading is a part of the writing process. Novelists Ernest J. Gaines and Kevin J. Anderson describe how they translate their reading into better writing. Students also learn to move from reading for pleasure to deciphering academic texts. Video/C 9228

Part 5: Shows the relationships among narrative writing, personal writing and academic writing. Authors William Gibson, John Morgan Wilson, and Charles Johnson present students with tips explaining that narrative writing should relay a series of events in a chronological manner. Video/C 9229

Part 6: Tells of the choices a writer makes in language, style, tone and spirit in conveying the story, all of which become an extention of the writer's voice. Journalist Richard Aregood and novelist David Guterson, dissect both the esoteric and mechanical aspects of creating the writer's voice. Video/C 9229

Part 7: Provides examples of "process analysis/how-to" writing in action, from a student describing how to reproduce a scientific experiment, to football coach Bill Walsh explaining a lineman's technique, to magazine editor Steve Shanesy showing how to stain a walnut table. Video/C 9230

Part 8: Explores the process of revision offering strategies used by experienced writers who often write more than they need, cutting out the excess and may, in the process, completely change the final piece. Scriptwriter David Mills and humorist/grammar expert Dave Barry share their techniques for revision. Video/C 9230

Part 9: Writing under pressure presents skills for writing quickly and accurately in a timely manner for students or on the job. Video/C 9231

Part 10: Presents some techniques that writers use to overcome writer's blocks, two of which are known as generating and free writing. Includes advice from English composition expert Dr. Peter Elbow, author Frank McCourt, keyboardist/lyricist Thomas Dolby and comic actor Kevin Dorff. Video/C 9231

Part 11: Writers including Chip Bayers of HotWired magazine and Cynthia Selfe of Michigan Technical University discuss how computers are changing the way we read, research, organize, draft and revise our written documents. Also discussed are the use of spell checks, definitions and the thesaurus. Video/C 9232

Part 12: Discusses various methods writers use to organize raw materials, such as linear outlines, words in cartoon bubbles, files, and topic sentences, introductions and conclusions. Humorist Tom Bodett, composition instructor John Lovas, and screenwriter Peter Farrelly discuss their techniques. Video/C 9232

Part 13: Explains how writers may find comparison and contrast to be helpful during the invention and drafting stages. A musicologist, a marine biologist and a police officer show how these strategies -- combined with critical thinking, persuasive writing and narrative writing, work well in a variety of contexts. Video/C 9233

Part 14: Students, teachers and professional writers demonstrate how the revision process often starts out and sometimes works best in a group setting. A federal judge and her clerks, a group of students and a team of journalists illustrate the value in asking other writers whom they respect for their opinion of the work. Video/C 9233

Part 15: Definition is used in a variety of writing contexts, from "defining yourself," to technical definitions used in engineering or science courses. Definition is examined here as an aspect of other writing tasks: In argument, process analysis and narrative writing, and in invention, drafting and revision. Film producer Michael Moore and radio host Rush limbaugh spar about the definition of "welfare." Video/C 9234

Part 16: Shows how people whose work involves writing can learn, research, draft and revise as a team, creating better documents in the process. Instructors, students, writers, actors and science fiction novelists share their strategies for successful collaboratrion. Video/C 9234

Part 17: Students study the art of persuasion and how it is similar to and different from formal academic argument. Political activists, journalists and advertising executives discuss techniques for persuading and influencing people. Featured are author "culture jammer" Kalle Lasn and advertiser Jeff Goodby. Video/C 9235

Part 18: Students explore ways to read critically; how to read and understand any subject, how to challenge the author's ideas while agreeing with others, to summarize and paraphrase an author's words and restate new ideas synthesized from those words. Video/C 9235

Part 19: Discusses how argument is the art of persuasion and the essay is a mode of putting forth new ideas, or older ideas in new ways directed to a particular audience. Featured writers and academics include George Wright and Betsy Klimasmith. Video/C 9236

Part 20: Presents the idea of blending the writer's own thoughts and ideas with those of others to lend legitimacy to the argument, and giving proper credit to the other writers through quotes, citations and attributions. Those examining the ethical aspects of "borrowing" another author's words include Judge Helen Gillmor, musician/writer, David Ellefson, and English instructor Thomas Fox. Video/C 9236

Part 21: Librarians and instructors offer advice on research issues, such as how to evaluate the validity of evidence from the popular press, peer-reviewed academic journals, or the Internet. Filmmaker Michael Moore and novelist Tom Robbins note how these skills carry over beyond academia. Video/C 9237

Part 22: Presents rules that guide writers in making decisions about sentence structure in standard written English including the identification and correction of misplaced modifiers, comma splices, sentence fragments, nonparallel constructions and other errors that can make writing confusing. Author Frank McCourt, Geoffrey Philp and Teresa Redd and others offer instruction. Video/C 9237

Part 23: Critical thinking can be defined as "any writing that involves analysis, synthesis and evaluation." Here students learn to recognize logical fallacies (with the help of Al Franken and Rush Limbaugh), read a variety of situations critically and apply the process to writing. Video/C 9238

Part 24: Students learn to recognize and correct errors in word usage which involves proofreading for good sentence structure and mechanics, and proper word choice for the writing and the audience. Featured teachers and writers include Sue Grafton, Betsy Klimasmith, Santi Buscemi and humorist Dave Barry. Video/C 9238

Part 25: On a college campus, different departments emphasize different writing styles. This program highlights a variety of ways students can apply the writing processes and rhetorical strategies learned in an English composition course to situations across the curriculum. Video/C 9239

Part 26: Helps students proofread for problems with language mechanics and reviews some of the most common errors made in writing involving proofreading, misspellings and grammar. Video/C 9239

Getting Past Those First Quarter Blues: Interacting With Your Students.
Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1987.

Clips from first quarter teaching experiences of physics TA's are used to illustrate the development of effective teaching methods. 15 min. Video/C 2891

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugliest of Graduate Student Instructing.
Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley, Office of Media Services, [199-?].

Dramatization of successful and unsuccessful encounters between teaching assistants and students in classroom sections and during office hours. Produced by students of the Mechanical Engineering 301 course (at the University of California, Berkeley) under supervision of Dr. David A. Dornfeld, Dr. Patrick J. Pagni, Rachel T. Honjo. DVD 9523 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2894

Handling Hordes: Teaching Large Lectures.
CIS, Center for Instructional Services, Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Continuing Education: CIS Media Productions, c1991. Reece McGee discusses and demonstrates how to teach large lecture classes effectively and humanely. 55 min. Video/C 2717

Innovative Teaching.
Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley, Office of Educational Development, 1992.

Three prize winning college instructors comment upon their educational philosophies and demonstrate the innovative techniques which they use to excite and motivate their students. Featuring: Steve Tollefson, Cherie Semans, Donald Bain, Gennaro Padilla, Alfred Arteaga. Video/C 2886

Instructional Techniques for Engineering TA's.
Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1987.

Visits to a variety of engineering classes where teaching assistants demonstrate effective instructional techniques. 18 min. Video/C 2892

Issues on Campus: A View from the Laboratory.
Santa Barbara, Ca: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1988.

Behind the scenes look at problematic situations which can occur between TA's and their students. Panel of teaching assistants and students reviews each situation and suggests constructive solutions. 23 min. Video/C 2893

Making Larger Classes Work
An instructional video intended primarily for newer members of the faculty at Indiana University, showing how faculty at any large university, especially new faculty, who are charged with teaching large lecture classes, can make their larger classes effective, and what sources they can go to for help in doing so. Bloomington, Ind.: Instructional Support Services, Media Production, Instructional Consulting & Technology, Office of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University, c1994. Video/C 9560

Models in Excellence.
Chico, CA: California State University, Chico, 1989
Faculty development video shows award-winning teachers practicing their profession. Attributes common to award-winning teachers are shown and explained 23 min. Video/C 2898

Multimedia: How Does It Really Work in the Classroom?
Institute for Academic Technology. Durham, N.C.: IAT, 1993.

First in a series, this teleconference discusses and demonstrates the ways that technology and media systems can assist college instructors and students to become more productive. Teleconference originally broadcast on February 23, 1993. 105 min. Video/C 4028

Problem Solving in Mathematics.
Teaching assistants expound upon methods they use to involved students when solving problems in discussion sessions in college mathematics classes. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1988. 13 min. Video/C 2888

Private Universe Project.
The Science Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. [Cambridge, Mass.]: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1995.

A teleconference of science educators which examines how to design a classroom curriculum for difficult concepts in science.

This series available for online viewing (requires initial registration at site)

Part 1: Eliciting Student Ideas. Students are asked to answer the question 'What causes the seasons?'. Instructors then analyze the comprehension and thought processes of these students examining such themes as the construction of meaning by the learner, ideas brought to instruction by the learner and the persistence of preconceptions.120 min. Video/C 3567

Part 2: Why Are Some Ideas So Difficult? Instructors analyze the thought processes and level of understanding of students as they attempt to perceive the process of photosynthesis. Themes discussed are the interdisciplinary nature of science education, unintended learning outcomes, and the interaction of learner's prior knowledge with knowledge presented in formal instruction.120 min. Video/C 3568

Part 3: Hands-on/Minds-on Learning. Instructors question if science demonstrations convince or confuse students. Using a lab experiment of circuits created by lighting a bulb using a battery and wire, educators analyze student's interpretations of seemingly clear demonstrations. 120 min. Video/C 3569

Part 4: A House With No Foundation Instructors, using the theme of the particle nature of matter, examine student perceptions of fundamental concepts in science. Some themes examined are problems with models of non-observable phenomena and the student's ability to handle abstract issues. 120 min. Video/C 3570

Part 5: Can We Believe Our Own Eyes? Using a question concerning perception of images in a mirror educators examine how students develop their perceptions and then look at how to build a bridge from student idea to scientific concept. 120 min. Video/C 3571

Part 6: Where Should We Start? In this segment instructors examine how to use ideas about children's ways of thinking to plan and implement science teaching. Demonstrates a classroom implementation of a lesson plan concerning the conservation of energy and its transformation, dissipation and loss. 120 min. Video/C 3572

Part 7: Taking a Risk.In this segment science instructor, T. Waldoch, using decomposition as the concept to be studied, completely restructures her style of presentation to her fourth grade class to enhance her student's learning process in the areas of reflection and conceptual understanding, encouraging each student to take responsibility for their own learning and to examine science as a way of knowing. 120 min. Video/C 3573

Part 8: Finding Solutions That Work: Putting the Pieces Together. This segment sumarizes constructivist theories of teaching and examines how such techniques might be incorporated into classroom instruction. 107 min. Video/C 3574

Part 9: A Vision for the Future. Instructors examine how constructivist methods of teaching could be implemented and what problems and solutions might develop when applying this theory of learning to science classroom instruction. 120 min. Video/C 3575

Role of the Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Center for Instructional Development and Research in cooperation with Instructional Media Services, University of Washington. Seattle, WA.: The Center, c1984.

Description of the responsibilities, duties, and role of the teaching assistant in the University's underegraduate programs. Demonstrates teaching methodology, student communication and interaction, along with interviews with TA's and their students. 37 min. Video/C 2712

Teaching Assistants, Agents of Change.
Chico, CA: California State University, Chico, Office of Professional Development, 1991. A panel of teaching assistants discusses the dynamics of effective teaching during a workshop for TA's. They recommend actions which can be taken by teaching assistants which would allow them to become "agents of change" for their students in the classroom. 22 min. Video/C 2895

Teaching in America: A Guide for International Faculty.
Advice is given to new international faculty and teaching fellows on how they can encourage their students to participate actively in their classes. The advice is taken from veteran international faculty and teaching fellows who also discuss how they prepare for classes and what they find surprising about American students. Other topics include : Breaking down barriers, being accessible to students, and the language problem. Accompanying handbook: Teaching American students : a guide for international faculty and teaching fellows / Ellen Sarkisian. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990. 38 min. Video/C 2715

Thinking Together: Collaborative Learning in Science.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA; The Center, c1992. Three Harvard professors discuss their experiments with collaborative learning and peer instruction which they have incorporated into their courses. The results of this teaching experiment, when implemented in both large lectures or small sessions, suggests that these techniques help students understand concepts better and have more confidence in their work. c1992. 18 min. Video/C 2714

Third International Mathematics & Science Study: Eighth-grade mathematics lessons: United States, Japan and Germany.
Shows teaching methods and live interactions between teachers and students in three classrooms in different countries. This video contains excerpts from six mathematics lessons taped in eighth-grade classrooms in the United States, Japan and Germany. The first three are geometry lessons, the second three are algebra lessons. 1997. 79 min. DVD 4932 (preservation copy); vhs Video/C 5389

Tools for Teaching: The Case Method.
Newton, Mass.: Education Development Center, Inc., c1986. Introduces the case method for classroom instruction. Demonstrates the method in action, describes how it works and its benefits to students, and provides analysis of several key techniques. 54 min. Video/C 2897

The University Lecture: Four Teaching Styles.
[Tucson, Ariz.: University of Arizona], c1987. Examines four teaching styles exhibited by university lecturers including the formalist, the buddy, the disciplinarian and the interactor. 25 min. Video/C 3843

Working the Front Line / Undergraduate Affairs Front Line Task Force, Berkeley, Calif.
Through interviews with students and staff this program tries to show how administrative service improvements can be made to help students in a large university bureaucracy. 1988. Video/C 1487

Educational History, Policy, Culture

Affirmative Action. 1986.
This event took place on February 2, 1986, at Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. An exchange of views and a discussion on affirmative action between Charles Murray, Senior Research Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, New York, and Ronald Takaki, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This event is organized by the Graduate Assembly, University of California, Berkeley. Video/C 1409

Affirmative Action: The History of An Idea.
Explores the historical roots of affimative action and the current debate over its usefulness. Looks at several different affirmative action programs including the Univ. of California, Berkeley, the U.S. Army, federal aid to minority businesses, and affirmative action in the Chicago Police Dept. Includes archival footage and features interviews with a wide array of academic scholars. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4999

Affirmative Action Panel, UCB, October 19, 1995.
A program designed to educate and inform the University community and the general public about the past, present and future of affirmative action policy and its impact on the University of California, Berkeley. Contents: The impact of affirmative action on the University of California, Berkeley (105 min.) -- Affirmative action: Where do we go from here? (45 min.) Video/C 4266

Al Gore at UC Berkeley. 1997.
A town hall meeting between Vice President Al Gore and 150 UCB undergraduates investigating the need for financial aid for college students. Among issues discussed were federal scholarship programs, federal financial aid, tax credits for educational expenses, campaign reform and affirmative action. This event took place on February 19, 1997 at Krutch Auditorium, Clark Kerr Campus, University of California, Berkeley. 60 min. Video/C 4691

American Cultures Requirement: After Ten Years.
Cassette 1. Introduction (6 min.) -- Creating the American cultures requirement / Lily Wong Fillmore, Roderic Park, W. Russell Ellis (90 min.) -- Cassette 2. Student perspectives on the American cultures requirement / Romola Sanyal, Denise Velasco (48 min.) -- Cassette 3. Future of the American cultures requirement / Elaine Kim, Jeff Romm, Romola Sanyal (84 min.).

A symposium examining the role and future of the American cultures requirement at the University of California, Berkeley ten years after it became a curriculum requirement. Held on October 19, 2001 in Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley.228 min. Video/C 8445

American Teacher
Examines the lives of four teachers in different areas of the country, revealing the frustrating realities of today's teachers, the difficulty of attracting talented new educators, and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether. Can we re-value teaching and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive, and desirable profession? With almost half of American teachers leaving the field in the next ten years, now is the time to find out. Directed by Vanessa Roth. 2012. 80 min. DVD X7064

American Teen
In this documentary experience what the life of a high school senior is really like through the eyes of five real-life very different teenagers living in a small Indiana town. Features the Prom Queen, the Jock, the Rebel, the Geek, and the Heartthrob. Produced and directed by Nanette Burstein. 2008. 101 min. DVD X1926

American Universities: Brave New World
A compilation of five 1940s, 50s and 60s films illustrating life in American universities. Includes films showing the education and training of African Americans as part of the WWII effort, military training of college students including training of women to assume jobs usually done by men, the 1969 Columbia University strike, and views on the education of women students at mid-century. Negro colleges in wartime / U.S. Office of War Information (1944, 8 min.) -- Columbia Revolt / Newsreel (1969, 49 min.) -- Campus on the March / RKO-Pathe (1942, 18 min.) -- Body care and grooming / Audio Productions (1948, 17 min.) -- Home economics story / Iowa State College (1951, 25 min.) DVD 5152

Another Wind is Moving: The Off-reservation Indian Boarding School.
Features interviews with American Indians regarding their experiences at boarding schools. Examines federal policies toward American Indian education, the history of American Indian boarding schools, their impact on Indian peoples and cultures, and their role in Indian education past and present. 1985. 58 min. DVD 7100 [preservation copy]; Video/C MM723

Attaining Excellence: Initial Findings From The Third International Mathematics & Science Study.
A summary of findings of the third TIMSS evaulation of the effectiveness of mathematics and science teaching in eighth grade classrooms. Commentary: John Pepper (CEO, Procter & Gamble Co.), Joan Dykstra (PTA), Pat Forgione (Nat. Ctr. of Educational Statistics), Iris Carl (Nat. Council of Teachers of Mathematics), Lois Peak (TIMSS Project officer), Richard Riley (U.S. Sec. of Education). 1997. 14 min. Video/C 2890

The Battle Over School Choice
As the 2000 presidential race kicks into high gear, this film examines one of the key issues: Just how bad are the public schools and should educational reform include vouchers and charter schools to provide greater "choice" for parents and children? Drawing on interviews with candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush, as well as interviews with national education experts, the film looks at the pros and cons of various reform initiates, and samples charter and alternative schools in Ohio and Texas. The film concludes with Gore and Bush's track records on education and their views on reform initiatives. Originally produced for the television program Frontline. 1999. 60 min. DVD X1292 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7322

Becoming Bilingual.
A 2-part documentary providing an in-depth view of working programs of bilingual education at both the elementary and high school levels. c1989.

Becoming Bilingual: Part 1, Ambos a Dos. Follows a third-grade student from Puerto Rico through her first year at a bilingual school in East Harlem. The film focuses on her progress presenting a variety of classroom scenes from ESL to computer lab, interwoven with sequences showing the student in her home and community. c1989. 35 min. Video/C 7908

Becoming Bilingual: Part 2, Newtown High. Profiles students at Newtown High School with students speaking some 50 languages. The film focuses on accounts by students from China, Cuba, Korea, Afghanistan, and other countries. Many of these students arrive with strong educational backgrounds from their native country, but without the high school's extensive bilingual classes aimed to guide students into mainstream English classes as soon as possible, their participation at appropriate levels of subject studies would be impossible. c1989. 45 min. Video/C 7909

Shows how 3rd-5th grade low income girls and their moms, from an under-served Latino community in San Jose, California, transcend cultural and economic hurdles by being BAWSI (pronounced "bossy"). Co-founded by soccer star Brandi Chastain, BAWSI (Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative) is an after school fitness and motivation program. The film shows the girls and their mothers having fun working out alongside Chastain and college women athletes that volunteer to coach, mentor and be role models for a healthy lifestyle. This film captures the results of transformation and the dedication of women to communities. Produced and directed by Marisa Maldonado. 2008. 20 min. DVD X7038
Bible Reading in Public Schools: The Schempp and Murray Cases --1963 [CBS Reports]
Step by step account of how a case of law moved from a local or district court to the Supreme Court. Provides interviews with the Schempps and the Murrays, attorneys, and expert witnesses to create a detailed account of School District of Abington Township, Pa. vs. Schempp and Murray vs. Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City--cases that challenged the use of Bible reading and prayer in the public schools. Originally broadcast as a segment of the CBS reports television program on June 19, 1963. Reporter, Eric Sevareid. 51 min. DVD 2056

Bilingual Education.
Examines Latino consensus on the issue of bilingual education while also looking at efforts to increase literacy levels and English language skills among Latinos.1997. 26 min. Video/C 5388

Black America and the Education Crisis.
Syndicated columnist Juan Williams moderates a town meeting at Howard University on the crisis of education in the black community. Educators, politicians and other prominent personalities discuss such issues as why black children score lower on standarized tests, how to improve academic performance, and Ebonics. c1997. 45 min. Video/C 6876

Boys of Baraka
Each year, 20 African American boys are chosen from the most violent ghettos in Baltimore to enter a transformative two-year course of experimental schooling at the Baraka School in Kenya, East Africa. The purpose of the school, in part, is to demonstrate that a strict regimen of classes and responsibilities has an immediate, if not always permanent, beneficial effect on the self-esteem of ghetto residents. Filmed over three years, the documentary follows a group of 12 year old boys from an inner-city ghetto where 76% of all African American boys never earn a high school deploma. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Special features: Directors' commentary; "A conversation with Bill Cosby" featurette; Deleted scenes; The boys - an update; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery. 2005. 84 min. DVD X3538

Silverdocs - Audience Award - Feature

Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC.
If the freedoms of speech and dissent are protected by the Bill of Rights, to what degree should hate speech be included? Conversely, if "political correctness" is intended to counteract discrimination and intolerance, should it be used as a vehicle of censorship? Does PC heighten public awareness of marginalized groups or is it censorship designed to limit intellectual inquiry in the name of particular political agendas? This film examines five controversial incidents at universities around the country involving conflicts of values and "political correctness". Cases involve the use of racially insensitive language, gay rights and religious expression, pursuit of multicultural ideals, sexual harassment in the classroom, and radical feminism. Presented by Manifold Productions, Inc. in association with South Carolina ETV. Lindsay Crouse, narrator; Alan M. Dershowitz, commentator. Racially insensitive language (University of Pennsylvania) -- Gay Rights and religious expression (Harvard) -- Multicultural ideals (Stanford) -- Sexual harassment (Pennsylvania State) -- Radical feminism (University of Washington). c1993. 86 min. Video/C 3328

Caught Cheating.
In a six-month investigation, Primetime traveled to colleges and high schools across the United States to see how and why students are cheating and their rationalizations of the practice. Explores the increasing problems of website plagiarism and the use of cell phones, cameras and two-way pagers to create high-tech crib notes. Also looks at how teachers are taking control through online plagiarism prevention sites such as developed by John Barrie. Originally produced for the television program Primetime Live, broadcast on April 29, 2004. 41 min. Video/C MM294

Chain Camera
In August of 1999 at John Marshall High School, two miles east of Hollywood, ten video cameras were given to students to film their lives. After a week, the cameras were given to ten new students, and then the pattern was repeated the following week. For the next year, these cameras were moved through the student body. This film is a video diary for 16 of these students. 2001. 84 min. DVD 4138

The Chilly Climate for Women in Colleges and Universities.
London, Ont.: University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Equity Services [distributor], c1991. Women relate the pain they have felt at being excluded and undermined in their working and learning situations within colleges and universities. c1991.28 min. Video/C 2699

Class Divided.
Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled: The eye of the storm. Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. (See also: Eye of the Storm, Video/C 3984)c1985. 58 min. Video/C 1143

College Can be Killing.
A documentary studying the causes and incidence of student suicides on the campuses of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin. Also discussed are the suicide prevention programs instituted on these campuses. 1978. 60 min. Video/C 366 NRLF #: B 3 969 194

College, Inc.
A close look at for-profit colleges and universities that cater to non-traditional students, often confering degrees over the Internet, and, along the way, successfully capturing billions of federal financial aid dollars. The film explores the tension between the industry -- which says it's helping an underserved student population obtain a quality education and marketable job skills -- and critics who charge the for-profits with churning out worthless degrees that leave students with a mountain of debt. Originally produced for Frontline public television broadcast on May 4, 2010. 55 min. DVD X4949

A Colloquium on "College, The Undergraduate Experience in America": at Harvard University, November 1986.
The colloquium centered around findings of the Carnegie Foundation report College, the undergraduate experience inAmerica written by Ernest L. Boyer. The speakers explored ways to strengthen and renew undergraduate education in the nation. 70 min. Video/C 1020

Cultural Bias In Education.
This program examines roadblocks to Latino academic advancement as well as productive educational models; explores the relationship between standardized testing and cultural diversity and questions whether cultural bias can be eliminated from standardized testing; and looks at early childhood education programs and the factors that deter Latino families from participating in them. Originally broadcast on "Heritage" television program produced by KLRN, San Antonio and copyrighted by Alamo Public Telecommunications Council. c1992. 28 min. Video/C 2873

Cultural Illiteracy
Commentator Robert MacNeil hosts a discussion of cultural literacy in the U.S. There is a debate in education circles over the quality of what American students are learning in school. The old debate has a new twist, a best seller written by E.D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy. Hirsch, and MacNeil are joined by poet Maya Angelou, Patrick Welsh, a teacher, and Robert Coles, a psychiatrist and educator. Originally produced in 1988. 28 min. DVD X478

Culture Across the Disciplines: Education in the Multicultural University.
California State University, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: Creative Media Services, 1992.

Teleconference focuses on an increasingly diverse multicultural university and strategies for meeting the needs of a culturally diverse educational system. Contents: Panel I. Language and culture across the disciplines. -- Panel II. Classroom strategies in the multicultural university. -- Panel III. Advising, mentoring and assuring student success. 160 min. Video/C 3785

Culture, Politics & Pedagogy: A Conversation with Henry Giroux
An active citizen, says the prolific and influential Henry Giroux, is "somebody who has the capacity not only to understand and engage the world but to transfom it when necessary, and to believe that he or she can do that." In this provocative new interview, Giroux speaks with passion about the inextricable links between education, civic engagement, and social justice. Strongly influenced by Paulo Freire, the Brazilian scholar of progressive education, Giroux advocates for a pedagogy that challenges inequality, oppression, and fundamentalism. c2006. 50 min. DVD 6702

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Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
America's national commitment to provide every qualified student, regardless of economic status, an opportunity to go to college has weakened. In many college classrooms, an unspoken "understanding" allows as many as 20% of students to coast their way to a diploma without really learning much. This documentary goes behind the scenes following 30 students from admission to graduation who are enrolled in 4 colleges, a private liberal arts college, a major state university, a regional public university and a community college. It also gives voice to teachers and administrators, while examining the government's decreasing financial commitment to higher education as well as other market influences. Produced by Learning Matters, Inc.; executive producer & correspondent, John Merrow. 2005. 120 min. DVD 4696

Definitions of Access: Where Will They Lead Us?
National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. Washington, D.C. : National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, 1998.

Presents the results of the Policy Panel on Reconceptualizing Access and Its Ramifications for Data Systems held in cooperation with American Council on Education in September 1997. Five leading experts on access policy and research present the implications of broadening the definition of access as it is used in postsecondary education. Contains excerpts from the presentations, a brief summary of findings from a bibliographic study of research on access, and recommendations for conducting research and developing policy regarding access. 19 min. With 11-page study guide. Video/C 6013

Developing the Next Generation of Mathematicians.
Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America, c1991.

Uri Treisman describes his work at the University of California, Berkeley which has led to increases in the academic performance and persistence of African-American, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority students in freshman calculus. Film describes the origin and evolution of programs which draw students into mathematics and enables them to excel. c1991. 43 min. Video/C 2853

Diversity Matters: Perspectives Across the Disciplines on Affirmative Action
Produced and directed by Mary A. Knighton and The Diversity Video Project Group. Professors and students at the University of California, Berkeley share their views on diversity in college student populations, debate definitions of diversity, multiculturalism in higher education and the need for affirmative action programs. Includes a historical look at resistance to affirmative action programs in the University of California college system. Contents: Part l. Present Matters: The Pipeline -- Retention, outreach and mentoring (Berkeley Pledge) -- Measuring diversity: Quotas? Equality of opportunity? Equality of results? -- Political correctness, the "multicultural wars," and affirmative action. -- Part 2. The Past in the present: Strikes against affirmative action: the U.C. Regents' SP-l and SP-2 (1995), and California's Proposition 209 (1996) -- Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1977) -- History 101 -- Gender in diversity. -- Part 3. The future is now: What do you think is the future of affirmative action? -- What would you say to continuing students and prospective students concerned about the educational climate at Berkeley? -- Why does "diversity" matter? 2000. 56 min. Video/C 6922

Doon School Quintet
An intimate study of India's most prestigious boys' boarding school, located in Dehra Dun in Uttaranchal. Sometimes called 'the Eton of India', Doon School has never the less developed its own distinctive style and presents a curious mixture of privilege and egalitarianism. Part 1 looks at the life of Indian middle-class boys as they experience the effects of institutional, national, and global pressures during the transitional years from childhood to adulthood. Part 2 focuses on a group of 12 year olds during their first year in one of the 'houses' for new boys. Part 3 follows one of the boys into the next phase of his life in Jaipur House, one of the five main houses in the school. Part 4 focuses on the social dynamics within the group arriving in Foot House, one of Doon Schools' dormitories for new boys. Part 5 explores the thoughts and feelings of one boy during his first weeks as a Doon student. Contents: Disc 1-2. [Part 1] . Doon School chronicles : a study in 10 parts (140 min) -- Disc 3. [Part 2]. With morning hearts : a year in foot house (110 min.) -- Disc 4. [Part 3]. Karam in Jaipur (53 min.) -- Disc 5. [Part 4]. The new boys (101 min.) -- Disc 6. [Part 5]. The age of reason (87 min.). A film by David MacDougall. Originally released as a series of documentaries in Australia : [Fieldwork Films], 2000-2004. 491 min. DVD X813

Dropout Nation.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas - an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. This film takes you inside a former "dropout factory" in Houston, Texas, for an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily struggle to get them to graduation. Originally broadcast Sept. 25, 2012, as part of the PBS series Frontline. 120 min. DVD X9159

Education in a Multicultural University: Teacher Preparation for a Diverse Society.
California State University, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: Creative Media Services, 1993.

Teleconference focusing on the diversity of the student body and its implications for the K-12 teacher, the need to train teachers to serve a diverse student body and recruitment of minority teachers. Contents: Panel I. Teacher preparation: school perspective. -- Issues: Community/business perspective. -- Panel II. Teacher preparation: community perspective. -- Possible solutions: Role of the university. Culture in the classroom. Role of the state. Collaborative efforts. Recruitment. -- Panel III. Summary panel: overall issues. 120 min. Video/C 3786

Education's Big Gamble: Charter Schools
Presenter and executive producer, John Merrow. Presents the educational concept of the charter school, a public school that has been given freedom from bureaucratic control in return for promising both academic achievement and financial responsibility. 1997. 57 min. Video/C MM972

Emotional Intelligence: A New Vision for Educators
Defines emotional literacy and its five skills: self-awareness, managing moods, motivation, empathy and social skills. Illustrates the importance of emotional intelligence to a person's success in life, and how emotional literacy programs in schools can teach children how to manage their emotional side. c1996. 40 min. Video/C 9348

Evening the Odds: Is Title IX Working?
In 1972 Title IX was established, a civil rights act that prohibits gender discrimination at any school that receives federal funds. In this program, Elizabeth Brackett of WTTS in Chicago, goes to Indian University -- alma mater of Olympic diving medalists Lesley Bush and Cynthia Potter -- in an investigation of higher education's Title IX track record in the area of sports. Although Indiana University is working diligently to meet Title IX conditions by creating new athletics programs and spreading out scholarship dollars, only seven Division 1 schools have met the Title IX standards for gender equity. c1999. 12 min. Video/C 6895

The Eye of the Storm.
Award winning documentary records an innovative experiment in which a third-grade teacher divides her all-white class into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making each group superior or inferior on successive days. The program demonstrates the nature and effects of bigotry by showing changes brought about in the children's behavior and learning patterns. (See also: A Class Divided Video/C 1143) 1991?. 26 min. Video/C 3984

Excellence in Teaching..
Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Instructional Development, 1990.

Overview of Instructional Development program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Film presents services provided to faculty through the program which includes instructional consultation, teaching evaluation systems, teacher assistant development, classroom videotaping, creation of media for instruction and grants for research. Performers: Patrick Stewart, Ronald W. Toben, Homer Swander, Stanley Nicholson, George Michaels, Gunther Gottschalk, Richard Johnson. Video/C 2896

Failing Forward
Discusses "social promotion," a practice where students are passed to the next grade even though they get only Ds and Fs and how it primarly affects minority students. Also includes special reports on bilingual education in schools where dozens of languages are spoken and a history of report cards. Originally presented in 1992 as segments on the PBS televison program: The Merrow report. 30 min. Video/C MM969

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary.
A documentary by Los Angeles teacher Laura Angelica Simon, exploring the impact of California's Proposition 187 on the immigrant community. The subject is Hoover Street Elementary School, where Simon candidly explores the attitudes and emotions of teachers, students and parents, focusing on a ten year old Salvadorian girl. 1997. 53 min. DVD 9929 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5246

First to Worst (The Merrow Report)
In the 1950's and 60's, California boasted one of the best school systems in the nation. Now it is one of the worst. This program explores the roots of California's current education crisis, tracing it to the anti-tax movement of the 1970's and 80's, with special attention to Proposition 13, the 1978 anti-tax law which is still in effect. It also examines the civil rights lawsuits that aimed to equalize school spending but resulted instead in disastrous funding limits on schools. c2003. 56 min. DVD 2283

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The First Year
Every year the United States hires 250,000 new teachers. On September 7, five teachers will begin their new journey. This documentary follows these five young teachers as they fight the real fight: educating our children, one child at a time. Shows the human side of the story, revealing all the determination and commitment it takes to survive in America's toughest school systems. Directed by Davis Guggenheim; produced by Davis Guggenheim, Julia Schachter. Originally a PBS television broadcast which aired September 6, 2001. 80 min. DVD X3614; Video/C 9707

Free Speech and Racism on Campus: Nightline: June 12, 1989.
Racist attacks are on the rise on America's college campuses. This newscast asks should some kinds of free speech be censored on university campuses because of their racial or sexual content? Includes interviews with Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice, college professors and students at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. 23 min. Video/C 5769

Follows the student council presidential campaign at one of the country's most prestigious public high schools, Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Candidates must choose running mates, navigate primaries, write political platforms,perform in televised debates, shake as many hands as possible, and win newspaper endorsements. Directed by Caroline Suh 2007. 80 min. DVD X1603

Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Residence Hall.
A documentary filmed at Stanford University during the 1990/91 school year. Two filmmakers moved into a freshman residence hall and followed a new group of students from move-in day to spring finals. We watch as 10 students from varied backgrounds grapple with a multitude of psycho-social developmental concerns including cultural, ethnic and class differences, the issues of substance abuse and sexual relationships, academic and career choices, stress management, autonomy and community building. 98 min. DVD 7452

Going to School (Ir a la escuela)
Documentary focuses on experiences of several disabled students of Hispanic descent in Los Angeles attending their neighborhood public schools rather than schools for students with special needs. The role of parents as advocates, including their successes and frustrations, is especially emphasized, as well as the need for educators to become more aware of particular challenges that students with disabilities face at school. Producer, director, editor and narrator, Richard Cohen. 2001. 64 min. DVD X6351; Video/C MM1006

Global Quest: The Internet in the Classroom.
[Lancaster, PA]: Classroom Connect, [199-?].

Tells how tapping into the Internet, the world's largest computer network, will benefit educators and students. Teachers and students describe experiences using the Internet, and educators and others discuss how the Internet fits into the changing classroom. 15 min. Video/C 4364

Granito de arena
For more than 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance. This film is the story of that resistance -- of a grassroots, non-violent movement of public schoolteachers who took Mexico by surprise and who have endured brutal repression in their struggle to defend public education. DVD 1: In English (narration) & Spanish (interviews), with optional subtitles in English, English & Spanish, German or French. DVD 2: In Spanish with no subtitles; in Portuguese (narration) & Spanish (interviews), with Portuguese subtitles. Subject Headings Public schools -- Mexico. Written, produced, and directed by Jill Freidberg. 2005. 61 min. DVD 7433

Hablas Ingles?
Videocassette release of a segment of the television program Currents.Examines bilingual education in the U.S., focusing on the arguments for and against a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the United States. Includes interviews with Linda Chavez, president of U.S. English, and Juan Cartagena, of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund. 26 min. Video/C 1922

Hard Times at Douglass High, A No Child Left Behind Report Card
The No Child Left Behind Act was created to boost academic levels of American schoolchildren by setting standardized goals across the nation --and holding states, districts and schools accountable for performance. For urban schools in high-poverty areas, reaching these goals has proven to be a daunting task, and many now face the real possibility of being taken over by the state --or being shut down altogether. This documentary captures the life of a Baltimore High School struggling to meet the academic demands of the No Child Left Behind Act revealing the troubles and triumphs in the classrooms, hallways and offices of the school. 2008. 112 min. DVD X244

Hate Crime
Shows two examples of communities that are having some success in solving the problem of hate crimes. In South Carolina after the burning of Afro-American churchs, law enforcement officials arrested members of the Ku Klux Klan and one black church filed a lawsuit against the KKK winning a $38 million judgment against the Klan from a racially mixed jury. The second case spotlights a pioneering high school class on tolerance developed by teacher Joe Moros that has changed the social climate at San Clemente High School in California where tensions among whites, Latinos, blacks and Asian-Americans led to brutal violence and killing in the 1990s. 1999. 56 min. Video/C 6875

High School
A documentary study of life in a typical urban high school, Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deals with the ideology and values of a large urban high school population as seen through encounters between students, teachers, and parents in guidance sessions, college counseling, faculty meetings, corridor patrol, gymnasium and classroom activities. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 1968. 75 min. DVD 8741; vhs Video/C 3753

High School II (1994)
A extensive documentary about Central Park East Secondary School, a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem. Focuses on interactions between the students, teachers, staff and parents who are involved in the school and on the opportunitiesgiven to learn outside of traditional classroom settings. Ninety-five percent of the school's graduates go on to four-year colleges. 200 min. DVD X7243; Video/C 7065

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The Hobart Shakespeareans
A profile of Los Angeles elementary school teacher and winner of the American Teacher Award, Rafe Esquith, and his eager students who together touchingly demonstrate the power of education. As a motivational teaching tool and unique method of education, Esquith teaches the Asian-American and Latino children of violence-stricken Los Angeles neighborhoods to understand and perform Shakespeare. Aired as a 2005 episode of the television program: Point of view. 52 min. DVD 5664

I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School
A documentary about the 725 Headstart to 5th graders at the Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Stanton is a Chapter One school which receives federal funding because of the poverty in this area. Principal Deanna Bernie does her best to give these children the same quality education that more fortunate children have. Includes disciplinary methods, experimental classes, and information about the home lives of some of the children in this inner city environment. Directed and reported by Susan Raymond. 2005. 90 min. DVD X3035; Video/C 6998

In Plain English.
Made by filmmaker Julia Lesage. African-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latin American and Native American undergraduate and graduate students discuss their expectations about college life before they came to the University of Oregon and the reality they encountered while at the university and they examine their experiences with racism and discrimination. 1992. 42 min. Video/C 3007

Identity in the Institution.
Interviews with college students at the University of California, Berkeley concerning their experiences in classes, their attitudes towards the academic environment and their philosophies of education (i.e should education be learning for learning's sake or simply preparation for a career?) Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) in Spring of 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. 1996. 19 min. Video/C 4415

Immigrant Stories of Franklin High.
Teenage immigrant students from around the world who are enrolled in ESL classes at Franklin High School in Seattle Washington, speak candidly about their experiences assimilating into American high school culture. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 7907

In a Class by Themselves: Graduate Student Instructors Teaching at UC Berkeley
Presented by the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Resource Center, 1995.

A candid view of teaching through the personal stories of four graduate student instructors (GSI) at the University of California, Berkeley. Coming from different backgrounds and disciplines, they share their surprises, fears, foibles, successes, and humor as graduate students and teachers. A vivid and full picture of graduate student life emerges as they each share their wisdom and advice about teaching. 25 min. Video/C 5628

Instituting Change.
A production of the MacNeil/Lehrer news hour aired on KQED-TV on November 12, 1993. Featuring: Chang-Lin Tien (chancellor), James Mitchell, Richard Goodman, Dave Patterson, Tom Hayden, Stephen Greenblatt, Anne Healy. Spencer Michels interviews the chancellor, faculty members and students at the University of California, Berkeley concerning the impact of reduced state revenues on the educational excellence and reputation of the university. Film also explores the "brain drain" at the university and impact on various programs which has resulted from early retirement programs implemented in an attempt to address the fiscal crisis. 12 min. Video/C 3165

Integrating Academic and Vocational Studies.
National Center for Research in Vocational Education in cooperation with National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education. [Macomb, IL: Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University], c1990.

The purpose of this teleconference is to explore the question of why the integration of academic and vocational studies may help increase the effectiveness of education for most students, and how that integration may be accomplished, particularly at the secondary school level. The issues were addressed by congressional members and a research group, and discussed by four educators. 120 min. Video/C 2703

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School.
Directed by Debra Chasnoff. An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Presents footage of classroom activities and discussions with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. Discusses school-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers. 1996. 78 min. Video/C 4957

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Jugs to be Filled(New Pacific; 7)
This program looks at schools and universities in Japan, China, Korea, California and Papua New Guinea. The film shows how the structure of education reflects attitudes and cultures and that there is a strong need for Pacific peoples to emphasize national identity in a multi-cultural environment. 1985. 60 min. Video/C MM584

Learning Curves. (Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 18)
The type of education a child can expect to receive may have less to do with the teacher but more to do with socioeconomic status, race and culture. These and other factors make the question of how best to educate American children a complicated one. In this episode you will meet two families who have chosen different approaches to educating their children. The growth in home schooling as an alternative to conventional education is explored. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4813

Let's Get Real
Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying in American middle schools, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Students who have been the targets of bullying, as well as students who do the bullying, describe their experiences and how they make them feel. Originaly 35 min. version is immediately followed by another version in which the film is broken into eight segments, each approx. 4 minutes long. A Debra Chasnoff, Helen S. Cohen, Kate Stilley film. c2003. Video/C MM145

Kids of Survival
San Francisco, CA : Geller/Goldfine Productions ; Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service, c1996.

A documentary film about kids growing up in South Bronx, New York. A teacher, Tim Rollins, has combined arts and teaching in unusual mix, helping the kids to create art works with a theme based on literary classics. The film also shows everyday lives of kids who struggle to survive from their crime ridden environment, demonstrating that education is the key to their survival. Performers: Tim Rollins, Jorge Abreu, Christopher Hernandez, Victor Llanos, Carlos Rivera, Rick Savinon. 87 min. Video/C 6067

The Learning
Chronicles an emotionally charged year in the lives of four Filipino women as they leave their homeland to teach in Baltimore's inner-city schools. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families' impoverished lives back home. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher's craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore's tough realities. Directed, produced & written by Ramona S. Diaz. c2011 98 min. DVD X7109

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Lost in Translation: Latinos, Schools and Society
The Latino dropout rate in the United States is 2.5 times higher than that of blacks and 3.5 times than that of whites. Why do so many young Latinos drop out? John Merrow explores the complex answer involving language problems, inadequate resources, lack of opportunities, poverty and the lure of the street. He also examines the future of Latino youth in the United States and the impact of California's Proposition 227, which would discontinue bilingual education. Documentary originally aired on the television program the Merrow Report. 1998. 60 min. Video/C 8977

The Lottery
Focuses on the charter school experience for African American families. In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. Follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. Directed by Madeleine Sackler. 2010. 80 min. DVD X4977

MI Millennium: Multiple Intelligences for the New Millennuim
Lecture by Howard Gardner presenting new ideas, new directions, and new implications for the multiple intelligences theory. Recent work on performance-based assessment, education for understanding and the use of MI to achieve personalized curriculum, instruction and assessment are also presented. c2002. 48 min. Video/C 8875

Madres Unitas
Follows five immigrant mothers who become involved in an effort to start a new small school for their children, and later become researchers and videographers to document their journey. Their stories are set in the context of a city-wide school reform and community organizing movement in Oakland, California. Produced by Andrea Dyrness ; written by Andrea Dyrness and Jennifer Ho. 2003. 59 min. DVD X3268

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Making the Grade
Pt. 1. First day of school -- Pt. 2. Learning the ropes -- Pt. 3. Frustrations and accomplishments -- Pt. 4. Challenges continue -- Pt. 5. Preparing for high stakes tests -- Pt. 6. Last day of school. Rookie teachers enrolled in the Teaching Fellows program in the New York City public schools experience teaching in one of the city's lowest-performing schools. Follows the new instructors through discouragements, triumphs and challenges during their first year of teaching. Originally presented in 2001 as segments on the PBS televison program: The Merrow report. 90 min. Video/C MM968

Maria Montessori, Her Life and Legacy
Building on the ideas she first developed in a day care center in the slums of Rome, Montessori developed a system of education that is in use today around the world. Dist.: Davidson Films. 2004. 35 min. DVD X4634

Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children (para todos los niños)
In 1943, Gonzalo Mendez sued the Westminster School District of Orange County, California in order to end segregation in the public schools. A landmark Mexican American desegregation case from Orange County California, it was decided 7 years before Brown v. The Board of Education. It was argued on appeal by Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP, who later argued and won Brown v. Board of Education. Then-governor Earl Warren, desegregated California education as a result of Mendez and later, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote the Brown v. Board of Education decision. c2002. 27 min. DVD 6983

Middletown: Seventeen
This documentary follows a group of Muncie, Indiana seniors through their final year at Southside High School. The film provides a participant/observer perspective on the lives of the teenagers, both in school and out of school. Produced and created by Peter Davis. 1982. 120 min. Video/C 4879

Mike Rose: Educating the Disadvantaged.
Mike Rose, director of the writing program at UCLA, has spent his life working with people on the edges of society: inner-city children, Vietnam veterans, adults trying to overcome a lifetime of disadvantage. He talks with Bill Moyers about his continuing efforts to help under-prepared students enter and succeed in the academic world. He discusses his ideas on education in general and on educating the disadvantaged. 1990. 28 min. DVD 3489

Misunderstood Minds: Searching for Success in School
Follow the compelling personal stories of five children and their families, struggling with learning differences and disabilities. As the kids receive help they are able to gain strategies and solutions that lead toward success both in and out of the classroom. Originally broadcast on public television in 2002. 90 min. DVD 8125

The Morehouse Men.
Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia is the only African-American men's college in the United States. For 128 years, Morehouse has educated the black elite, seeking to instill moral, social, spiritual and academic values among its students. It boasts Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses and filmmaker, Spike Lee as graduates. This film follows a group of freshmen students and explores the formal and informal processes whereby boys are molded into "Morehouse Men". 1994. 60 min. Video/C 5717

Moving Toward a National Learning Infrastructure.
A panel of educators and administrators discuss the concept of a national learning infrastructure and how it will help meet the challenges facing higher education. The discussion covers such topics as how national learning efforts relate to the Internet and the national information structure; how current technology and sociology affect the development of this infrastructure; why this infrastructure is essential to future academic and public policy development, and how institutions and companies can collaborate to implement a learning infrastructure that links the country. Teleconference presented on 4/28/94

Participants: Dr. William H. Graves (IAT Director), Dr. Robert C. Heterick Jr. (EDUCOM President), Dr. Richard L. McCormick (Provost UNC Chappel Hill), Dr. Diana G. Oblinger (IBM), Dr. J. Dennis O'Connor (Univ. Pittsburgh Chancellor), Dr. Carol A. Twigg (SUNY Vice Chancellor), Dr. Richard L. Wright (Pres. Bakersfield (CA) College), Dr. Paul Larsen (Univ. of Wyoming). 105 min. Video/C 2724

Networked Information and the Scholar
A National Interactive Satellite Teleconference. Contents: Impact of networked information across cultures within the university / Paul Evan Peters. -- Impact of National Information Infrastructure policies on higher education / Michael M. Roberts. -- Impact of electronic information on academic research in the humanities / James J. O'Donnell. -- Impact of networked information on distance education and its potential for life-long learning / Kathy A. Krendl. -- Evolving role of academic libraries in networked environment / Clifford A. Lynch.

A national satellite videoconference focusing on the growing use of networked information and how it can support the goals of higher education. To plan for the future and cope with the present, faculty and administrators need to understand the positive and negative impacts of networked information on policies, scholarly communication, and on the nature of teaching and research. Panelists present their perspectives on the impact of electronic information and computer networks on teaching and research. Conference is part of Indiana University's 1994-95 INforum series. 1994. 240 min. Video/C 3576

The New Majority: Beyond the Melting Pot; A Report on California's Cultural and Racial Demographics and How They Affect Our Society.
Part of the UC Berkeley Open Window Series. California's cultural and racial demographics - by K. Russell -- Diversity: Changing the face of politics; election reapportionment - by T. Mock -- Hate crimes - by K. Debro -- Labor unions and the new immigrants - by H. Frieze -- University of California, Berkeley: Multicultural education - by W. Lasola -- The arts - by H. Norman -- English only initiative - by J. McKelvey -- The lives of immigrants - by B. Pimentel -- A look at immigration policy - by F. Langner. DVD 9607; Video/C 2010

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Nursery University
In communities across the United States, competition to get into the best schools is starting early. New York City is at the center of this phenomenon, where nursery schools have become the arena where parents jostle for the privilege to place their toddlers on a track that some believe paves the way to the Ivy League. Follows five Manhattan families during the year-long preschool application process, and also gains access into the school admissions departments to reveal the behind-the-scenes antics of this intensely outrageous private school realm. Special features: tips from the experts: advice for getting into nursery schools; audio commentary with the filmmakers; Q&A's with the parents, admissions officers, and filmmakers; deleted scenes; trailer; filmmaker biographies. Directed, produced & written by Marc H. Simon; co-directed & produced by Matthew Makar. 2008. 90 min. DVD X2907

Performance Standards for Vocational Education.
National Center for Research in Vocational Education. [Macomb, IL : Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University], c1991.

This teleconference intends to acquaint the viewers with the implication of the use of performance standards for vocational education. The panelists introduce the different types of performance standards, indicate their importance and establish specific goals. They also examine the use and misuse of performance standards, analyze their impact at national, state, and local levels, and contemplate the influence of the Perkins Act to all of the standards. Teleconference air date : May 2, 1991. 120 min. Video/C 2704

New School Order
Captures the dilemma of young families moving to suburban communities facing hostile confrontations with fiscally and socially conservative school boards in the battle over who should control schools and children's education. Documents the nine-month ordeal in the North Penn School District near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which the Taxpayer's Association and Christian conservatives joined to create a powerful voting block, pitting conservatives against liberals and religious leaders against one another. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 5422

OT, Our Town
Against all odds, the students at Dominguez High School set out to put on the school's first theatrical production in more than 20 years. But what does Thornton Wilder's famous play about life in rural Grover's Corners have to do with Compton, California? This film follows the students on their discovery of the power of art and the human spirit. Produced & directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. 2003. 77 min. DVD 1906

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School
Uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This film gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions. Direction, Chip Richie. 2008. 80 min. DVD X249

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth
12 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. 2 million of them are children. This film is about people who did not decide to become illegal immigrants. Their parents made that choice for them. Although born outside the U.S., these young people were raised in this country, educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without "papers." It is against the law for them to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people. Directed by Anne Galisky. 2010. 88 min. DVD X5116

The Perfect Life: Growing up in Urban America
In 1992, filmmaker Sam Lee moved from England to teach second grade at a unique school in Harlem aimed at helping disadvantaged youth. Ten years later, she revisits her former students, now seniors in high school, to see what has become of them. Produced by Sam Lee & Nancy Roth ; directed by Sam Lee. 2006. 82 min. DVD 8168

Preschool in Three Cultures
As the number of mothers in the workforce grows and parents feel increased pressure to give their children an educational head start, industrialized societies are turning to preschools to nurture, educate, and socialize young children. Presents a unique comparison of the practices and philosophies of Japanese, Chinese, and American preschools and discusses how changes in child care both reflect and affect larger social change. Shows a typical day in preschool in each country, and brings up such issues as freedom, conformity, creativity, coooperation, and discipline. A videotape companion to: Preschool in three cultures : Japan, China and the United States, by Joseph Tobin, David Wu, Dana Davidson, published by Yale University Press. c1989. 57 min. DVD X1215

A Private Universe: Misconceptions that Block Learning.
Interviews with Harvard University graduates and ninth-grade students about their understanding of elementary astronomy concepts reveal disturbing misconceptions. Ninth-grade students are interviewed before and after instruction to determine if these perceptions are modified by instruction. Film demonstrated how preconceived ideas can interfere with learning. 1988. 18 min. DVD 5187; also vhs Video/C 2899

Public Schools in the Ghetto: A Conversation with Herbert Kohl, Author of 36 Children.[Sound recording]
Kohl reviews his experiences as a teacher in New York's Upper West Side, the subject of his book 36 children. 36 min. Sound/C 216

Public Schools Inc.
Ten years after entrepreneur Chris Whittle announced his plan to revolutionize education, Whittle's Edison Schools continue to be a lightning rod for the issue of for-profit, public education. Frontline and The Merrow Report join forces to investigate the Edison Schools and examine whether it's possible to create world-class schools that turn a profit. Originally broadcast on Frontline on July 3, 2003. 57 min. Video/C MM966

A Question of Fairness: The Affirmative Action Debate.
Entering a crucible of racial, political, and legal issues, this program explores America's national debate over affirmative action. Viewers will receive a detailed look at the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case which confirmed the legality of race-based academic admission criteria, as well as a behind-the-scenes examination of hiring policies at the Ford Motor Company. Observations from students, professors, legal plaintiffs, and activists shed light on the debates central concepts, including the economic legacy of slavery and the use of quotas and preferences. In addition, former Secretary of State Colin Powell describes the role affirmative action has played in his career. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 50 min. DVD X5135

Racism and Anti-Racism Education: Hard Lessons
Looks at racism issues that have recently stirred the educational establishment: Should the curriculum have a multicultural base? Should schools formulate educational policy based on race? What role should parents play in choosing what their children are taught? Discusses the educational system of Great Britain and its ability to educate all children equally regardless of their race, color or religion. Panel includes a Muslim leader, a college vice principal, and the director for the Commission for Racial Equality. Originally produced by Brian Lapping Associates for Granada Television, 1989. 50 min. Video/C 6142

Race in the Classroom: The Multiplicity of Experience.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the office of Race Relations and Minority Affairs at Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.: The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, c1992.

This video depicts moments when race and culture become major factors in the classroom dynamics. It includes vignettes based on real incidents reported by students and teachers in a university environment. 19 min. Video/C 2716

Racism 101.
Examines the problem of racial conflict on American college campuses focussing on instances and patterns of racism at the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College in 1987 and 1988. 58 min. Video/C 1267

Reading, Writing & Race.
This program looks at the impact of affirmative action admissions policies, speech codes, and race relations on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Includes drama students enacting plays about racial conflicts and intolerance on campus. The film also examines the debate in California over a series of social studies textbooks which are under fire from critics, who charge that they do not adequately reflect California's multicultural heritage. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 6790

Through the stories of two debate teams, the fascinating intricacies of high school debate give way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class divide in American education. As Matt and Sam, gifted debaters from an affluent Texas suburb, rise to the semifinals in their bid to win the national Tournament of Champions, Richard and Louise, talented inner-city debaters from Long Beach, CA, mount a successful challenge to modern debate by refocusing on personal experience and dialogue in their own quest for the championship. This film offers a verité, behind-the-scenes look at the stresses and pressures of this highly competitive pursuit, while serving as a primer on the idiosyncratic techniques that have evolved over the years in high-school policy debate. Directed by Greg Whiteley. 2008. 90 min. DVD X5376

The Role of Vocational Education in Restructured Schools.
Inservice Education Project staff at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. In this video of a teleconference sponsored by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, educators from different schools share their professional experiences. They discuss redefining educational missions, reorganizing interaction among students, teachers and administrators, integrating academic and vocational curriculums, and developing school-wide student projects. Video/C 2701

Salamanders: A Night at the Phi Delt House
Shows members and guests of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Pennsylvania State at a party where the central amusement is swallowing salamanders. c1982. 15 min. Video/C 9968

School, the Story of American Public Education.
A four part documentary on the history of public education in the United States. c2001. 55 min. each segment.

School, Part 1: The Common School, 1770-1890. Profiles the passionate crusade launched by Thomas Jefferson and continued by Noah Webster, Horace Mann and others to create a common system of tax-supported schools that would mix people of different backgrounds and reinforce the bonds of democracy in the new nation. But this noble experiment was opposed from the start by racial prejudice and fears of taxation. 55 min. DVD X7222; Video/C 8328

School, Part 2: As American as Public School, 1900-1950. By 1900, 6% of America's children were graduating from high school; by 1945, 51% graduated. This program recalls how massive immigration, child labor laws and the explosive growth of cities fueled school attendance and transformed public education. Also explored are the impact of John Dewey's progressive ideas as well as the development of controversial IQ tests and educational tracking through the efforts of Arthur Bester and Lewis Terman. 55 min. DVD X7223; Video/C 8329

School, Part 3: A Struggle for Educational Equality, 1950-1980. Shows how impressive gains in education masked profound inequalities: Seventeen states had segregated schools. Beginning with the 1950s, this program examines the issues that prompted such milestones as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 55 min. DVD X7224; Video/C 8330

School, Part 4: The Bottom Line in Education, 1980 to the present. In 1983, the Reagan Administration's report, A Nation at Risk, shattered public confidence in America's school system and sparked a new wave of education reform -- all with the goal of tough new academic standards. This program explores such educational innovations as vouchers, charter schools, home schooling and privatization as challenges to the historical concept of a common school. 55 min. DVD X7225; Video/C 8331

School Colors.
This in-depth documentary looks at a turbulent year at Berkeley High School in California, focusing on teachers, students, and parents struggling with the question of whether diversity will enrich American society or tear it apart. 1994. 143 min. Video/C 3596

Video Librarian

Goodman, Walter. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Tue, Oct 18, 1994):B3(N), C20(L), col 1
Leonard, John. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York v27, n42 (Oct 24, 1994):70.

School Prayer: A Community at War.
A Mississippi mother of six sues her local school district to remove intercom prayer and Bible classes from the public schools. Christian community members rally against her to protect their time-honored tradition of religious practices in the schools. Both sides claim they are fighting for religious freedom. 1999. 70 min. Video/C 6316

The School Prayer Case: Engel vs. Vitale-- 1963[CBS Reports]
It was a mere 22 words long and so bland that one commentator called it the "to whom it may concern" prayer, yet it caused a powerful storm of controversy upon its debut in the New York public school system. In this 1963 program, filmed shortly after the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that abolished classroom prayer, Eric Sevareid provides a detailed analysis of the Engel vs. Vitale case. Litigants, legal counsel, academic experts, and political and religious leaders share their views on an issue that continues to resonate in today's civic discourse. Originally broadcast as a segment of the CBS reports television program on March 13, 1963. Reporter, Eric Sevareid. 55 min. DVD 2055

School Takeover: A Case Study in Compton, CA
In 1993, the California State Department of Education took over the Compton Unified School District for academic and fiscal insolvencies. Interviews of students, politicians, parents, and teachers show how Compton was affected when its school district was taken over. c1999. 51 min. Video/C 7000

SchoolScapes: Scenes from a School in South India
A film about the Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh founded on the educational philosophy of Krishnamurti. It is a rigorous co-educational school which includes the act of observation as one of the ways to inspire and teach. Produced by David MacDougall. Originally filmed at Rishi Valley School, February-March 2005. 77 min. DVD X3275

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

School-to-Work Transition.
Teleconference Production Project at the National Center For Research In Vocational Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Macomb, IL : NCRVE Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University [distributor], 1994. The purpose of the teleconference was: 1) To provide a brief overview of school-to-work programs 2) To discuss specific examples of school-to-work models 3) To examine issues and strategies surrounding the implementation of school-to-work systems. 60 min. Video/C 3721

School's Out. (Life; 5)
Explores the issue of private versus public schools in Makoko, a shantytown in Lagos, Nigeria. Average income in Makoko is about fifty dollars a month. The people of Makoko appear to have a choice: Children can go to the free state school, or they can pay at one of a growing number of small, private schools that have opened there. Research into how and why these private schools have emerged in such unlikely circumstances has been organized by a team from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Their research reveals that in communities like Makoko, parents are voting with their feet. They think the state system has failed, and a new and interesting grass roots movement in education seems to be the result. Produced and directed by Dick Bower. 2005. 23 min. DVD 8386

Bullfrog Films catalog description

[Searle] John Searle: What Should an Educated Person Know?
Should the traditional classics of western civilization be taught as the foundation of all our thought, or is it cultural elitism to ignore the contributions of women, minorities, and the third world? John Searle, philosopher and educator, discusses with Bill Moyers that education should accept significant works from other cultures, but they must meet a certain criteria. 1988. 30 min. Video/C 6878

Secrets of the SAT
Examines the debate over fairness in college admissions in a program that looks at how the rise of the American meritocracy has created a national obsession with test scores and a multimillion-dollar test-prep industry. With legal challenges to affirmative action spreading across the country, the film investigates the impact of standardized tests on racial diversity on college campuses. Originally produced as a segment of the television program: Frontline. 1999. 55 min. DVD X2186 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7335

Senior Year
Six young Los Angeles student filmmakers spent a year chronicling the interconnected lives of 15 of their peers from Fairfax (California) High School during their Senior Year. The result is an in-depth documentary tracing the tribulations of modern teenage behavior in a microcosm of 21st century-life. This extensive journey deals with topics old and new: Sexuality, bereavement, religious values, multiculturalism, family relationships and parental expectations; the struggles of immigrant, minority, gay, gifted and handicapped students; the experience of high school football and cheerleading, art and drama classes, and the eventual finality of graduation day. 2002. 370 min. Video/C 8810

Shakespeare's Children
Filmmaker Kate Kline May began teaching drama as a volunteer in her own children's ethically diverse public elementary school in 1991. Working with fourth through sixth graders and their teachers, May created a unique in-class performing arts program that attracted national attention, ongoing funding, and more than 1,000 students in four years. This documentary follows one semester's workshop in preparation for a performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Diverse in age and ethnic background, the student performers found their own lives reflected in Shakespeare's timeless themes. c1997. 48 min. Video/C 8754

Shattering the Silences.
Documentary explores issues of faculty diversity in American higher education in the mid-1990s, focusing on the professional and personal experiences of eight minority scholars in the humanities and social sciences at various institutions. c1996. 86 min. Video/C 4707

PBS Shattering the Silence site

Skin Deep.
A diverse group of college students reveal their honestfeelings and attitudes about race and racism. Students from 3 major universities are interviewed alone on topics including the climate toward talking about race on campus, self separation of ethnic groups, discrimination, affirmative action policies and individual responsibility for change. Concludes with a diverse group of 23 students from 6 major American universities who spent 3 days together to collectively challenge one another with dialogue focusing on such topics as the concept of individual responsibility, feeling separated from each other, wanting others to understand and what can be done to move awareness to action. c1995. 53 min. Video/C 4055.

Speaking in Tongues
Closely following four very different local public-schoolers through an academic year, the producers draw on subtle nuances of the kids' stories to illustrate the complex shades and permutations of bilingual schooling. Two children are placed in immersion programs to retain their native tongues while learning English, and the other two are in the reverse situation. Their parents list both familiar and surprising reasons for enrolling their children, but each remains a strong proponent of the programs despite criticism from extended family, friends and a loud chorus of English-only activists. Produced and directed by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider. 2009. 57 min. DVD X2124

Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol.
By exploring the college party scene, this documentary shows the difficulties students have in navigating a cultural environment saturated with messages about gender and alcohol. The film steps beyond an analysis of "binge drinking" to focus on techniques that alcohol marketers use to link the product to the fragile gender identities of young men and women, encouraging students to recognized the presence of alcohol propaganda and take back control of their own lives from cynical manipulators. c2004. 45 min. Video/C MM82
Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Students at the Center: A National Satellite Teleconference on School Reform
U.S. Department of Education; Regional Educational Laboratories. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 1998. Today's schools face multiple challenges--none more important than improving student learning in all of our schools. However, improved student learning does not happen by accident; it takes careful planning and draws on the wealth of research and expert practice on how student learning can be improved. This program features panels of noted educational researchers and practitioners discussing three critical elements required to transform schools for the benefit of student learning. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 6012

Summerhill at 70
In 1921, A.S. Neill founded Summerhill School as a self-governing community, a place where children would have complete freedom. This film explores Summerhill during its 70th year and how Summerhill children behave while left entirely to their own devices, looking at whether they spurn or take advantage of academic education offered, and explores whether a tribunal can be effective when the vote of a child and headmistress are equal. 1983. 52 min. Video/C 9911

Talking About Race.
A diverse group of college students reveal their honest feelings and attitudes about race and racism. In part 1, students from 3 major universities are interviewed alone on topics including the climate toward talking about race on campus, self separation of ethnic groups, discrimination, affirmative action policies and individual responsibility for change. In part 2, a diverse group of 23 students from 6 major American universities spend 3 days together to collectively challenge one another with dialogue focusing on such topics as the concept of individual responsibility, feeling separated from each other, wanting others to understand and what can be done to move awareness to action.c1994. 25 min. Video/C 4054. See Also: Skin Deep

Teaching in the Diverse Classroom.
The Center for Instructional Development and Research and Instructional Media Services, University of Washington. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington, c1993. Film presents an overview of instructional techniques suitable for college instructors when teaching an ethnically diverse student body. 37 min. Video/C 2862

Tech Prep: Developing Cooperative Programs & Partnerships.
Inservice Education Staff at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education Site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. [Macomb, IL: Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University]. The purpose of the teleconference was : 1) to acquaint the viewer with the Federal Guidelines for tech-prep programs, 2) to describe strategies for successful consortia, 3) to describe the role of business, industry and others in developing partnerships, and 4) to provide some research findings from the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California, Berkeley. Teleconference air date : October 29, 1991. 150 min. Video/C 2702

Testing Our Schools
President Bush's proposal for mandatory public school testing signals the beginning of a new era of public education, one marked by increased federal involvement in schools. Frontline examines how states decide what's important for students to know, what standardized tests really measure, and how the quest for higher scores in changing teaching and learning in America. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline on Mar. 28, 2002. 60 min. Video/C MM965

Testing, Testing, Testing
Poses 12 provocative questions covering the complex and controversial issues of measuring academic achievement and intelligence in children. Also takes a look at the ideas and practices behind testing in American schools and some alternatives to testing. Documentary originally aired as a segment in the television series, The Merrow report. 1997. 57 min. Video/C MM967

To Be and to Have (Etre et avoir)
At the center of this intimate and touching documentary is Georges Lopez - a remarkably devoted teacher in Auvergne, France who is responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11 in all their school subjects and life's lessons. Demonstrates how a teacher, if well trained, dedicated and sensitive to a child's educational and emotional needs, can hugely influence a generation of children at their most critical time of development. Director, Nicolas Philibert. 2004. 104 min. DVD 3178

Full Frame Documentary Festival - Jury Award
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Documentary

Too Important to Fail: Investigating the Alarming Dropout Rate of African American Males
Correspondent Tavis Smiley examines one of the most disturbing aspects of the education crisis facing America today - the increased high school dropout rate among black teenage males. With the school drop out rate among black boys approaching 50&percent;, this documentary surveys the causes of the problem and proposes solutions for it. Dist.: PBS. 2011. 60 min. DVD X7159

Tracking the Footprints of the Postsecondary Learner: Technology and Its Data Systems Ramifications
Prepared by Panel contributors for the Council of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Subcommitte on the Policy Panel on Technology. Washington, D.C. : National Center for Education Statistics, 1998. In a conference held in cooperation with George Washington University in August 1997, leading experts on technology-based instructional delivery in postsecondary education examine questions about the implications of multiple choices for learning and credentialing in a technology-rich society. With 13-page study guide. 28 min. Video/C 6014

Unequal Education.
The initial segment "Failing our children" focuses on inequality in the education available in rich and poor New York neighborhood schools. A group of four recently graduated high school students produced and reported this segment. Also includes Kathleen Hall Jamieson commenting on the 1992 Presidential campaign and a discussion between Jonathan Kazol and John Chubb on school vouchers. 1992. 57 min. Video/C 6877

Valuing Diversity.
A three part series to be used for inter-cultural training. c1987. Focuses on the work environment. Managing Differences 30 min. Video/C 1411; Diversity at Work 30 min. Video/C 1412 ; Communicating Across Cultures. 50 min. Video/C 1413 . All three tapes come with a manual.

Video Letter to the President: from Val Anderson, Larry Clark, Brandy Doniville, Michael Fontinot, Shyrheeta Parquet, [and] Maria Prescott
Six inner-city black high school students send a video letter to the President of the United States expressing their needs, ranging from basic educational resources, such as books and computers, to broader issues of safety and teachers who care. c1997. 9 min. Video/C MM828

Virtual Equality. (Digital Divide)
A documentary film examining the urgent need in inner cities for technology-centered education through home computer access, community technology centers, and schools -- properly funded and staffed. Also discussed is the use of computers as tools for higher education as opposed to merely being used as drill masters. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6208

Virtual Universities: California Style.(Fourth Annual Distance Learning Teleconference, sponsored by the CSU Commission on the Extended University, May 15, 1997)
Panel moderator: Robert Threlkeld (CSU, Fresno) Panel: Diane Vines (California Virtual University design team), Don Farish (Sonoma State, CSU/SAT Educational Satellite Board), Lynn Burton (CSU, Dean of Continuing Education), Jeri Hopkins (Humboldt State U., CSU-wide teacher education).

California is actively involved in planning a California Virtual University which will include 106 community colleges, the 23-campus California State University system, the nine campuses of the University of California, Stanford U., the University of Southern California and Cal Tech. Parallel to that effort, the Cal. State System is also planning a virtual university, designed to electronically provide CSU courseware from all the system's campuses. In this teleconference a panel of experts provides an up-to-the minute report on goals, progress, and potentials for these California-based virtual university efforts. It describes the types of courseware, delivery systems, and student support structures that are planned. 1997. 88 min. Video/C 4741

Vocational Education & Economic Development.
National Center for Research in Vocational Education in association with National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education. [Macomb, IL: Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University], c1989. The purpose of this teleconference is to stimulate the viewers to think about the ways in which vocational education can most efficiently and effectively contribute to the productivity of this country's work force. Teleconference air date : September 12, 1989. Video/C 2707

Waiting for Superman
Provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college, and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Special features: Optional audio feature commentary by director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott -- Changing the odds (ca. 6 min. ; a look at innovative programs that are changing public education) -- Updates (text feature listing changes which have taken place since the making of the film) -- A conversation with Davis Guggenheim -- The future is in our classrooms -- The making of "Shine" (the film's title track by musician John Legend) -- deleted scenes. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 2010. 111 min. DVD X5368

[John Searle]: What Should an Educated Person Know?
Should the traditional classics of western civilization be taught as the foundation of all our thought, or is it cultural elitism to ignore the contributions of women, minorities, and the third world? John Searle, philosopher and educator, discusses with Bill Moyers that education should accept significant works from other cultures, but they must meet a certain criteria. Originally broadcast in 1988 as an episode of the public television series: A world of ideas. 30 min. Video/C 6878

What's Race Got to Do with It?
This program "chronicles the experiences of a new generation of college students, in this case over the course of 16 weeks of intergroup dialogue on the U.C. Berkeley campus. As they confront themselves and each other about race, they discover they often lack awareness of how different their experience of campus life is from their peers, to the detriment of an inclusive campus climate. Special features (46 min.): Optional audio commentaries and excerpted interviews with Dave Stark & Jerlena Griffin-Destra (course goals & objectives, creating a space for dialogue, students' lives as the curriculum, course history : how conflict emerges, socioeconomic disparities, assessing the process, facing issues that arise). Written, directed and produced by Jean Cheng. 2006. 49 min. DVD 6626

Description from California Newsreel catalog

When Cultures Meet Face to Face: The Intercultural Experience.
A video training package to be used for intercultural training on college campuses. c1987. 29 min. Video/C 1487

Why is There an Achievement Gap Between African American and European American Students?: The Multiple Complexities Involved in Educating Students of Color
Carl A. Grant, author and researcher on multicultural education, discusses the gap in educational achievement between Causcasian and African Americanstudents in the United States. Lecture given October 30, 2003 at the Longaberger Golf Club, Nashport, Ohio. 77 min. Video/C MM148

The World in Claire's Classroom
A documentary examining how the veteran teacher, Claire Oglesby, addresses issues of respect, diversity and community building in her first and second grade classroom at the public school in WestminsterWest, Vermont. Each year, the whole school carries out an integrated, in-depth study of another culture which lasts for the entire second half of the school year, involving students, parents and community members. This year the focus is on the study of India. 2000?. 89 min. Video/C 7556

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