On October 25, CREC will launch the first-of-its-kind education film series at Spotlight Theater in Hartford with a free screening of The Curators of Dixon School. Each event in the series will begin with a light reception at 5:00 pm, followed by the film screening at 6:00 pm, and at the culmination of the movie, a question and answer session with the directors or subjects of the film.
The three –film series includes: The Curators of Dixon School on October 25th; Who Cares about Kelsey on November 14th; and American Promise on December 12th. Join the film directors and subjects of these three award-winning films as they watch and discuss the movies that tell their stories of educational sacrifice, dedication, and struggle. All three films highlight compelling stories about children overcoming educational and social challenges and the innovative educational practices that were used to help them find success.
The series, developed by CREC’s Institute of Teaching and Learning, is a public service project to encourage sustained dialogue about educational topics. The sponsoring agencies expect educators, officials, parents, and community members from across the state to attend the showcase and participate in thought-provoking follow-up conversations about education in our state and beyond.
The series is generously sponsored by Travelers, the University of Saint Joseph, Lothrop Books, and the Connecticut Humanities Council. Admission to the first event is free. Seating is limited and is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets for the November 14th and December 12th events are $20 per person.
Tickets can be reserved online for at: http://www.crec.org/foundation/spotlight. Cash or check only at the door.
FREE EVENT: Friday, October 25: The Curator of Dixon School film screening, including a question and answer forum moderated by the film's director and the title school's principal. The Curator of Dixon School is a powerful story about a school where art plays a fundamental role in the daily curriculum and education of students. Written and directed by Pamela Sherrod Anderson, The Curators of Dixon School proves that art, at the heart of education, makes a difference.Thursday, November 14: Who Cares About Kelsey? film screening, including a questions and answer forum moderated by the film's central subject, Kelsey Carroll. Who Cares About Kelsey? This film makes viewers reconsider the children who were labeled as "problem kids" in their own high schools and sparks conversations about how education can empower -- not overpower -- our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the high school experience of Kelsey Carroll. When she entered high school, Kelsey was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than for graduation. The movie follows Kelsey through the ups and downs of her high school career and highlights the school-wide overhaul that gave Kelsey a chance at a different outcome. Thursday, December 12: American Promise film screening, including a question and forum moderated by the film's directors. American Promise provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. Over 12 years, the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation.