Bob Gliner, award winning documentary filmmaker, has produced documentaries in all parts of the world including his most recent:
Schools That Change Communities
While the classroom as a vehicle for educational success remains largely unchallenged, despite often questionable levels of achievement, a few public schools across the country are trying a different approach to engaging students in the learning process, using the communities and neighborhoods where students live as classrooms - creating not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. This documentary has the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.
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LEARNING FROM EL SALVADOR
El Salvador is a nation deeply connected to US policies that remains little understood by most Americans. Many Americans think of El Salvador as a country to be avoided because of the danger posed by violent gangs, fear the recent migration of Salvadorian children to US border regions and are afraid of its ties to other neighboring Latin American countries such as Venezuela. Yet recent changes to the country in the areas of education, health care, agriculture and democratic governance offer a different perspective with implications for helping us solve problems here at home. Narrated by Luis Valdez.
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A WHEELCHAIR FOR PETRONILIA - What happens to disabled people in developing nations? A wheelchair for Petronilia examines this issue by focusing on the efforts of Guatemala-based Transitions, a non-profit organization which builds and provides affordable wheelchairs for Guatemala's often rugged terrain. Coming to PBS stations Fall 2015. For more information transitionsfoundation.org/
Cuba On Its Own Terms
While the United States has recently reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba, it still maintains a damaging economic embargo. Cuba On Its Own Terms provides a very timely snapshot of life in Cuba as seen through the eyes of typical Cubans. Though many Americans see Cuba as a country whose values and way of life should be changed to become more like ours, perhaps there is much we can learn from Cuban attitudes and priorities. Coming to PBS stations Fall 2015.
Democracy Left Behind - Wonder why voters are not more informed about issues which underlie election campaigns? While schools should play a vital role their ability to serve a civic mission has been severely constrained by a narrowed curriculum and increasing focus on test scores. Democracy Left Behind, demonstrates how difficult it is for many students to understand what their education means in the larger context of the society and world they live in, while also showcasing alternative models.
Growing Up Green
Profiles a unique statewide, hands-on environmental education program in Michigan, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. For the very first time, both rural and urban schools across the state are working to increase academic performance by involving students in local efforts to improve the environments they inhabit. This coordinated statewide approach to "place-based education" presents a national model for increasing student engagement by making education more relevant, while also encouraging students to become lifelong stewards of the environment. Coming to PBS stations nationwide in April, 2014.
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Lessons From the Real World
- Learning to read, do math and other subjects happens when students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives.
This engaging documentary provides a first hand look at K-12 schools and classes that weave community and societal problem solving through their curriculum as a way of both preparing students for active participation in democratic society, as well as motivating them to learn basic skills as part of a meaningful educational experience. Read more and order online.
"Every member of Congress should be required to watch this film."
Education for What? - Learning social responsibility follows some of the thousands of college students who work to solve community problems as part of their regular curriculum and examines the impact of this learning strategy on students, the community, and the ability to engage a new generation of citizens. Read more and order online.
TIME FRENZY - Examines the social and ethical consequences of the increasingly fast pace of life, particularly in high tech centers like Silicon Valley. Aired August, 1999 on KTEH (PBS, San Jose, CA). Distributed to other PBS stations, November, 1999. Distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences.