Avoda Arts is proud to partner with Facing History and Ourselves, the renowned organization that helps students learn about anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice so they can prevent it from hapening in the future. Our dramatic short film, PIGEON, continues to be a featured resource of Facing History's unique lending library, which reaches a network of more than 90,000 educators worldwide.

 

REEL LEARNING FAQ

 

1. For what age groups are the films appropriate?

2. Other than in the classroom, where else can I use the films?

3. Could you tell me more about the Educator Resource Guides?

4. Do you offer teacher-training?

5. How long is a teacher-training session? How much does it cost?

6. Why does the film and guide cost $95?

7. How much is a replacement guide?

 

For what age groups are the films appropriate?

 


The films in the RL library cover a wide range of audiences. Some of the films are geared to middle & high school students. Some of the films, because of more sophisticated content, are intended for high school and college groups. All of the films have been used effectively in adult settings.



Other than in the classroom, where else can I use the films?


We believe the films are ideal for a variety of educational settings. In fact, we are continually encouraging educators to discover new ways to use our films to meet their educational needs.

  • The Foundation for Jewish Camping trained its senior counselor staff in how to use film more productively in camp settings.
  • The films are being used by Hillels on college campuses as a student engagement tool.
  • JCCs have screened the films as part of a special “Short Film” series.
  • Synagogues have used the films as part of their adult education programs and they have been used as a part of numerous teacher-trainings.
  • The films and guides are great for parents or grandparents who wish to engage their children at home. Watching a short film with a child is just as exciting as reading a story with one. The guide's discussion questions and activities are very easy to use at home.
At the end of the day, we would like to think the possibilities to use the films and guides are endless.



Could you tell me more about the Educator Resource Guides?


The guides are not meants to be an exhaustive curriculum, but rather a flexible tool for connecting the film with your are of interest. We encourage you to use those pieces that are more appropriate for your goals and most relevant to the needs of your participants. The discussion questions and extension activities are designed to provide maximum flexibility, depending on how an educator/facilitator is integrating the film into his/her curriculum unit. Some teachers choose to focus on the discussion questions. Others make the most of the extension activities, which provide rich opportunities for independent research, group projects, and creative exploration of the film’s content.



Do you offer teacher-training?


We offer a variety of professional development opportunities for educators, from foundational workshops on using film and video more productively in the classroom, to more intensive programs focused on integrating the arts (from visual arts to media arts, to performing arts) into Jewish education. The workshops are led by our team of educators with expertise in curriculum development and arts integration.



How long is a teacher-training session? How much does it cost?


We’ve facilitated ½-day sessions, full-day workshops, and more intensive multi-day programs. Call us for pricing information. (We will work within a school’s budget to deliver the best workshop possible.)



Why does the film and guide cost $95?


The cost is the result of a number of factors. Whereas many educational film distributors charge $75 to $100 just for a film rental, which typically doesn’t include any kind of companion learning materials, the purchase price of a RL film and guide offers a school unlimited classroom use of the film & guide. As a non-profit organization we are not selling these films for financial gain. The RL materials are priced well below what the commercial media companies charge (PBS, etc.) for DVDs and accompanying learning materials. Most of the money earned from our film sales goes directly to further program development. Lastly, we pay our filmmakers a royalty fee for their participation in this film series. A portion of the proceeds from an institutional sale goes directly back to our emerging filmmakers.



How much is a replacement guide?


Replacement Educator Guides are available for $20.

 

 

Beyond Reel Learning, Avoda Arts offers a variety of arts-based curriculum programs.