Utah Film Center Statewide Education Programming: School Year 2018-19

Utah Film Center’s Media Education programs introduce students and teachers to the power of film as a teaching resource and improve students’ media literacy through film screenings, discussions, workshops, and classroom lessons that will increase student engagement, comprehension, and critical thinking while supporting core curriculum requirements for arts education.

This school year our Media Education team is presenting free opportunities throughout the state for teacher professional development, in-classroom presentations, and field trips.  Learn more about the classes and activities offered below.


SHIFT Digital Media Arts Teacher Professional Development

Through My Lens: Personalizing Social Studies through Documentary

An intensive professional development initiative to train social studies educators (grades 4-12) to facilitate the production of student-produced documentaries into history, civics, humanities, and social sciences curricula.

Teacher Incentives:

  • Comprehensive, standards-linked filmmaking curriculum manual that includes five filmmaking genre units and lesson plans, assessment rubrics, thumb drives containing youth-produced media & instructional videos demonstrating filmmaking concepts, and other additional resources
  • 2.0 USBE credit or 30 hours relicensure professional development credit
  • Partial Educational Technology Endorsement (9 of 18 credits)
  • Access to online resources and support
  • One-year Utah Film Center membership

Upcoming Dates:

  • Initial two-day workshop: October 5 & 6, 2018 | 8:30am – 4:30pm
    Venue: The University of Utah – Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex
  • On-site school media arts project implementation customized per teacher team; TBD @ initial workshop in October

Filmmaking in the Classroom

The Filmmaking in the Classroom workshops are two-day fully-funded workshops for educators and community youth leaders grades 4-12 interested in incorporating filmmaking and storytelling into instructional content.

Teacher Incentives:

  • Two days of hands-on, direct instruction
  • Comprehensive, standards-linked filmmaking curriculum manual that includes five filmmaking genre units and lesson plans, assessment rubrics, thumb drives containing youth-produced media, instructional videos demonstrating filmmaking concepts, and other additional resources
  • Access to online resources and support
  • 1.0 USBE credit or 15 hours relicensure professional development credit for eligible participants

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Filmmaking in the Classroom: Iron County–Cedar City
    November 14-15, 2018 l 8:30am – 4:30pm l Venue: SUU campus
  • Filmmaking in the Classroom: Salt Lake City
    January 11-12, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:30pm | Venue: TBD
  • Filmmaking in the Classroom: Uintah County–Vernal
    March 8-9, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:30pm | Venue: Maeser Training Center (1049 N 2500 W)

*Registration will open in July 2018.

Film Spark: Documentaries Worth Discussing
A documentary collection of films with accompanying study guides for grades 6-12 to initiate meaningful classroom discussions and activities around topics relevant to young people today. This is an accredited program available to teachers to use in the classroom. The documentaries and corresponding curriculum materials are constructed to help deepen STEM content learning, enhance STEM literacy, and excite students about potential STEM careers.

For your school to receive a Film Spark Volume II manual, contact Film Spark Program Director Rick Wray at rwray@utahfilmcenter.org and plan to attend one of the workshops below.

Teacher Incentives:

  • Workshop training
  • Volume of 12 STEM-related documentaries with accompanying standards-linked study guides
  • Relicensure PD credit for attending the Film Spark workshop
  • Access to online resources and support

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 | Times TBA | St. George (Venue TBA)
  • Saturday, March 1, 2019 | 9:30am – 1pm | Ecker Hill Middle School – Park City
  • Monday, March 2, 2019 | 9:30am – 1pm | Salt Lake City Main Library – Salt Lake City

In Your Classroom
The In Your Classroom program helps students develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression to competently apply literacy skills to media and technology.

For the 2018-19 school year, we are launching Moving Stories, a K-12 immersive media (VR/AR) interactive presentation, where one of our professional artists takes your students on an exploration of new dimensions of storytelling, using virtual and augmented reality. We will also continue to offer our popular Behind the Animation presentation, sending a professional animator to your classroom to lead students grades 3-12 through the creative process of making an animated film.

Upcoming opportunities:

  • Touring Salt Lake and surrounding area classrooms
    • All presentations: Sept 2018 – June 2019
  • Touring Millard, Beaver, Iron, Washington school district classrooms
    • Behind the Animation presentations: November 12–16, 2018
    • Moving Stories presentations: March 2019
  • Touring Park City, South Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne, Daggett & Uintah school district classrooms
    • Moving Stories: November 12–16, 2018
    • Behind the Animation: March 2019

Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips
Offering free film screenings for youth at prominent venues, accompanied by a director or professional artist-led Q&A and study guides to promote critical thinking and give students a film festival experience.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 4-6, 2019 | Salt Lake City’s Library Square and Adobe’s Utah Campus in Lehi

Major Funding and Support Provided By

POPS connects professional arts organizations’ education programs with schools, teachers, and administrators across the state. Our unified goal is to provide critical arts learning experiences with professional artists for students and teachers, an effort that supports the state’s core arts standards and presents equalized arts education opportunities to all Utah schools.

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