Our Work is Not Done
The volunteer team of story developers and producers behind the award winning Black women filmmakers of Color of Autumn, is now reaching out to those passionate about racial justice to help fund the creation of training materials to accompany the viewing and discussion of COA inside the classroom. Once created, these materials will provide teachers with age-appropriate ways to view COA inside the classroom, AND spark crucial and engaging class discussions around race in America which will lead to action.
COA AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL
Listening to the response from focus groups, educators and DEI leaders, it became clear that the COA should be developed into a school curriculum so that it could have a broader reach. Our team realized this impactful short film could serve as an educational companion and tool to aid teachers and students in classroom discussions about race and racism, and what to do about it.
Specifically, COA will become an educational tool to empower teachers in the classroom who want training and support materials to engage younger students in empathy-led discussions around hate speech. We believe this is needed now, more than ever.
This film is needed in schools now. And we need your support to create this curriculum.
What Philanthropic Funding Will Support
We have been collaborating with anti-bias educator Marissa McGee to create training materials for teachers and classroom curriculum materials for students, as a companion piece to view COA the short film and engage in meaningful discussion around its subject matter. This curriculum will be designed with young students in mind (4th-7th graders).
Once developed, these materials will be piloted in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto and the Menlo Park City School District as well as some key target markets. Other intended places we are pursuing for pilots include Chicago (where the origin story takes place) Florida, Texas, etc.
School curriculum is a timely and highly debated issue in the press and throughout communities across the United States. Black history–which is American history–is being threatened with suppression; being rewritten to follow an alternative, racist narrative; and/or being erased all together. In telling the story of Young Dottie’s first experience with racism, The Color of Autumn hopes to help school-aged children recognize racist harm when they see and hear it, and foster discussion (via supporting educational materials) to come up with age-appropriate strategies to address racism in their midst.
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