Multiple Intelligences drawing by one of our form 1 students
As an English Language Arts instructor in both middle and high schools for the past ten years, I can tell you how big a problem this is. When I was working in Brooklyn, my fellow teachers and I were always tearing our hair out trying to find engaging novels where our students would see themselves reflected in the protagonists. It was hard and it’s become even harder today.
Finding a book featuring someone of color was hard for me during middle school as well. Finding one now I would have to say is hard unless I specifically search for it.
You already know that April 24th is the national premiere of our two newest REAL DEAL films – Speechless from Cleveland, OH and The Tale of Timmy Two Chins from Brooklyn, NY – and we hope that you will join us at the Edison Ballroom as we bring together 350 leaders in entertainment, media, finance, education, youth development and philanthropy to celebrate the power of stories.
But even if you can’t be in the room, you can still join the celebration!
Thanks to four amazing partners, our films will be made available to the largest potential audience that we have ever imagined!
Here’s the details (all times EDT):
- SHOWTIME SHOWCASE – April 24th 8:00pm
- NYC Media – April 24th 8:30pm
As “Spoken Stories Special”
Saturday, 4/27 at 10:00pm
Sunday, 4/28 at 12:00pm
Tuesday, 4/30 at 4:30pm
- SNAGFILMS – April 24th, streaming on http://www.snagfilms.com/films/browse/category/scenarios_usa_inc
- MUN2 – Saturday, April 27th 9:00am
Check your local listings
Join the conversation with #scenarios424 - we can’t wait to hear what you think!
For all the info about the Premiere & Gala, be sure to check out www.scenariosusa.org/gala2013
There are risks to kids using the Internet… period. Having said that, the Internet is not going away, and Facebook seems to be working very hard to figure out how to keep kids safe online. That is great news, but at the end of the day, there are natural limitations to what Facebook can do given…
Desmond has a secret he cannot share with anyone. His grades are slipping, rumors are swirling and he feels powerless, especially when he sees his sister being hurt too. With the support of his father and a new friend, Desmond is able to tell his story of being sexually assaulted and end the cycle of abuse. Desmond regains his power when he uses his voice.
Speechless examines sexual assault and recovery through power / powerlessness, empathy, communication, and gender stereotypes.
Speechless was written by Roxanne Lasker-Hall when she was a junior at the Cleveland School of the Arts, in Cleveland, OH and directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight and Jennifer’s Body).
Timmy wants nothing more than to catch the eye of his high school crush. Teased at school for being “Timmy Two Chins,” his weight makes him feel unmanly and invisible. A big mistake forces him to take a hard look at himself. Being manly and powerful is not about muscles, Timmy realizes, it begins with appreciating himself and the people around him.
The Tale of Timmy Two Chins examines body image, weight issues and gender stereotypes through friendship, family, determination, self-esteem, grief, and peer pressures, including bullying and shaming.
Written by Luis Hernandez when he was a junior at the Brooklyn High School for Collaborative Studies in Brooklyn, NY and directed by Nancy Savoca (True Love and Union Square).
add your voice, tell us what you’ll do to end sexual violence!