Teachers look to film to foster critical thinking

Critical viewing, a foundation of film literacy, is more than just putting on a movie or showing the film adaptation of a novel. Like critical reading, it’s a way of analyzing the components of a text and the choices made during its creation—key emphases of the Common Core Standards. A group of educators participated in a five-day intensive “film camp” through Facets Multimedia, a nonprofit arts organization in Chicago.

More hurdles to earn teaching license

Several local schools of education are among those in 25 states piloting a new evaluation system for teacher candidates that will require them to compile a portfolio of work–including video clips of their classroom teaching—to earn a teaching license. The Teacher Performance Assessment, or TPA, is similar to the portfolio assessment that teachers must compile to earn National Board certification.