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Once Upon A Time: Film as a Narrative Springboard for Investigating Race and Racism

Once Upon A Time: Film as a Narrative Springboard for Investigating Race and Racism
March 24, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades 1-12, Professional Development


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The power of films to engage a classroom of students will come as no surprise to most educators. This is because at their core, films are stories produced in a highly effective format for allowing rapid processing of complex narratives. As a story form, films are emotionally absorbing, thought provoking, and can enhance learning, all while still being entertaining. But how can educators utilize this tool for change? Transformative learning—learning that brings about change—does not happen in a vacuum. It is more complex than lesson plans, worksheets, or passive learning.

Join DoGoodery to learn how to use films in the classroom to foster transformative learning and facilitate learners connecting what is learned to what is felt, which is a key component of transformative learning and behavior change. Using three Original Amazon films and wraparound content developed by educators, you will learn to utilize film as a story form to create an immersive and emotive learning landscape for learners to investigate race and racism. Dr. Lee will also share learning materials/resources designed for engaging students in active and transformative learning.

Check out the story resources and materials and a short featurette on Pauli Murray before you join us!

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Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Educational Organization / Business Professional

NaJuana Lee is a lifelong learner who believes that an ethic of care in education is a moral imperative, a social responsibility, and a pedagogical necessity. NaJuana (Nancy + Juan pronounced NAH WHAH-nuh) has over a decade of education experience designing engaging and innovative learning solutions for both secondary and post-secondary learners. NaJuana has taught Art Education at the University of Georgia, as well as TAG, Advanced Placement (AP) Art History and AP Studio Art, and Career Tech Courses in Animation and Computer Science in the Fulton County School (FCS) district in Atlanta, GA. During her tenure at FCS she served on the School Governance Council and the Leadership Team at Chattahoochee HS. NaJuana is the recipient of numerous academic and national awards including the University of Georgia’s Excellence in Research Award, Dissertation Completion Fellow Award, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, the Graduate School Dean's Award, and the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts Graduate Student Research Award. She has been nominated twice as Teacher of the Year. She is a published author and consults in areas of arts curriculum development, digital discernment, culturally responsive teaching, social justice, personalized learning, and online learning.

As the Director of Education at DoGoodery, NaJuana analyzes learners’ needs and aligns them to defined learning objectives. She believes in building the learning framework, content and program around learners’ prior knowledge and interests to develop meaningful, engaged, and impactful learning. For over a decade, NaJuana worked as a Subject Matter Expert, developing curriculum and content for the Walt Disney Company. While in the role of Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, she joined a team of professors developing educational games and content for Disney’s Club Penguin and Disney’s Connected Learning. On this team, she collaboratively developed the #2 ranked learning game of all time for Club Penguin, Pufflescape, which grossed over 80,000,000 plays its introductory year! She has also worked with the DisneyNature film team to create interdisciplinary educators’ guides for the past 12 years. These guides were used in both formal and informal learning spaces with an impact worldwide. Over 500,000 teachers globally downloaded and utilized these educator guides. NaJuana has presented and lead workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally. She continues to publish, present, consult and create learning content. Client list includes Amazon Films, Journeys In Film, Untold History, All We Can Save, Atlanta Public Schools, Harvard’s Project Zero, and the Getty Museum of Art.

NaJuana’s dissertation, and subsequent publications, focus on transformative art education pedagogy as a means of addressing implicit and explicit racism in educational settings. The research investigated the influence of arts learning on the malleability of art educator’s racial attitudes and its impact on their cultural understandings in the classroom.

In her free time, you can find NaJuana fishing with her husband, gardening, cooking, or playing with their dogs, Pickles and Pepper.

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VP of Learning, Strategy, and Development, DoGoodery

Dr. Lizabeth Fogel is the Vice President, Learning, Strategy and Development at DoGoodery, LLC. She has decades of successful experience in learning content development, educational media, and business. Prior to moving to DoGoodery Lizabeth was the Managing Director of USC Center EDGE (Engagement Drive Global Education). The Center for Engagement-Driven Global Education (EDGE) fuels interdisciplinary partnerships to bring relevant, sustainable innovation to scale in the crucial area of educational engagement. From 2007 until 2016 she was the Director of Education for The Walt Disney Company, focused particularly on serving: Imagineering, Studios (including Pixar) and Corporate Citizenship. She played a critical role advising and guiding multiple business units on developmental milestones and educational (formal and informal) best practices. Lizabeth’s success comes from her ability to reach across business units and seamlessly integrate external partners into a collaborative, shared vision. She was responsible for the creative vision, integrity, and educational validity of the company’s products and programs. This includes, but is not limited to, the Disneynature Educators’ Guides, Shanghai Disneyland Resort informal learning experiences, outreach content and programs for a variety of films (ex. Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Inside Out, Big Hero 6) and Pixar in a Box, a collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy. Annually these materials reach approximately 400,000 students nationwide and receive around 4 million general audience impressions. Lizabeth’s leadership extends well beyond her education and corporate work. She is the Chair of the National Board for the American Camp Association. Additionally, she is a member of the boards for two for-profit companies; Participate Learning and Makematic who develop innovative tools and content for educators and learners on a global scale. She has cultivated a world-class network comprised of individuals with an array of expertise that she leverages in innovative ways by working within interdisciplinary teams. Lizabeth taught at the elementary and university levels for over fifteen years. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology and organizational leadership and two master’s degrees in elementary education and developmental psychology from Pepperdine University.





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My Name Is Pauli Murray | Educational Featurette - Intersectionality
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2 Reviews
Time well spent
Nice resources to use with students. Nice discussion guides are offered.
Kathryn Fairbanks
March 31, 2022
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