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Future Teachers Learn about the Realities of Teaching at SOE "TEACH" Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, December 18, 2014

InDavis Guggenheim’s third documentary, TEACH, he shows the “struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds, and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers.”  The School of Education, in coordination with Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, hosted a screening and panel discussion of “TEACH” for all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as SJU alumni. The documentary focuses on four public school classrooms throughout the 2012–13 academic year.  It shows the conventional and unconventional methods teachers employ to help their students overcome academic and personal obstacles as they strive for success. 

 The film itself prompted much discussion between the panel members, which included Mirella Avalos-Louie, Ed.D., director of field experience; , Kenneth Mansmann, adjunct professor and New York City lead literary specialist/teacher , and SJU alumnus and TESOL specialist for the Carle Place Schools, Michelle Ortiz Rusinyak ’91TCB.  Each panelist discussed the realistic nature of the film and how the teaching profession is about being passionate and engaged with one’s students, even in the face of uncontrollable adversity.  According to the moderator, Abigail Jewkes, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction, "The TEACH screening provided a wonderful opportunity for School of Education students, alumni, and faculty to come together and discuss the realities of teaching today."

The School of Education will screen TEACH annually to introduce SJU students to the true nature of teaching and to highlight why we need the best and brightest for the profession.