How is the FWB Curriculum implemented?
FWB provides all FWB Fellows with a robust curriculum and detailed lesson plans to be taught on a daily basis (MT/W/Th/F). Each month, FWB classrooms focus on developing a particular filmmaking/storytelling skill and iterating on the ideas and concepts from the preceding months. Every lesson plan includes detailed learning goals, hands-on activities, reflection/discussion questions, homework assignments, and more. All FWB Fellows are responsible for adhering to the American Anthropological Association‘s code of ethics when engaging with FWB students and their respective communities.
What do the students create?
In addition to the wide range of skills-building activities included in the lesson plans, FWB students also complete 15+ classroom projects over the course of the academic year. Projects range from short documentary/narrative films to stop motion animation, PSAs, interactive projects, and more. In the final month of the Fellowship, students produce an in-country film festival to showcase these 15+ projects to their local community.
How does FWB develop its curriculum?
All FWB Curriculum and lesson plans have been developed in consultation with certified NYC DOE teachers. Additionally, all curriculum is directly aligned with the the US Common Core Curriculum Standards, the NYC DOE’s Blueprint for the Moving Image art education standards, and the International Society for Technology Education curriculum standards.
How does FWB ensure its curriculum is culturally sustainable?
At FWB, we do not believe that one size fits all and therefore strive to develop dynamic, engaging, and culturally-specific activities and lesson plans that truly incorporate the interests and issues facing the communities and cultures with which we work. Additionally, Fellows are expected to be responsive to the specific needs of their students and to continually identify unique teaching techniques, project ideas, and media resources that help each and every student engage in media literacy and media production in a way that resonates with their students’ lived experience.