School Play: A Professional Development Package (DVD)
Knowing and Nurturing ChildrenEyepop Productions
One of the biggest challenges for those who plan professional development is to design experiences that are engaging and relevant to all K–12 educators, given the diversity of roles within that group. School Play touches everyone. A funny, authentic, and often poignant documentary about a production of The Wizard of Oz in a suburban New York City elementary school, this video follows five fifth-graders from auditions through opening night.
Here is how a public school in Waterville, Maine is using School Play to bring the school community together at the beginning of the year:
Download the portion of the 44-page professional development guide that deals with the scene in this clip:
Listen to an interview with literacy specialist Jen Allen, just recorded this week, on how her district is using School Play to kick off the new year with the entire staff: