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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Course of One's Life (Curriculum Vitae) (WORLD PREMIERE)

The Course of One's Life (Curriculum Vitae)

A photoessay / letter to my family on the first 39 years of my life set to a soundtrack of original compositions.

This version contains a couple of edits per audience feedback (Thanks, Aunt Cynthia!).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hail To The Chief (Barack Obama) (WORLD PREMIERE)

Hail To The Chief (Barack Obama) (WORLD PREMIERE)

A photoessay chronicling the January 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of The United States.

KnowledgeBase Video Catalog (2002-2007)

Johnny (August 2002)

"Johnny" is a didactic poem that I wrote to explain the mission and focus of KnowledgeBase. I wrote it to resolve frustration I was experiencing with resistance from all the schools and organizations with whom I was trying to partner. This film captures my first live performance of "Johnny" (or any of my other writing). It is a metaphor of me conquering my fears of not being taken seriously as an engineer-turned-educator - with my snickering KnowledgeBase Summer Academy students representing the world at large.

The Student's Pledge (February 2007)

An affirmation of purpose and power offered to the students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and board of governors of Tech High School (http://www.techhighschool.org), a startup charter school in Atlanta, GA.

2006-2007 Student Activities Report

2006-2007 was Tech High's third year of existence. Help us celebrate with this commemorative video!

Wisdom Earned Through Lessons Learned (WORLD PREMIERE)

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As educators, we are often guilty of trying to teach lessons we have not yet learned well enough.

On one fateful afternoon in February 2005, I was reminded that to experience is to learn once, but to teach is to learn twice.

The pictures tell the story of a boys' mentoring group a colleague and I started in October 2004. We would periodically challenge the boys to teach each other lessons that they were responsible for preparing. On one Saturday, one of the young men taught me how to play chess. His lesson was one of the single most brilliant recollections of my career as an educator.

On this day in February 2005, a student was to teach on The Legend of Willie Lynch. He did not prepare for his lesson on this racially charged matter, and proceeded to "fake it" in a rather inflammatory manner. We had invited our principal to witness our meeting that day.

My colleague then jumped in to "clean up" the lesson, and probably made things just a bit worse.

During and after that moment I realized the irrevocable damage we could do to the minds we care so much about developing when we expose them to light that we ourselves have not yet seen.

I photographed the entire event, even though I felt like I was documenting my own funeral. We survived that day, though, and were made better for having learned the hard lesson.

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