Middle & High School Education Program

The REACT to FILM middle & high school elective course is a semester long curricula that leverages the best social-issue films to expose students to today’s critical issues, to teach media literacy and promote civic engagement in classroom discussion with peers and teachers, and to inspire them to find their own voice on matters of universal civic importance.

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America’s democratic system demands a well-informed, engaged and civic-minded citizenry, yet our society today is failing like never before in producing these kinds of citizens.

Recently America ranked 139th out of 172 democracies in voter participation, only 10% of citizens have contacted a public official during the year, 2/3rds can’t name the 3 branches of government, 1/3rd can’t name the VP, and only 8% of HS seniors can list responsibilities of citizenship.

Preliminary research shows that students exposed to robust civic engagement learning programs – like the REACT to FILM curriculum – are more likely to develop critical thinking skills, earn better grades, graduate from HS, enroll and graduate from college on time — and all while gaining a commitment to civic problem solving (Dávila & Mora, 2007; Northup & Brown, 2010; Brownell & Swaner, 2010).

This high school elective film course helps prepare students for informed, engaged participation in the civic and democratic life of their communities, states and nation — which is essential and consistent with the goals of increasing student achievement and closing the achievement gap.

Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the REACT to FILM course is carefully designed to be totally non-partisan, and to cover areas such as bias and media literacy.

Each film/issue unit is full of content knowledge, but promotes civic engagement by ending with an action campaign element, so students learn to be active citizens.

The course includes multiple types of formative assessments, easy ways to differentiate instruction, and an emphasis on the Common Core speaking, listening, and writing standards. The metrics used to measure success are pre and post course surveys, as well as a comprehensive rubric to assess each student’s final paper or project.

Precedence is given to schools that serve socio-economically disadvantaged and minority students.

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  • Give the gift education: Today is #GivingTuesday! We are raising funds to sponsor REACT to FILM at a NYC public school, please consider giving to RTF this year to help us reach our goal. Educate & engage the youth of tomorrow!!! Donate here http://bit.ly/2fIK30f #rtfgivingtuesday #education #socialjustice #socialchange #documentaryfilm #youth #civicengagement #reacttofilm

    reacttofilm: "Give the gift education: Today is #GivingTuesday! We are raising funds to sponsor REACT to FILM at a NYC public school, please consider giving to RTF this year to help us reach our goal. Educate & engage the youth of tomorrow!!! Donate here http://bit.ly/2fIK30f #rtfgivingtuesday #education #socialjustice #socialchange #documentaryfilm #youth #civicengagement #reacttofilm"
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  • The SUNY New Paltz REACT to FILM chapter screened AFTER SPRING, the chilling documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis. One student said "After Spring shows a humanitarian viewpoint, which is very important because in American media we just see it as something that is going on in the background." #sunynewpaltz #reacttofilm #afterspring #refugees #zaatari #afterspringfilm

    reacttofilm: "The SUNY New Paltz REACT to FILM chapter screened AFTER SPRING, the chilling documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis. One student said "After Spring shows a humanitarian viewpoint, which is very important because in American media we just see it as something that is going on in the background." #sunynewpaltz #reacttofilm #afterspring #refugees #zaatari #afterspringfilm"
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  • We are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing exhibit with @streetdreamsmag @hudson_guild and @highlinenyc around the incredibly powerful new @hbodocs film Class Divide! Check out student photography all weekend long at the Highline's 14th St. underpass. #highlinenyc #classdivide #hbodocs #hudsonguild #streetdreamsmag #reacttofilm

    reacttofilm: "We are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing exhibit with @streetdreamsmag @hudson_guild and @highlinenyc around the incredibly powerful new @hbodocs film Class Divide! Check out student photography all weekend long at the Highline's 14th St. underpass. #highlinenyc #classdivide #hbodocs #hudsonguild #streetdreamsmag #reacttofilm"
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  • Thank you to everyone who attended the RTF screening of HBO's "A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness" directed by the incredible Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy pictured here. Together we can use the power of film to change lives. A huge thanks to our partner The Common Good and co-hosts Paola Bacchini & Jill Fitzburgh. #reacttofilm #thecommongood #hbo #womensrightsarehumanrights #humanrights #pakistan #sharmeenochinoy #socfilms

    reacttofilm: "Thank you to everyone who attended the RTF screening of HBO's "A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness" directed by the incredible Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy pictured here. Together we can use the power of film to change lives. A huge thanks to our partner The Common Good and co-hosts Paola Bacchini & Jill Fitzburgh. #reacttofilm #thecommongood #hbo #womensrightsarehumanrights #humanrights #pakistan #sharmeenochinoy #socfilms"
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  • We're honored to spend the evening with PBS American Experience, Eric Schlosser and Robert Kenner to screen and discuss their new nonfiction thriller, Command and Control. #nonukes #nucleararms #nuclear #nuclearblast #nuclearbomb #titan2missile #robertkenner #ericschlosser #commandandcontrol #pbsamericanexperience #reacttofilm

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  • Tonight at 7pm! @reacttofilm is screening #ElectoralDysfunction starring Mo Rocca in partnership with @southamptonartscenter and media sponsor @beach_magazine. Film director Bennett Singer and author Victoria Bassetti will be there for Q&A!! The screening coincides with the current SAC exhibition @icp "Winning the White House." #MoRocca #southampton #reacttofilm #summeratSAC #beachmagazine #election2016 #modernluxury

    reacttofilm: "Tonight at 7pm! @reacttofilm is screening #ElectoralDysfunction starring Mo Rocca in partnership with @southamptonartscenter and media sponsor @beach_magazine. Film director Bennett Singer and author Victoria Bassetti will be there for Q&A!! The screening coincides with the current SAC exhibition @icp "Winning the White House." #MoRocca #southampton #reacttofilm #summeratSAC #beachmagazine #election2016 #modernluxury"
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    reacttofilm: "This Thursday at 7pm!! @reacttofilm will be hosting a screening of #ElectoralDysfunction in partnership with @southamptonartscenter and media sponsor @beach_magazine. The screening coincides with the current SAC exhibition @icp "Winning the White House." #southampton #reacttofilm #summeratSAC #beachmagazine #election2016"
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