This guest blog is written by Stephanie Miller, of Summit Bank & Trust, for our our 30 day Pay-It-Forward Initiative. We’re featuring small businesses and non-profits nominated by our community throughout the month of December. Want to make a nomination? It’s not too late!
Movies and television are such prevalent sources of entertainment in our society, but what are the messages and meanings behind the images we’re taking in every day? That’s the question Laurie Chin Sayres wants students to ask. Laurie founded Labragirl Film Project with a passion to “support teachers who want to help students move from unconsciously consuming media images to thinking critically about the way media images shape the way they see the world.” Labragirl also helps teachers who believe in the importance of critical thinking but feel constrained by the increasing standardization of the educational system and are looking for ways to bring creativity and inspiration back into their classrooms. Labrigirl does this by bringing media and film literacy to subjects like history, social studies, language arts, English, and humanities. Why is this so important? As Laurie says, “In a society saturated with media images, it’s crucial that we provide students with the tools to process what they experience… Together, we can reach them.”
Looking for ways to support Labragirl’s vision for engaging students in the educational process? Introductions via email to middle & high school educators, K-12 administrators, and parents of kids in charter schools are extremely helpful (these can be anywhere in the United States, location is not an issue.) Introductions can be made to Laurie at Laurie@LabragirlFilmProject.org.