The Art of Filmmaking in the Classroom

Sessions 1 & 2: Grades 3-6

Come discover how to harness the transformative potential of filmmaking and digital storytelling to improve teaching practice and increase student engagement. By sharing compelling youth-produced media, SHIFT resources and engaging you in a digital media skill-building activity, Utah Film Center's Education Director, Suzi Montgomery, will demonstrate how filmmaking combined with intentionally designed lesson plans can increase positive learning behaviors and provide opportunities for students to acquire, apply, and build upon their core content knowledge.

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Suzi Montgomery is an educator and journalist with over a decade of experience. For seven years she served as the Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, a creative tutoring and mentoring center focused on customized learning models. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in French Literature and Teaching from the University of Utah. Her lifelong work in journalism and the documentary arts serves to tie together her diverse experience and interests in science and education: she is currently the Senior Producer of Science Questions (SQ) Radio- a science radio show on Utah Public Radio, and the Program Director for SHIFT, originally an independent non-profit and now a part of the Education Department (FilmEDU) at the Utah Film Center, working to support other educators integrating filmmaking and the digital media arts into classrooms across the Wasatch Front.