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Prospect Fellows Working at Bailey/Howe July 14-18

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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The third cohort of Prospect Fellows have gathered at Bailey/Howe this week to study the Prospect Archive of Children’s Work. Their residency is supported by the Prospect School and Center for Education and Research Fund, managed by UVM Special Collections.

The Prospect School in North Bennington, Vermont developed a methodology that allowed teachers to document children’s growth and learning. Prospect sponsored summer institutes, seminars and conferences for teachers who spread the school’s descriptive processes well beyond the North Bennington campus. In 2006, UVM Special Collections received the Prospect Archives as well as funds to support annual fellowships that encourage teachers to continue learning from the Prospect experience.

This year’s Practitioner Fellows include Kerry Elson, a teacher at the Weekday School at New York City’s  Riverside Church; Felicia Black, a professor at LIU Brooklyn; Caitlin Preston, a first and second grade teacher at the Central Park East 1 School in East Harlem, New York; and Tasnim Azad and Ashley Leone, who both teach at the Children’s Learning Center at Morningside Heights in New York. Mentors Ellen Schwartz and Peg Howes have worked with the Prospect School and Center since the early 1980s.

Erin Whitney received the 2014 Prospect Research Fellowship. Whitney is an educator and a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is using the Prospect Archive of Children’s Work to explore the ways that Prospect practitioners looked at the different kinds of works that children created to understand their learning and identities.

Learn more about Prospect and the Descriptive Processes

Prospect Research and Practitioner Fellowships

Prospect School and Center for Research and Education Archives

Prospect Archive of Children’s Work–Online

Jenny’s Story: Taking the Long View of the Child, Prospect’s Philosophy in Action (2010)
LB1115 .C278 2010 (B/H 3rd floor)

Starting Strong: A Different Look at Children, Schools, and Standards (2001)
LB1117 .C28 2001 (B/H 3rd floor)

From Another Angle: Children’s Strengths and School Standards, The Prospect Center’s Descriptive Review of the Child
LB1117 .F735 2000 (B/H 3rd floor)

“Fruitvale Station”, A Film Review by Phil Cheney

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Fruitvale Station DVD 9902

 

Fruitvale Station is the true day-in-the-life story of Oscar Grant, a young struggling father who was shot to death by a police officer in Oakland, California on New Year’s Day of 2009. Most film review writers would find a witty sentence to convey how moving the film is, I will state most simply that it is nothing short of heartbreaking. The whole film builds to create a character that is kind, compassionate, and under a lot of stress from responsibility. While the character wins the audience over with charm, there is a building anticipation of dread and doom leading up to a devastating finale of loss and regret. All of which is beautifully shot with mostly natural lighting and very simple yet intricate compositions.

Besides being the emotionally driven and politically oriented film it is; Fruitvale Station is also one of the best film debuts from a writer/director that I have ever seen. The talented individual who brought this film to life is 27 year old Ryan Coogler, a graduate student from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Growing up in the East Bay area north of Oakland, CA, Coogler was part of the community that was emotionally shocked by the murder of Oscar Grant by a police officer, which inspired him to write this screenplay about injustice and prejudice. Despite all of the sadness and melancholy of the film there is just as much love, tenderness and sense of community which is what makes the well-structured script so impactful. In an interview on the film Coogler stated that the scene where Oscar Grant is shot was filmed on location at the real station and the crew noticed that the bullet hole from the actual murder was still in the ground.

Aside from the fantastic direction and writing, the performances are also superb. Rising star Michael B. Jordan carries out the martyr-like role with sensitivity, compassion and anger. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer carries out her heart-wrenching role of Oscar’s mother with a competence equal to her award winning status; besides playing this key role she was also a major supporter in producing the film.

In our current period of cinema, where bland superhero movies or romantic comedies seem to be pumped out like a mindless conveyer belt; it is refreshing to see a beautiful film whose content is directed towards extreme social importance and humanist emphasis.

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Keeping the Air Clear

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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The front entrance to Bailey/Howe continues to be a smoke-free corridor. UVM maintains a policy of no-smoking withing 25 feet of a building’s entrance or window.