Media in the Classroom | August 20, 2019


WNET’s Kids’ Media & Education department submitted three session proposals to SXSW EDU and WE NEED YOUR VOTES! Community voting counts for 30% of the programming decision, so your vote really does count. Help us get there by voting for our sessions and spreading the word with your networks.

Vote for the sessions below before August 23:

SO UNLADYLIKE: Elevating the Hidden History of American Women
At a time when the role of women has entered the national conversation with renewed rigor and visibility, and interest in stories of women is at an all-time high, only 15% of figures in history textbooks are women. Using clips from the upcoming series SO UNLADYLIKE, this panel will honor the 2020 women’s suffrage centennial, discuss the importance of understanding women’s history as American history, and explore how to use media to creatively introduce unsung American heroines to Gen Z.

Empowering Youth Across Borders
Discussion between our panelists and clips from the Films BYKids documentary OUT OF ALEPPO will demonstrate the power of giving agency to those who have been displaced by violence via the storytelling of Mohammed Shasho, a young man from Aleppo, Syria. We learn how he became empowered to overcome hardships and obstacles. The voice and experience of a peer will allow teachers and their students to delve into discussions about borders and immigration and moreover; teach empathy against xenophobia.

Senegalese Women & Girls Grow & Prosper
In 1998, Keur Simbara, Senegal, was among the first communities to publicly abandon the traditions of child marriage and female genital cutting, which allowed women and girls to pursue their educations and careers. Discussion between our panelists interwoven with clips from the Films BYkids documentary WALK ON MY OWN, by 13-year-old, Ndèye Fatou Fall, will elucidate how cultural norms, colonial histories and sexism prevent women and girls from full development of their person-hoods.