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Calculicious- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film about 12th graders translating mathematics into art, celebrating the beauty of both fields. 


Character File of Autumn Helena Washington Hawn - Illuminating Standards Video

Short film about a 6th grader's creation of a realistic fictional life history that provides a deep, real-world immersion into Deaf culture. 


The Human Face of Human Rights- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film about 10th grade students using interviews, writing, and photography to showcase the courage of international refugees. 


The 20 Years Project- Illuminating Standards Video

Short film about eighth grade students who project their finances 20 years into the future, connecting math standards to real-life. 


Revitalizing Rochester- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film about students' interdisciplinary civic project effecting real-world change in Rochester, NY.


Part 6 of Inspiring Excellence: Writing and Speaking with Power

Second graders craft narrative nonfiction and hone their presentation skills. 


Part 5 of Inspiring Excellence: Reading to Get Ready to Write

Second graders read for evidence and code information as they prepare to write narrative nonfiction. 


Part 4 of Inspiring Excellence: Using Models and Critiques to Create Works of Quality

Second graders engage in critique and revision to produce high quality work. 


Part 3 of Inspiring Excellence: Building Motivation and Skills through Independent Research

Second graders are motivated to conduct independent research using texts and citing their work.