America To Me

Documentary Series on Race, Identity and Education

On-going Documentary Event

Hello ISD 194. Based upon feedback from "Waking Up White" Book Club participants, your equity department has decided to offer another opportunity to further learning. This documentary is highly regarded and won a SunDance Film award. It was created in the suburbs of Chicago's Oakpark and River Forest High School. The documentary is about achieving equity and overcoming biases in education.


Explanation from America to Me's (ATM) website:

A 10-part documentary series about race that was filmed at Oak Park and River High School during the 2015-2016 school year. The series directed by Academy Award-nominee Steve James, an Oak Park resident whose three children attended OPRF, follows a year in the life of a dozen OPRF students. According to Mr. James' original proposal for the film, the goal was to produce a series "that examines race and equity and their impact on the quest for racial parity at Oak Park River and Forest High School….This documentary aims to look at the history of a struggle that goes back several decades, and the efforts to confront it in the present on the part of administrators, teachers, and students and their parents.”

Film Club

Thursday, April 4th, 4:15-5:45pm

Christina Huddleston Elementary School, 175th Street West, Lakeville, MN, USA (CHE)

After receiving numerous requests, the equity office is offering a new opportunity for staff to continue learning together about issues facing our students and community today. The district has approved this work as an opportunity for LEAF staff to make up lost hours due to the inclement weather this winter. This module will be constructed as a film club of sorts. We will watch an episode together, at CHE, of "America To Me" and then follow it with discussion. Each episode is roughly an hour long, so each session will begin at 4:15pm and run to 5:45pm leaving 30 minutes to debrief following the viewing. It will run for 6 Thursdays beginning April 4th. The dates would be April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and May 2nd and 9th. There will be an online component with guiding questions. The online work will also be worth hours in case participants cannot attend each session. We look forward to learning and growing with you! If this documentary sounds interesting, but you are unable to attend our film club, you can find it on STARZ with a subscription. CEU's will be available for those who participate.


Face to Face Location

April 4th- Christina Huddleston

April 11th -Christina Huddleston

April 18th-Christina Huddleston

April 25th -Community Education Building

May 2nd -Christina Huddleston

May 9th-Christina Huddleston

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avT1e_iZ8yw