About the Authors
1. Film Clips That Explore Conflict
2. Film Clips That Explore Courage and Ethics
3. Film Clips That Explore Persistence, Commitment, and Values
4. Film Clips That Explore Creativity and Building Capacity
5. Film Clips That Explore Keeping Hope Alive
6. Film Clips That Explore Change
Resource: Some Pretty Firm Guidelines for Using Film Clips in Training
William A. Sommers, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, continues to be a learner, teacher, principal, author, leadership coach, and consultant. Bill has come out of retirement five times to put theory into practice. He was on the Board of Trustees for five years and President for the National Staff Development Council now called Learning Forward. Dr. Sommers is the former Executive Director for Secondary Curriculum and Professional Learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 30 years. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at several universities, he has been a program director for an adolescent chemical dependency treatment center and on the board of a halfway house for 20 years. Bill has co-authored eight books, and co-authored chapters in several other books. In January 2016 Bill and his colleague Skip Olsen launched a website www.learningomnivores.com which includes educational blogs, new rules, and book reviews. Bill is a practitioner who integrates theory into leading and facilitating schools. Dr. Sommers has continued to be a leadership coach for over 25 years to school administrators.
"One of the fastest ways to provide an understanding is through a
story or a visual. Film clips do both. This book is an invaluable
aid to any staff developer who wants to captivate an audience and
teach at the same time."
*Ruby Payne, President*
"Teachers, staff developers, and presenters who are eager to make their productions more engaging, vibrant, and memorable, will find this collection invaluable. Because our metaphorical minds learn through finding patterns, relationships and analogies, the use of film clips to illuminate such elusive but enduring values as persistence, courage, empathy, creativity, and hope can accelerate their meanings more powerfully than any lecture, definition, or description."
*Arthur L. Costa, Professor Emeritus*
"You can only bring forth that which you can imagine, and this book allows people to imagine together through the power of film. By seeing different ways of behaving, interacting, responding, and being, people consider new ways of being for themselves and how this could change their world."
*Sara L. Gjerdrum, Manager, Field Operations*
"This exceptionally well-organized, user-friendly resource is sure to be among the most well used in the tool kit of every teacher, principal, and staff developer. Without a doubt, the video clips will elicit compelling learning conversations in faculty meetings, workshops, coursework, and all other professional settings. This resource will be invaluable in my own teaching."
*Jennifer York-Barr, Associate Professor, Educational Policy & Administration*
"Energizing Staff Development Using Film Clips provides a handy reference manual for workshop leaders interested in enriching and diversifying their learning sessions on values and ethics."
*PsycCRITIQES, February 15, 2006 Issue*