Discussion of potent social, psychological and cultural topics
Relevant and innovative poetic devices accompany each discussion
New vocabulary is presented to students to contribute to their robust articulation
Verbal and physical performance techniques are utilized to hone public speaking skills
Students gain technical experience with camera and film editing
Film directors attain knowledge of shot lists, B Roll, prop usage, and storyboarding
Slam team students compete in a minimum of 3 competitions and 2 community events
Assembly performances reach 3,000 students per year and speak the life blood of urban artistic culture.
Our school has been working with Digital Storytellers for several years now and we have never been disappointed! Their team comes with timely, appropriate themes prepared with the current needs of our site. The poets have fresh, lively, thought provoking, courageous content in their performances, our students are always engaged and it opens up conversations around the school afterward. The variety of performers means that there is something for everyone. We truly appreciate the exposure to their art that they bring to our students!
Principal, Bret Harte Middle School, Hayward
Digital Storytellers provided my students the opportunity to authentically bring their personal experiences into an academic setting at a level not usually achieved in the classroom. Students developed a strength of voice and validation of self that transformed how they engaged with writing assignments, both poetry and otherwise. The residency unearthed talent and interest in many students who did not previously know or act on their own inner strength. It was quite special to be able to see these traits brought to light for my students.
English teacher, Leadership Public School, Richmond