The World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements DVD is now being sold to educational institutions along with a companion Educator’s Guide.
This wonderful study guide was created by Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. The Martin Institute is our educational partner and has been simply a godsend, ensuring that John Hunter’s work, the film, and the World Peace Game will create broad and long-lasting educational impact.
The Educator’s Guide was created to inspire and support teachers in becoming creative and imaginative as they work to create a collaborative, student-centered classroom in their own educational setting. The creation of this guide to accompany the film fulfills our primary mission — to use the film to influence, teach, and inspire present and future generations of teachers through John’s wonderful example, and thus influencing future generations of teachers and students.
I would like to extend special thanks to our educational advisors:
- Dr. Carol Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia;
- Dr. Hilary Landorf, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Social Studies and Global Education and Assistant Director of the Global Awareness Program at Florida International University;
- Jay McTighe, experienced educator and noted author with Grant Wiggins of Understanding by Design and numerous other books and articles on teaching.
At this point the film is only available for purchase for the educational market, schools, and libraries. Included with this purchase are the rights to show the film to a public audience, so any school or library can make the film available for group screenings.
We have already had a few individuals purchase the film for their own child’s school, and we certainly encourage anyone interested to consider this as a way of bringing John’s influence and inspiration to their own school community.
TV Broadcast News
The film’s broadcast run on U.S. public television continues. From its initial premiere on May 1 through through October 20, the film will have achieved:
- 1608 separate telecasts on public television stations across the country
- coverage extending to 83.41% of the U.S. population
- airing in 23 of the top 25 markets, many showing the film on numerous occasions.
We’ve noticed that September has seen an increase of airings, most likely associated with the return to school.
I would like to emphasize, as a way of thanks, that the film’s presence on public television would not have been possible without the generous underwriting support from the FedEx Corporation, the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, and additional support from the University of Memphis.
The film has expanded its international reach. Broadcasts in Romania and Hungary begin in September. Showings continue in South Korea, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the Middle East. A special screening is set for New Zealand later in 2012, and possibly in Moscow in 2013. The film continues to be presented across the country to educators and educational communities at schools and conferences.
John Hunter Teaching Teachers
John Hunter, along with Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute, traveled across the country this summer conducting Master Classes for groups of teachers.Martin Institute Master Classes with John Hunterin Charlottesville and Memphis included the opportunity for teachers to observe children playing the World Peace Game over an intensive 5-day period.
These two classes mark the first time that fellow teachers have had an opportunity to closely observe a full World Peace Game. Participating teachers were from all parts of the U.S. as well as New Zealand, Israel, Korea. and Norway. The response from class participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Again, a special thanks to our partner, the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence and Jamie Baker, who co-designed the Master Class curriculum as well as its implementation and managed the quite complicated logistics of this summer tour.
John’s work with teachers continues this fall and hopefully well into the future. It gives me a special thrill to think that the approximately 120+ teachers who participated in the Master Classes this summer will be applying John’s invaluable wisdom, experience, and compassion to their children’s learning back in their classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year.
A special thanks to all of you who have provided support throughout the life of this project. What began as just an attempt to make a local, and hopefully good, film about a great teacher and his students playing a wonderful educational exercise has really taken off, well beyond my wildest dreams. John’s TED Talk has been seen by over 600,000 individuals and we estimate that the film has been seen by well over one million viewers. No one involved in the making of this film could have imagined this result. Without your support, none of this would have happened.
If each of the 120+ educators from just this summer’s Master Classes return to their classroom and teach approximately 25 students per year, in some way John’s work will affect 3000 students just this year. Each Master Class and subsequent year of teaching, adds to this equation.
I remember saying very early in this process, well before the film was completed, let’s estimate that John and his World Peace Game has touched the lives of 40 students per year for his 30 years of teaching, or approximately 1200 individuals. What if that number was 1000 students per year? Then, 30 years of teaching would affect 30,000 children. If that number was 10,000 students per year? This would lead to 300,000 children over 30 years learning the “work of peace” through the gentle guidance of a masterful teacher.
The work has begun. Many thanks to you all.
Chris Farina – Rosalia Films