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Summary: Despite its horrific destruction, Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans educators the opportunity to reinvent a school system that wasn't working. This program chronicles the first official year of public school in New Orleans after the storm and the transition to the widespread use of charter schools in the city. Focusing on predominantly African-American schools, the film examines the situation...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: A common error made by new teachers is attempting to impose authority on a classroom rather than encouraging students to manage themselves. In this program, acclaimed presenter Dr. Richard Curwin and noted educator and school psychologist Dr. Allen Mendler argue that students can develop internal controls and self-responsibility when teachers alter their traditionally adversarial classroom...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This program explores the subject of anger from the student point of view while presenting some strategies for managing it. Dramatizations of school-oriented confrontations, candid interviews with children and teenagers, and insightful commentary by psychologists, a youth counselor, and a social worker serve as windows into a disruptive and potentially destructive emotion. Issues such as the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Welcome to Camden, New Jersey-one of the most economically depressed and crime-ridden cities in America. Even so, children here have hopes and dreams that compete daily with terrible hardships. This ABC News program documents the lives of three young Camden residents over the course of 18 months: six-year-old Moochie, who has vowed to get straight A's in school; Billy Joe, a teenager determined...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Teenagers are running away from home, dropping out of school, having babies, taking drugs, committing suicide, and going to jail for violent crimes. This program discusses normal adolescence and today's too-frequent scenarios: a juvenile delinquent whose drug use led him to criminality; an eighth-grader whose drug use completely altered his personality; a young girl who became severely...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: Child safety: the subject that most often keeps parents awake at night. This ABC News program features a child safety expert who helps parents identify their children's susceptibility to predators and abductors. As the program's candid camera-style scenarios unfold-with the participation of actors who demonstrate the ploys used by potential attackers-astonished parents watch as their daughters...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Every teacher has been there-staring in the face of a difficult student or group of students threatening to thwart the progress of the day's lesson. But how can the teacher handle the conflict in a way that benefits everyone? Frustrated back-and-forth shouting between teacher and student should not and does not have to take place in the classroom. This program suggests practical classroom...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Experts are seeing an alarming increase in severe emotional and behavioral disorders among young children, characterized by abusive language, physical threats, and violent tantrums. "I can't live like this. Afraid to get up. Afraid to go to bed. Afraid of what you're going to find when you walk into a room," says a foster mother of twins she cannot control. In this program, ABC News anchors...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: What does it take to be popular? Quite often it has nothing to do with being nice. In this ABC News special, correspondent John Stossel visits middle and high schools to discover why kids dish out abuse, why they take it, and what parents and school administrators can do to make it better. He also visits schools with successful anti-bullying programs. Discussions with students, as well as with...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: Includes a discussion of physical and emotional changes adolescents go through and how they cope with family and peers, as well as the major life decisions they must make as they face the uncertain future ahead of them.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This video entertains and advises viewers about handling the bullies on their block. Real-life situations, dramatizations, and discussions help viewers understand the reasoning behind a bully's behavior, specific steps to neutralize his or her power, and how to avoid becoming a victim. Practical guidelines are given for managing conflict and creating win-win results for bullies and their...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Peaceful solutions to conflict are wonderful, in theory, but how do they work in the real world? Using actual case studies, this program examines conflict and conflict resolution on four different levels: global, community, workplace, and school. Applying a novel teaching approach, it features a pair of news desk anchors and four different reporters, each covering a specific conflict scenario....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: For teenagers with a particular psychological profile, traditional sports don't provide enough excitement. This ABC News program looks at the structure and chemistry of the adolescent brain and shows why certain teens develop addictions to danger-seeking thrills by leaping between rooftops, riding on top of fast-moving cars, and other outrageous pursuits. Dr. Frank Farley of Temple University-a...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In a frenetic culture where skewed body image messages mislead the young and nutrition repeatedly loses out to convenience, children’s physical and psychological well-being are increasingly at risk. In response to this alarming situation, psychologist Jodi R. Galin and registered dietitian Andrea McDonough have created Growing Together, a three-part kit designed to help educators, parents,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In this provocative program, high school students offer a teen perspective on violence and its day-to-day impact at school, at home, and in the community. Opposed to the violence of which they have been a part, these young men and women speak their minds on topics including the causes of violent behavior, the effects of dysfunctional families, bullying and mob mentality, and the fear of being...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In part one of this program, Hedrick Smith reports on how the Alliance of Concerned Men stopped a youth gang war in Benning Terrace, a public housing project in the nation's capital that had become a war zone. Alliance members Tyrone Parker and Rico Rush, former felons with new lives and a new mission, negotiate a truce with the rival gangs that ends the killing and brings hope and new...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Violent school incidents have become a frightening American reality. This program helps teachers and staff understand their responsibilities during such situations, and provides guidelines for top-level administrators who implement crisis management training. With sensitive, realistic dramatizations of the proper responses to specific dangers-including a bomb threat, a school shooting, and a...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Filthy clothes, needle marks, panhandling.is this an accurate picture of teenage homelessness? Going behind common stereotypes, this video tells human stories about human beings-most of them young people who know homelessness firsthand. Amber and Tieshi describe the harsh reality of life on the street, clearly demonstrating the same needs, fears, and hopes that all teens have. Andy explains...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Families destroy themselves, so families have to heal themselves. If I Could is the heart-wrenching chronicle of Tracy Marasco, a single mother struggling to help her adolescent son James cope with severe emotional trauma resulting from abandonment by his father and sexual abuse by his father's cousin. To complicate the situation, Tracy herself was victimized as a child, sexually abused by her...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Kids who grow up facing brutality and neglect are lucky if a teacher or daycare provider catches on. Tragically, child abuse often goes unnoticed-and if a first-responder does detect it, he or she may not understand what measures must be taken. This program spells out the Four Rs of child abuse-the harsh Reality of its presence in our society, the Results it leads to, the many ways to Recognize...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In this timely program, educators and expert consultants address the volatile topic of sexual harassment among students. Together they consider definitions, examples, impact, and legal accountability. In addition, a practical, step-by-step action plan for creating and maintaining a sexual harassment policy at school is presented, including specifics of what educators can do to ensure that their...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Therapists in America and Europe have noticed a disturbing trend: anorexia now appears in elementary-school-age children. This film documents the highs and lows of a London clinic's 12-week program, during which malnourished patients must confront and conquer their fears of eating. Girls as young as eight enter the clinic dangerously emaciated and depressed-and although most battle their way...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: When Warren's girlfriend breaks up with him in a particularly cruel manner, he buys a gun and exacts his bloody revenge at the school dance. This emotionally charged dramatization graphically portrays the growing problem of school violence. A radio show, which features a psychologist and one of the survivors, frames the tragic story, providing insights into the warning signs of impending...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: What happens when intolerance and hatred lead to tragedy? A Service for Jeremy presents one scenario. Fifteen-year-old Jeremy is abducted and beaten to death by fellow high school students because he is gay. Such tragedies are routinely played out in various forms across the country as victims are targeted because they are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, poor, gay, or just different. This video...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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