Save the dates July 8–12, 2013, for the Vermont Folklife Center’s week-long
summer institute for educators, Discovering Community: Students, Digital
Media, and Place-Based Learning, which will be held this year in
The Discovering Community summer institute offers participants basic
hands-on experience learning the methods of community-based research,
the process of making a documentary, and the skills of working with
digital media—in a school setting.
Past participants have come from a broad spectrum of roles in the K–12
system, including classroom teachers, special educators, librarians, and
administrators. This diversity makes group process a rich opportunity
to explore ideas, probe models, and collaboratively visualize
Day one focuses on place-based education, service learning, and the
power/significance of personal stories, including a practicum on the
On day two participants go out into the community as
participant/observer teams to literally discover the extraordinary
character of everyday life.
Day three offers an introduction to video, audio, and photography as
documentary media, after which media teams spread out to preselected
Day four is given over to production work: learning the technology, finding the story, and producing a short documentary piece.
On day five participants reflect on process, refine project concepts, and outline plans for specific applications.
The Discovering Community summer institute will be led by Vermont
Folklife Center Director of Education, Dr. Gregory Sharrow, with audio
specialist Andy Kolovos, videographer Scott Miller, and photographer Ned
Castle, as well as presentations by institute alumni and exemplary
educators from around Vermont.
Discovering Community will carry three graduate credits from Castleton State College.