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Producers Project Inc

  • New York, NY
  • www.theproducersproject.org

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Mission Statement

In an educational era and arena plagued by numerous problems, The Producers Project creates and operates programs that help students and teachers to build skills, deepen knowledge and demonstrate results. To accomplish this mission, The Producers Project (TPP) designs, implements, assesses and replicates in-school, after-school and summer programs that: a) Place powerful tools of production, presentation and self-directed learning into the hands of high school students and staff. b) Utilize co-teachers from the fields of publishing, broadcast, film and new media to educate and share their skills in the areas of research, writing, photography, web/video production and presentation with students and staff. c) Fortify the academic foundation of each program with subject-level experts from such fields as literature, media literacy, current events, history, economics, space and geology. d) Produce, present and distribute the resultant academic enhancement programs and materials, which are designed to correspond with and enrich in-school courses and after-school activities. e) Equip students with communications, leadership and career skills. f) Provide professional development programs that enable teachers to use these tools and techniques to enhance teaching and learning across an array of academic disciplines and after-school activities, which include but are not limited to Math, Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Art, Foreign Language, Community Service, Applied Learning, School Newspapers, Debate and Drama Clubs.

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ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Ms. Wendy Dubit

Keywords

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education, production, producers, student-made documentaries, student-made media, academically aligned media

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TPP

EIN

04-3709213

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Film, Video (A31)

Television (A32)

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Program 1

To accomplish its mission, The Producers Project operates the following programs: Student Enrichment TPP Student Enrichment provides teachers with curriculum support and professional mentors in documentary film and web production to assist in the creation of academically-aligned, student-created documentary films and companion web sites. Over the course of accredited 62-hour in-school, after-school and summer programs, students learn from and work alongside experts from the documentary-making, journalism and web production fields, and reach out to and interview experts in their areas of academic focus. With guidance, students produce and present a 10 to 30-minute documentary and a companion web site that corresponds to their academic subject be it math, science, English Language Arts or social studies. For participating students, the process deepens and extends their technical, research, life and leadership skills and their subject-level interest and knowledge, while rendering the subjects they learn more relevant and far reaching. As of the Spring '05, The Producers Project is operating its 8th and 9th Student Enrichment programs and has produced nine academically aligned documentaries. Professional Development TPP Professional Development is a multi-part series of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on classes that provide teachers with the underpinnings and applications of the TPP Student Enrichment program -- providing curriculum-development assistance and documentary filmmaking and web production skill training. Training is delivered in blocks ranging from one- to three-hour workshops, to one-and two-day bootcamps, semester-long series, and ongoing mentoring and follow-up support. Participating teachers acquire the methodology, skills, and tools that will enable them to implement Producers Projects in their schools and classes. Until such time that teachers can turnkey the program in their classrooms, TPP also provides participating teachers with the skill-building (documentary and Web) and subject-level experts and mentors needed to both teach the class and build teacher proficiency. By building skills and sharing methodologies, TPP's Professional Development programs enables teachers to make the subjects they teach more effective, relevant and far reaching. The Producers' Club The Producers' Club provides students and teachers who are participating, or who have participated, in TPP Student Enrichment and Professional Development programs with free and discounted access to local cultural and educational programs and institutions; information regarding paid and volunteer internships and assistance in resume development and employment outreach. For example, The Producers' Club (TPC) recently took a group of student participants to cover the National Book Awards as journalists. Participants received and read advanced copies of award-nominated books, met and interviewed authors, and are producing a brief documentary about their experiences. TPC allows TPP participants to continue building both their production skills and their subject-level interests in an educational and real-world way. It allows them to apply what they have done in their TPP classes in a more professional setting. It enables them to keep in touch with each other. And over time, it is increasingly expected to connect them with internship, scholarship and work opportunities.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Wendy Dubit

BIO

Wendy Dubit, a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in content creation and education, founded The Producers? Project in Spring 2002. Wendy?s numerous entertainment, non-profit, publishing and new media initiatives ? built under the Vergant brand and for such companies as BMG, AOL, Primedia, Pantone and The Council on Economic Priorities ? all carry a strong and central educational thread. In 1997, Wendy founded HEAVEN: Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer and Empower via the Net. HEAVEN's technology training programs taught web production, journalism and leadership skills to NYC students and staff, won broad industry support and significant contracts from the New York City Department of Education, and were honored by ComputerWorld/Smithsonian for their "visionary use of technology in education." Prior to HEAVEN, Wendy was Director of Business Development for The Hub (a joint venture of America Online and New Line Cinema); worked with BMG to launch the Jim Henson Records label, the music and video careers of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the ?Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? audio line; served as founding editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine; and wrote for and consulted to a variety of publications. Through The Producers? Project, key skills from each of these industries are harnessed to education ? fostering the creation and distribution of compelling Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts programming by and for students and teachers.

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