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Become a Certified Image, Sound, and Story Educator

To become a Certified Image, Sound, and Story Educator, a teacher must attend professional development during the three-day Summer Teacher Institute or a two-day training during the school year. Certification is for one year and may be renewed pending commitment and communication with the JBFC.

Professional development is a hands-on, interactive experience at the Media Arts Lab, led by JBFC’s faculty, which provides:

  • Modeling instruction for facilitating film discussions.
  • Best practices for managing small-group production activities.
  • Lesson plans, inspiration, and structured support for integrating Image, Sound, and Story into existing units of study.
  • Technical support for capturing and editing audio and video.


Professional development is offered during the summer at the three-day Summer Teacher Institute or during the school year at a two-day training.



$500 per educator – Summer Teacher Institute

$375 per educator – two-day sessions

$450/$325 per educator who participate in the School Partnership



All professional development sessions are held at the JBFC Media Arts Lab, 405 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY.

Certified Educators receive:

  • Eligibility to participate in the School Partnership program
  • Image, Sound, and Story curriculum content, including all short films, media creation activities, and extension projects; Teacher’s Guide; and standards alignment.
  • One Image, Sound, and Story screening — an interactive field trip with your class to the JBFC Theater or Media Arts Lab. The experience of seeing a feature film on the big screen is a hallmark of the JBFC. At the screening, a JBFC educator will help students apply the language of film they’ve learned in Image, Sound, and Story in the classroom, and facilitate a meaningful conversation about themes in the film, which can include immigration, representation, human rights, and more.
  • Priority access to Classroom to Screening Room, feature film screenings at the JBFC Theater, with filmmakers and other special guests.
  • Access to monthly Community Gatherings, which extend professional development through additional production and postproduction practice, film screenings, and integration inspiration.
  • Access to additional professional development for Image, Sound, and Story literacy projects (Character, Setting, Structure, etc.).
  • Eligibility for additional professional development that integrates core subjects with Image, Sound, and Story, such as Created Equal for Social Studies and Focus on Nature for Science.
  • Film Fan Membership to the JBFC, valued at $85.
  • Complimentary ticket offers for special events and screenings.
  • And more!

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