LINCOLN Spurs Educational Campaign
All Middle and High Schools Across the U.S. to Receive DVDs of Steven Spielberg’s film as Part of Education Outreach
Jim Berk, Chief Executive Officer of Participant Media, announced Monday that Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film, LINCOLN, will be distributed to all middle and high schools, both public and private, throughout the United States when the film becomes available on DVD. Participant Media, DreamWorks Pictures and Fox/Newscorp are funding the unparalleled effort with Disney In-Home creating the packaging and Disney Educational Productions handling distribution.
Participant Media conducted a standard research study for LINCOLN prior to the film’s release, which revealed that more than half of Americans think it’s important to learn about Lincoln, but two-thirds say they know little to nothing about him. This clearly indicates a need to better educate our nation’s students about the 16th president’s accomplishments. The tremendous positive response the film has received from educators, politicians, historians and the general public testifies to the fact that an understanding and knowledge of history can be an enlightening and powerful tool for all Americans.
As the film gained popularity in theaters, director Steven Spielberg received letters from teachers asking if it could be available in their classrooms. He says he and his associates realized the educational value LINCOLN could have would benefit not only adult audiences who have studied Lincoln’s life in history books, but also students in the classroom as well. As a result, schools across the country will gain new knowledge and better understanding of a man who greatly shaped this nation.
Compiled and designed by Disney Educational Productions, the DVD package each school will receive includes an Educator’s Guide complete with lesson plans relating to the significance of Abraham Lincoln’s leadership and of that period in our nation’s history.
Today, February 12, in honor of Lincoln’s Birthday, Participant Media’s Social Action Campaign, “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln” will bring the film to 8 U.S. towns named Lincoln, followed in mid-March with screenings at 15 Lincoln high schools across the country in largely underserved communities. Moderated conversations and distribution of Disney’s educational curricula will follow the screenings. In addition to the DVD packets, each of these schools will receive brand new audio-visual equipment—including a 120” portable screen, a Blu-ray and DVD player, a projector and new speakers—to best experience LINCOLN and any future films they screen at their school.
Jodi Whisenhunt is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, and operates a blog by the same title. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. (Kindle and Nook versions also available.) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!
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