Documentary Highlights Daily Lives of PUSD Students, Teachers

The "Go Public: A Day in the Life of PUSD" documentary includes 50 short films taken throughout the Pasadena Unified School District, including the below video of Jackson Elementary teacher Whitney Reese.

What is a day at school like for a student, employee or volunteer at the Pasadena Unified School District? A new documentary shows at least 50 different ways to answer that question.

Go Public: A Day in the Life of PUSD is a documentary comprised of 50 different short films captured on May 8, each focused on one or a few students, teachers or volunteers at the 28 schools throughout the district.

Started by parents of children who attend public school in Pasadena, Go Public aims to “encourage viewers to become informed and compassionate advocates for their community public school,” according to the project’s website.

“This project is important now because too much focus has been placed on what is broken in public school education,” Go Public’s mission statement notes. “There is room for improvement, but we also want to capture the good things that go on every day in our public schools, the teamwork it takes and the textured richness for those involved.”

One of the short films, posted above, shows part of a day in the life of Jackson Elementary teacher Whitney Reese, who lives across the street from the school and has a high level of involvement at the school.

Go Public's site  contains the stories of several more students and teachers from Altadena schools as well as other Altadena residents.

View more of the 50 Go Public videos here.

If a camera were to film a day in the life of your child at school, what would you hope to see? What is your experience with local schools? What do you think of this project? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

yeahian August 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM
So basically puss let in 50 film crews checked none of their backgrounds etc but still sent them into these people's homes and the schools themselves. Secondly they paid crew less than minimum wage, if anything at all. How do I know I turned down a job on one of theese crews.
Nadine Isenberg August 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
No Yeahian, the film crews were students in PUSD high schools. My daughter was the Director of her crew. The kids had mentors (i.e. young adults) who are associated with the district to help the kids follow their person. She followed the Vice Principal at Washington Middle School. It was a project for the kids, must of the people helping them gave their time freely so our kids could have a wonderful learning experience. The mentors and the kids teachers kept in contact with the parents thru the entire process. It was one day in the field and the rest was done at the kids respective schools.


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