Educational Philosophy

The Educational Video Center (EVC) prides itself on its more than 30 years of pioneering work at the intersection of student-centered, project-based education and social justice documentary making. EVC’s methodology places students’ own questions, problems, and community experiences at the center of their learning. EVC engages them in a personalized supportive environment where they learn about socially relevant subjects, and use technical and artistic tools to make their voices heard. Youth are transformed by this creative learning process, just as the community is transformed by viewing the media they create.

EVC’s educational philosophy of practice integrates the four domains: critical literacy, documentary arts, social emotional development, and civic engagement.

Critical Literacy

Cognitive Skills: EVC documentaries are driven by the students’ own questions, experiences, and problems that they identify in their home, school, or community; are informed by the diverse interviews, images, and print-based research they gather; and refined through a process of collaborative critique and revision.

Documentary Arts

Creative skills: Students learn to use documentary arts principles, techniques, and digital video, audio, and editing tools to create stories for public audiences, expressing their voices with creativity, clarity, and purpose.

Civic Engagement

Social Justice and Community Action: Students learn to create documentaries that connect private concerns to public problems and social institutions, intended to educate youth and adult audiences about social issues in their
lives and inspire greater empathy, dialogue, and change in their community.

Social Emotional Development

Life Skills: Students increase their resilience and self-worth by working in small groups to collaboratively solve open-ended problems, accept and give constructive critiques, meet deadlines, and access support from adult mentors and allies to complete a high-quality final product for a public audience.