Professional Development Program

EVC’s Professional Development Program (PDP) gives PK-12 teachers the proven teaching strategies, practical skills and support they need to plan, facilitate, and evaluate student-produced video projects while meeting the Common Core Standards. Principals and teachers at EVC partner schools are eager to adopt our approach to engage their students in becoming life-long learners while enriching their school culture.

EVC’s Professional Development Services Include:

EVC’s Summer Teachers Institute is an intensive, multi-day experience of media making, reflection, and curriculum development. Teachers learn project-based facilitation strategies designed to build their students’ digital and print literacy, critical thinking, and group collaboration skills. In addition, teachers learn about EVC’s strategies to assess student growth and learning through portfolio presentations.

EVC’s Youth Powered Video curriculum provides over 200 pages of standards-based lesson plans, handouts, student journals, and assessment rubrics for student video projects. Two DVDs provide model activities and strategies for effectively facilitating youth produced video projects in the classroom and expanded learning programs afterschool.

Through weekly on-site media and instructional coaching, EVC’s experienced media educators guide teachers in designing media projects that support the instructional goals of the academic class. Coaching activities include planning, facilitation, and assessment of student-produced video projects. In addition, coaches support teachers in developing digital portfolios where students reflect on their growth and showcase their unique contributions to the project.

Partner schools have full access to EVC’s library of award-winning documentaries and accompanying discussion guides: powerful tools for use in social studies, health, and counseling advisory classes.  Students respond strongly to this content because it is produced by and for young people, and addresses issues that resonate with them, including: youth depression, bullying and violence prevention, teen pregnancy and identity.

Audio Visual Scavenger Hunt The AV Scavenger hunt is a fun way to get your students to think creatively about possible elements to include in their projects. It also provides an opportunity for students to practice image composition and using a microphone to record non-verbal sounds.

10-Session Community Inquiry Project This guide will help you to use the YPV curriculum to structure a 10-session community inquiry project that gives your students a chance to investigate an issue of importance to them and their communities. Students will conduct interviews on the street and edit their footage into a final project.

Brainstorming Topics Sample lesson from Youth-Powered Video: A Hands-On Curriculum for Teaching Documentary. You can purchase this curriculum by visiting the EVC Store.

Conducting Street Interviews Sample lesson from Youth-Powered Video: A Hands-On Curriculum for Teaching Documentary. You can purchase this curriculum by visiting the EVC Store.

Youth-Powered Video Interviewing Rubric Excerpted from the Youth-Powered Video curriculum, this rubric allows students and teachers to assess growth related to interviewing effectively.

Youth and Community Voices Educator Workshop Series

In collaboration with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development’s Partnership Schools Program, the Educational Video Center is thrilled to announce a series of ten workshops designed to promote youth and community voices in school settings. See below for more details and please help spread the word through your networks!


Youth and Community Voices Educator Workshop Series

The Educational Video Center (EVC) has been working with NYC youth for over 30 years to produce documentary films on topics such as youth depression; gender and body image; bullying; drug and alcohol abuse; juvenile justice and police-youth relations. EVC films have proven to be particularly effective in schools because they are produced by NYC youth, who bring their faces, voices and insider’s perspective into classrooms to spark discussion and learning. This course provides participants with tools and techniques to employ culturally responsive teaching practices that meet the diverse needs of their students. Each workshop will focus on a critical theme or problem in students’ lives and will include discussion of an EVC film with an expert in the field and an EVC youth producer. The second half of each workshop will be dedicated to developing student-led lessons and activities to be implemented at participants’ school. As participants are guided through some of the journaling, active viewing and discussion activities, they will experience the program just as their students will, leaving the workshops fully prepared to facilitate the activities and projects with their students.


Course Dates: 10 Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/27, 3/06, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/03, 4/24, 5/01


Location: NYU, 239 Greene, NYC 10003 and City As School, 16 Clarkson St., NYC 10013



Registration for the Youth and Community Voices educator workshop series is currently open via this form. All participants must register directly with the Educational Video Center to ensure their spot in the course. The registration and materials fee of $125 can be paid through the PayPal link on the registration form.

If you’re interested in earning P Credit for the course, then you will also need to register through the ASPDP website and pay the NYC DOE ASPDP Course Fee of $125.


P Credit In-Service courses offered through the Department of Education and partnering institutions are high-quality courses that may be applied to salary differential requirements and to the NYS 175 hour professional development requirement to maintain Professional Certification.


For more information about P Credit Courses, visit the ASPDP’s website here.


If you have any questions about the workshop series, contact Mary Grueser at or via phone, 212-465-9366 ext. 103.

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For information on how to bring PDP services and resources to your school or district, contact PDP Director Mary Grueser at