Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Through Filmmaking

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Professional Development
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentArts


This professional development opportunity is structured as a model class. Educators will experience the same exercises as their students. Participants will learn a fully dimensioned holistic approach to teaching critical thinking and problem solving while learning to express themselves through the art of filmmaking. Filmmaking is a rich, flexible, inspiring educational medium that has a natural appeal to students and sparks an authentic motive to learn. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.

Collaborating in all stages of making a short film, participants will:

  • choose a problem or issue that is personally meaningful 
  • research and analyze its possible causes from multiple perspectives 
  • brainstorm ways of solving it and ways of preventing it from multiple perspectives 
  • write a script
  • create the film                                                                                                                                                                          
  • issue a call to action to other students or the community                                                                                                                    

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades 2 - 12.


24 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon the completion of these three days of training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). 


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Thumbnail photo of Jim Lemkin

    Jim Lemkin, ND, CNS is a holistic doctor, educator and writer in preventive medicine and natural health; He has taught film, photography and visual communication at Harvard, SUNY, Northern Montana State and for private workshops. Jim's educational philosophy is informed by an understanding of holistic intelligence as a fully dimensioned wisdom that comes throu

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.