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PBS LearningMedia Presents POV Watch Club

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To support your continued growth and efforts to use documentaries in your classrooms, we are excited to present POV Watch Club!

How It Works
Every month, PBS will showcase a POV documentary for you to screen at home. POV is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Together, we will provide you with free access to a POV documentary highlighting intimate storytelling and contemporary social issues. The last week of the month, we will release an “aftershow” - a short segment that highlights how this film can be used in classrooms and dives into relevant social issues in each film. We'll share free lesson plans, reading lists, and discussion guides created with you in mind.

Week 1: Sign Up
For August, we will show Pier Kids. On the Christopher Street Pier in New York City, homeless queer and trans youth of color forge friendships and chosen families, withstanding tremendous amounts of abuse while working to carve out autonomy in their lives. With intimate, immersive access to these fearless young people, Pier Kids highlights the precarity and resilience of a community many choose to ignore. Truer Than Fiction Award, Independent Spirit Awards.

Register below to receive the link to watch the documentary.

Week 2: Let’s Watch Together
Join hundreds of educators across the nation and screen the free documentary from home. You will receive an email with the link to watch the documentary the first week of the month. After you watch, share your own questions, teaching ideas, and comments to our community board padlet. 

Week 3: Let’s Talk
Engage with us on on padlet! Ask and answer questions from your fellow educators across the country.

Week 4: After Show
At the end of each month, come back to the TeachersLounge for an exclusive After Show with the PBS team, POV Engage,and special guests! We will dig into each documentary’s educational and social relevance. Expect conversations about anti-racist teaching approaches, ideas for critical media literacy integration, examples of how to bring POV’s free lesson plans and PBS LearningMedia into your classroom, and responses to your questions! Expect a casual, light-hearted, and laughter-filled conversation— we want to have fun, dish about docs, and talk about teaching! 

PBS will provide a two hour certificate of attendance at the end of the month.

See you there! 

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