Beacon is both a Short Film and forthcoming feature documentary film (2022) that follows three students as they make the leap across the education gap:
Meleah, Makai and Exavion are Boston-area public middle-schoolers who by 8th grade rank far below their suburban peers. They take a chance entering Beacon Academy, a 14- month program between middle and high school that aims to help public school students prepare to apply to some of the best private high schools in the country.
Join Sucheta Kamath and Isara Krieger as they discuss thought provoking questions such as:
What are the factors that are critical for students to transform during these transitional opportunities?
How can we enhance and improve our community and educational efforts to help students build self-agency in order to fully engage in the learning supports provided in their educational journey?
How do we help our students learn how to develop the transformational self-reflection skills they need to thrive during times of change and transition?
What are the common skills all students need to cope with stress, trauma, and the cultural / socio-economic issues that often interrupt traditional learning?
Can teaching Executive Function and social-emotional skills help close gaps in unfinished learning and balance structural equity issues in our learning systems?
Part Four of a four-part series.
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About Isara Krieger
Isara Krieger is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer and editor based in Oakland, California. Her work centers the social and emotional effects of inequitable structures in the US.
Her verité cinematography is noted for demonstrating the trust she earns with her subjects.
Isara has directed, shot and edited short documentaries in the San Francisco Bay Area for the East Bay AIDS Center; Women Organized Against Life-Threatening Disease (WORLD), a grass-roots Oakland org helping unhoused women understand and wean off opioid abuse; and for the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, the only public high school in the US with a World Art curriculum. As a Video Producer for KQED Arts (PBS/NPR affiliate of the SF Bay Area) she produced, edited and shot a dozen mini-docs about local artists for the web that reached a nationwide audience. She has worked on feature documentaries on CNN, and MSNBC, and Netflix, which were collectively nominated for five 2021 News & Doc Emmy Awards.