Still image from Teach, © 2006 Teachers Documentary Project. Used with permission.

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Experts predict that the US will need more than two million new teachers in the next decade. So, how do we inspire today’s young adults to become tomorrow’s educators?

In 1999, director Davis Guggenheim and producer Julia Schachter undertook an ambitious project — to document the experiences of teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In examining the trials and rewards that come with educating our children, the filmmakers created two powerful documentaries: the Peabody Award-winning The First Year; and Teach, a short film created to attract talented and passionate people to the teaching profession.

Teach is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license and is offered online to the public for free. By using a CC license, Guggenheim and Schachter are allowing people to legally download and share Teach, so that its inspirational message can be easily seen by anyone in the world.

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For More Information

  • Visit TEACHnow.org to learn more about Teach and how to help your community by becoming an educator.
  • Read about how several prominent education projects use Creative Commons licensing to help promote the open exchange of information.
  • BitTorrent is a technology that lets people (such as filmmakers) easily and cheaply publish and distribute large files online. Check out Wikipedia’s article about BitTorrent, then get a copy of BitTorrent software, so you can use it to download Teach.

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