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A Year at Mission Hill

For each chapter of the series, we'll share resources here to enhance your learning.

Chapter 1: Why We're Here

At IDEA, we're proud to be one of the partners behind "A Year at Mission Hill." The project began when filmmakers Tom and Amy Valens spent a year filming at the school community of Mission Hill, with plans for a full documentary release in fall 2013. The web series came together when Tom and Amy reached out to educator and news commentator Sam Chaltain. Sam brought together Ashoka, IDEA, and the NoVo Foundation around the idea of making a series of short episodes to highlight a year in the life of Mission Hill. Under IDEA's leadership, the concept grew into a larger opportunity to share the story across an eclectic coalition of education organizations, schools, and nonprofits. Currently, more than 40 community partners will be sharing the film series and offering their own resources to deepen viewers' learning around each chapter.

Start watching Chapter 1 above, and see the rest of the chapters on the A Year at Mission Hill site, as well as resources that accompany each chapter. See what people are saying about each chapter on the IDEA Blog, and read wrap-ups of each chapter below.

A Year at Mission Hill: Sparking Conversation (Chapter 1)

A Year at Mission Hill Wrap: Chapters 2 and 3

A Year at Mission Hill Wrap: Chapters 4 and 5

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IDEA's Curation Criteria
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