High schoolers engage local police through video production

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Students at Innovation Diploma Plus HS crafted these videos to kick off a town hall meeting with members of their local law enforcement community to represent their perspective and start a dialog on police-community relations in gentrifying neighborhoods. 

Students at Innovation Diploma Plus High School in Manhattan produced two short documentaries sharing their perspectives on the impact of policing in their community. The videos were screened to kick off a town hall discussion of the subject between local NYPD officers and IDPP students! Students worked with their ELA teachers, The Educational Video Center* and The Media Spot to blend student writing and media literacy with community action in an authentic project-based learning experience.

Project Summary

ELA students write a persuasive essay, then adapt it into documentary videos to express their perspective on community policing. Screening the videos for police at a town hall can begin a face-to-face dialogue.

Curriculum Enhancement

This project helped students convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Digital Skills

Students learn to produce videos using iMovie, accessing found video and images connected to text.

Media-Literacy Focus

Students learn how when translating their writing into video format, their image choices can change the message. What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented? How might different audiences read our messages differently?


Adding specific images of police to student writing added significant meaning that triggered student and police audience members differently. Students had rich discussions around their media choices.

NOTE: Enforced Out was broadcast by the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in August of 2017.

* it was a thrill to collaborate with TMS foundational hero EVC founder Steve Goodman on this project!