Are there ideals that unite Americans? How can educators help students explore the values we have in common and discuss the differences that divide us?

Stanford professors Condoleezza Rice and David Kennedy teamed up across party lines to ask these questions in the new film American Creed. Now, teachers can take a first look and find out how to bring the film to students.

KQED is hosting an in-person advanced screening of American Creed for Bay Area educators with special guests David Kennedy and filmmakers Sam Ball and Kate Stilley Steiner. There will also be three online screenings for teachers everywhere. All screenings will feature resources to spur conversation, writing and media-making with students based on the film.

Be our guest!

Join us in Studio A at KQED from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, for an advanced screening of the full film and Q&A with David Kennedy and the filmmakers. There will be food, drink, special giveaways, time to connect with other educators and a chance to hang out at your favorite public media station.

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Professors David Kennedy and Condoleezza Rice came together across party lines to talk about the American values that unite us.

American Creed, a one-hour documentary, features stories of unlikely activists, including baseball manager Joe Maddon, novelist Junot Diaz and others who share ways they’ve created community, connected with fellow citizens and built bridges across political divides. Interspersed among the stories, first-generation college students discuss what an American creed means to them.

Young people’s voices are at the heart of American Creed, and organizations like the National Writing Project and Facing History and Ourselves have teamed up with PBS and Citizen Film to create extensive classroom resources designed to get students talking about these vital issues. Many of the diverse stories in American Creed can be used in upper elementary classrooms, as well as middle school, high school and beyond.

Can’t make the in-person screening?

Join an online OVEE screening and thematic discussion of select clips from American Creed. KQED will co-host the screening with educators who will share ideas and resources for using the film with students. The OVEE platform allows viewers to join an online screening from any connected computer.

Sign up to learn more about attending a screening.

KQED/American Creed OVEE screening dates and discussion themes

Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m. PT: “What are our American Values?” Dawn Reed, co-director of the Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University and Molly Robbins, Denver Writing Project

Tuesday, March 6, 4:30 pm PT: “Building Bridges Across Differences” with Liana Gamber-Thompson, Educator Innovator

Thursday, March 8, 4:00 pm PT: “What does it mean to be an American?” with Casey Olsen, Montana Writing Project

American Creed airs on KQED at 9 p.m. on February 27.

Join KQED for an Advanced Screening of American Creed 24 January,2018Rachel Roberson

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Rachel Roberson

Rachel Roberson is KQED's news education manager. Previously, she was a reading, writing and social studies teacher leader on three continents, having served on the founding staff of KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco before moving to schools in Abu Dhabi and Austin, Texas. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Before she was a teacher, Rachel was a journalist in the East Bay.

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