Tuesday, May 08, 2018

CEDER’s Darin Stockdill and filmmaker Sophia Kruz featured in LSA news


LSA News featured Darin Stockdill’s work with filmmaker Sophia Kruz. Stockdill, design coordinator with the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER), developed educational materials to use with the documentary Little Stones, which Kruz created. Both Stockdill and Kruz are LSA alumni. The LSA article by Brian Short, “A collaboration between two LSA alums and U-M’s School of Education puts the tools of transformation into high school classrooms across Michigan—and around the country,” follows their efforts to develop and distribute an educational toolkit to accompany Kruz’s documentary.

The day after the film premiere in 2016, Stockdill and Kruz piloted a workshop with students and teachers from from Community High School in Ann Arbor, Detroit School of the Arts, and Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti. Working with the Driftseed team, a non-profit that works to empower women and girls through documentary film and storytelling, Stockdill developed an outline for a Little Stones educational toolkit for teachers. With the assistance of two LSA students with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and a local high school student, the team wrote materials, which are available for download anywhere in the world.

“Education for social justice is my area of research,” Stockdill says. “My work is geared towards taking on challenging issues and respecting kids and honoring them as agents of change by giving them the tools to transform their environment. Little Stones was a really exciting opportunity to work on a project that really met that problem head on.”

Darin Stockdill is Instructional and Program Design Coordinator

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