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In collaboration with Rutgers-Newark faculty and Newark high school teachers we create classes using Newest Americans media and methodologies. The classes serve to pilot Newest Americans curriculum and as a story research and development lab for the project.

Student stories come from our project-based, civically engaged curriculum, which trains students to research the histories of local communities and to use digital media to share their discoveries in a wide variety of artistic and documentary mediums. Students in our classes are introduced to multiple research methods while simultaneously learning to become socially inquisitive and self-reflective citizens, critically and compassionately engaged with their communities and capable of pursuing these engagements with skill and purpose.

Our curriculum explores Newark’s past and present through Newest Americans media and supplemental resources, while providing the tools for students to conduct their own community-based research projects and to represent their findings through digital media. By training the next generation of media makers, scholars, and citizens, we strive to engage younger and more diverse audiences in the stories that define our distinct histories and that will shape our common future.