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'FOOD EVOLUTION: Using Film to Explore Modern Agriculture's Environmental Solutions'

This workshop will focus on the classroom applications of the new film, FOOD EVOLUTION, as a fun, cutting edge, and compelling way to teach agricultural science and how it relates to our daily lives. We will present clips from the film and our standards-based, cross curricular Resource Guide, and walk participants through the various ways they can use these new, free resources to teach agricultural science. All participants will receive a free copy of the film and the Educational Resource Guide for use in their classrooms.

Workshop Session (all workshops will be 60 minutes)
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Kimberly Birbrower
Email: kbirbrower@gmail.com
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Point of Contact,Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Kimberly Birbrower founded Big Picture Educational Consulting to get educational stakeholders talking about — and watching — movies. As a former classroom educator with extensive experience in nonprofits, educational administration, and media literacy, Kim increases the impact of issue-driven films by creating campaigns and materials that always put the film at the forefront. Prior to founding BPEC, Kim was the first Director of Education at Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation. Kim also served as the national Assistant Director of Education at the Anti-Defamation League. Kim has her permanent teaching certification from New York State, and taught in both public and private schools throughout New York City. She is a graduate of Boston University and New York University, and studied at Columbia University and Oxford University. She is the recipient of an Advanced Placement teaching grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Anne Frank Center's Spirit of Anne Frank Award.
Organization/Affiliation: Big PIcture Educational Consulting
Scott Kenedy
Email: scott@blackvalleyfilms.com
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
Biosketch: Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman and editor. He has worked with legends like Roger Corman, directed music videos like Jimmy Cliff’s international hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” and on commercials, motion-capture animation, scripted and reality television. His documentary work includes Oscar-nominated THE GARDEN, about the struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award nominee OT: OUR TOWN, about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed FAME HIGH, which follows four students through a year at a competitive performing arts high school. Scott recently launched Time Capsule Movies, personalized documentaries that can be shared for generations at timecapsulemovies.com. Scott resides in Los Angeles with his wife Catherine Borek, their two daughters Tessa and Eden, and their dog Pepper. For more information, please visit blackvalleyfilms.com.
Organization/Affiliation: Black Valley Films
Denise Stewardson
Email: denise.stewardson@usu.edu
Speaker Order: 3
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Denise Stewardson is an Extension Associate Professor and Director of the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program at Utah State University. As a faculty member in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education, she also teaches a social science-based agricultural literacy course on global food production for students of all majors. Denise has a Bachelor's degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master's degree in Industrial Arts from the University of Maryland. Denise was born and raised in central Illinois—the Land of Lincoln—among the corn and soybean fields. Combining her formal education in technology education with an emphasis in communication, and her work experience with Agriculture in the Classroom, it seems only fitting that she is now paying homage to her roots as an advocate for agricultural literacy.
Organization/Affiliation: Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, Director