Montessori Borealis Story

This film engages with students to capture their reflections on their educational journey at Montessori Borealis. It explores their experiences transitioning from in-person classes to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film delves into their sense of preparedness as they progress through various grade levels and how their friendships have evolved along the way. Through candid interviews, we gain valuable insights into their educational and social development in the context of their Montessori Borealis.

Exploring Community and Place through Media Arts took place in the Spring of 2023 at Montessori Borealis Middle School in Juneau on the ancestral homeland of the Áak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan. Approximately thirty 7th to 8th grade students created films. Students reflected on the prompt of “What makes the Juneau community unique?” and explored topics ranging from important historical events of years’ past to community events taking place today. During this workshop students had the unique opportunity to work with archivists at the Alaska State Museum to find primary sources to better tell the stories they were investigating.

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Land Acknowledgement

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