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Reel Lessons | Real Learning

Documentary Curriculum Consultants provides professional lessons for grades 1 – 12 based on National Standards; university and adult level discussion guides; professional development guides for educators.

We help filmmakers make an even greater impact and assist in answering the question often left at the end of thought-provoking films,
“What now?”



These guides engage students in hands-on activities, thoughtful discussions, and reach deeper into the film subject matter to create meaningful learning experiences. Those experiences may be taken beyond the classroom, providing motivation to instill change based on the films vision and mission. Above are excerpts from our most recent curricula.


Laura Kudo Laura Kudo: Laura holds a BFA, a Primary Education degree that includes elementary certification in K – 6 and art certification in K – 12 and an M.A. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College. She has worked in education for 18 years, and her background includes curriculum development, full-time classroom teacher, non-profit program director for the Watershed Education Program of the Telluride Institute, art instructor and Mesa University instructor.

Amy Laubenstein Amy Laubenstein: Amy has a background in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biology and also a Secondary Science Education degree with a concentration in Biology and Earth Science. Amy was a science teacher for 4 years before returning to school to obtain an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, Education from Harvard University. She has utilized this degree in the realm of individualized tutoring, the development of curriculum, as well as in the non-profit world as a Program Director for the Pinhead Institute, A Smithsonian Affiliate.


"Working with DCC was a great experience. They were able to come at the film subject from an education perspective and create lesson plans and activities for each grade level that have been incredibly well received by educators and students." Reel Thing Productions - Bag It

"Amy and Laura proposed a fantastic, standards-based curriculum in a creative and hands-on way. They were wonderful collaborators: organized, easy to brainstorm with and always met our deadlines." Wendy Cohen, Principal, Picture Motion

"Working with DCC was fantastic - they're great communicators who really listened to what we were looking for. The guide makes our educational package a great value for schools and it looks amazing. I will definitely work with Laura and Amy again." Lyn Collie, Producer, On the Level Productions