The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit Collection

The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit Collection


This collection features The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit. Developed for education professionals, especially those working with students who are at risk of not graduating high school, the toolkit is accessible to all and is developed to be flexible. It is adaptable to both school-based student learning opportunities and districtwide professional development opportunities whose focus is strengthening and supporting at-risk students. Video segments accompany each of the resources below.

  • The Bad Kids | Educator Toolkit

    The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit is developed for education professionals, especially those working with students who are at risk of not graduating high school. The toolkit is comprised of three parts (broken out below): a discussion guide, professional development training tools, and lesson plans. The toolkit is accessible to all and is adaptable to both school-based student learning opportunities and district-wide professional development opportunities whose focus is strengthening and supporting at-risk students.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Bad Kids | Film Discussion Guide

    Developed primarily for facilitators, the discussion guide offers background information and resources to deepen understanding and foster dialogue about how our current school system educates and addresses the needs of some of our most vulnerable students.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Bad Kids | Professional Development Training Tools

    Please read “Using the Professional Development Training” before working through any of the trainings for instructions, resources, and an essential beginning exercise focused on self-care for educators. The Bad Kids offers education professionals an opportunity to engage deeply with four topic areas central to the film and to successfully working with students at risk of dropping out of high school. Each topic is explored through viewing one or more short video segments, reviewing key terminology, using discussion prompts, and engaging in activities to deepen practice with students and colleagues both within and outside of the classroom.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Bad Kids | Lesson Plans

    Please read “Using the Classroom Lessons,” before working through the classroom lessons for instructions, resources, and suggested working agreements for class norms. The classroom lesson enables educators and community facilitators to address and integrate the following topics in The Bad Kids in a classroom setting: social-emotional learning, resilience, effects of trauma, and trusting relationships. Written with a student audience in mind, the lessons pair the video segments within each section with reflective writing and other classroom exercises connecting the given topic to their lives, experiences, and future goal setting.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Bad Kids | Educator Webinar

    A professional learning experience based on lessons from the powerful, award-winning documentary, The Bad Kids. This webinar will provide educators with an opportunity to learn about the unique needs of at-risk students. Participants will meet Principal Viland, from The Bad Kids, who will share strategies she and the team at Black Rock Continuation High School put in place to support their students. Veteran educator and facilitator, Fran Sterling will provide an overview of The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit, a new resource that features the film, and is adaptable for school-based student learning and professional development focused on supporting children from underserved communities. To see the webinar video recording, please contact us at campaigns@itvs.org.

    Grades: 9-12

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