FREE Field Trips to See He Named Me Malala!

  • Sep 09, 2015


In collaboration with Participant Media and Fox Searchlight, the Malala Fund is offering middle and high school students and teachers in select cities across America free field trips to October screenings of the new documentary, He Named Me Malala.

These complimentary trips can even include transportation to and from the movie theater, along with insurance and other services related to your trip. But funding is first come, first served while funds last, so act fast!

The film, which is rated PG-13, tells the story of Malala Yousafzai, who was just 15 years-old when she was targeted by for assassination by the Taliban for speaking out on girls’ education. Having survived that attempt on her life, Malala has since gone on to take her campaign global, becoming the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate and winning millions of supporters along the way.

You can watch the trailer for He Named Me Malala below.

NOTE: Curriculum and discussion guides will be available to all participating teachers to facilitate post-screening lessons back in the classroom.

To register for the field trip, visit Students Stand with Malala.

And to learn about other great free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio


Free Online Film Course from Ball State University and Turner Classic Movies!

  • May 21, 2015



Want to spend some time becoming an expert in classic cinema this summer?

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Ball State University have partnered to bring you Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, a free online study of the hard-boiled Hollywood crime drama set to run concurrently with TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” programming event, airing 24 hours of films noir every Friday in June and July.

The course is open to movie lovers of all ages, and will be taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ball State’s iLearn Research and a recognized film noir expert. “As an educator I am excited to coordinate Ball State’s learning opportunities with TCM’s programming efforts to present students with a rare opportunity to engage with the material and genre,” Edwards says. “With ‘Summer of Darkness,’ we can bring together a worldwide community of film noir students, to investigate and discuss these great films in depth.”

Turner Classic Movies is DIRECTV channel 256.

For more information, or to enroll, visit the Investigating Film Noir web site.

And to receive information about other great educational opportunities like this, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio


Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by watching the inspiring documentary TEACH and submitting Teacher Stories on

  • May 06, 2014


“Their well-being, their future, really depend on how well I prepare them for the next level. “

Matt Johnson, a teacher at Denver, Colorado’s McGlone Elementary

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a teacher, and I’m willing to bet that the quote above resonates with you. Because like the teacher who said it, you have a profound grasp on the role you play in shaping lives. And every day, you carry that sense of mission and responsibility into the classroom.

Do you ever wish that more people recognized that? I do, and that’s why I’m recommending that you do two things:

1) Tell every student and former student you know about a cool new contest called Teacher Stories (info below).

2) Host a community screening of the groundbreaking documentary TEACH, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth; Waiting For Superman).

Watch the “TEACH” trailer.

Hosted by Queen Latifah, the film follows four dedicated public school teachers over the course of  the 2013 school year as they navigate challenges, talk about their experiences and demonstrate the kind of tenacity and creativity it takes to make education work, sometimes in-spite of the circumstances.  It’s a rare, intimate look inside the reality of what you actually do every day, and as calling cards go you couldn’t ask for better.

The film’s creators want to help you host a screening of TEACH at your school. Why not take this opportunity to gather staff, parents, community leaders and others for an evening of helpful discussion and healthy relationship-building? There’s even a free discussion guide that will help you start the dialogue. As I said, you’ve embraced the mission. Here’s a good way to help the community embrace it as well.

For information on hosting a screening at your school, visit the official TEACH web site.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out Teacher Stories, a contest open to anyone 13 years or older who’d like to do a little bragging about a teacher who made a difference in their lives. Every eligible story submitted will go toward raising a $50,000 donation to U.S. public schools, and your entry might even win a direct cash prize for your school.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio