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Mission and History

Mission


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The SHIFT mission is to provide high-quality, sustainable professional development for K-12 educators to integrate the filmmaking process, often referred to as digital storytelling, into core academic areas.  With a strong emphasis in writing, the SHIFT model is committed to strengthening teacher practice, increasing student achievement, and developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.

The SHIFT program changes how teachers teach and students learn.

The goals of SHIFT are threefold:

1. Inspire teachers and increase the use of creative technology integration

2. Stimulate classroom climate and excite students through the learning process

3. Increase student achievement through enhanced instruction

History

SHIFT was conceived in 2006 by Salt Lake City’s nationally recognized youth development and media arts organization, Spy Hop Productions. The SHIFT professional development approach was informed by Spy Hop Productions’ effective, research-based media arts programming that has successfully served over 1000 K-12 students annually since 1999. In 2010, after providing professional development workshops to over 600 teachers across the U.S. as part of Spy Hop Productions, SHIFT incorporated as an independent organization. Since then, each year SHIFT has partnered with universities, state education offices, districts, individual schools, and community-based organizations to deliver proven professional development. Beginning in 2015, SHIFT became an integral part of Utah Film Center educational programming. Trainings have occurred in both pre-service and in-service settings, inspiring veteran and future educators alike.