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Jim Bentley National Faculty

Jim teaches in the Elk Grove Unified School District where he loops from 5th to 6th grade with his students. He’s passionate about integrating subjects through the use of filmmaking and project based learning. He created Curiosity Films (featured in Edutopia), so students could showcase their learning and express their voices through the production of documentaries, instructional films, PSAs, and other special projects. You can view his students’ work on their YouTube and Vimeo channels or via the Twitter handle @Curiosity_Films.

Since 1996 Jim has served as a mentor teacher, BTSA coordinator, peer coach, district trainer for various ELA and math initiatives, and co-directed a Student Violence Prevention Demonstration Program grant. Jim is a national trainer for the Center for Civic Education and a Teacher Ambassador for California’s Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI). A guest blogger for and Ten Strands, Jim has also contributed to other print publications on prosocial education and teacher effectiveness.

In 2011 Jim received the American Civic Education Teacher Award. In 2012 he earned the Allan Hinderstein Award for his filmmaking work with students. He received his B.S. in Social Sciences with special emphasis in Cross-Cultural Studies from C.S.U. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.