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Teaching with Film: An Interview with Micheal Flaherty

Vol. 116, Prg. 41–45
July 22–26, 2013


The Chronicles of Narnia, Amazing Grace, and Charlotte’s Web have captivated movie goers across the country. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Micheal Flaherty, the creator of these films and co-founder of Walden Media, explains how film can help make kids excited about learning!

“Too often when kids graduate from high school or college, they think that that time of exploration is over . . . I think that if they stay involved in reading stories and also stay involved in reading the Word, they’ll know the elements that make a great story, and they’ll be well on their way.”—Micheal Flaherty

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7/22  
Kid-Driven Films
7/23  
Movies that Teach
7/24  
Homeschooling and Film
7/25  
Interested in Filmmaking?
7/26  
A Different Approach
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Micheal Flaherty

Micheal Flaherty is the president and co-founder of Walden Media. Walden’s mission is to rekindle curiosity and recapture imagination through the development and production of family films and literature. Walden has financed and produced a number of films, such as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Charlotte’s Web, Bridge to Terabithia, Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Through its publishing division, Walden has also co-published a number of award-winning books, including Mike Lupica’s Comeback Kids series and the New York Times bestseller and Newbery honor winner Savvy by first-time author Ingrid Law.

As part of its mission, Walden creates innovative educational programs, lesson plans and events. Several hundred thousand students have participated in these events, including an international effort to read Charlotte’s Web aloud and to collect toys for Toys for Tots, both of which resulted in the breaking of world records. Walden has also hosted an interactive writing workshop with Louis Sachar and a national robotics competition with James Cameron.

Flaherty is also on the board of Rachel’s Challenge, a program created in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shootings. He is also on the National Advisory Board for The Salvation Army.

Flaherty lives in Lexington, Mass. with his wife Kelly, his son Christian, his daughters Eileen and Reagan, and his dog Jumbo.

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