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Refocused: Kyle Halle-Erby

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Kyle Halle-Erby, Masters Student, Education and Secondary Teaching Credential at Stanford University, and Wide Angle Alum 2006.

Kyle Halle-Erby participated in our middle and highschool programs from 2002 to 2006. He graduated from the Friends School of Baltimore in 2006, Tufts University in 2011, and is now studying for his Masters in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential at Stanford University.  While in our programs, Kyle helped produce films in our Baltimore Speaks Out! program and Mentoring Video Project such as Schooling Baltimore Street, Le Professeur, and BeMore TV.

Kyle is now studying for his Masters in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential at Stanford University. Here, he reflects on his experience in our programs, and how he is researching how video projects can be integrated into curriculum:

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Kyle (Right) in our Baltimore Speaks Out! Program, 2002.

“Wide Angle’s programs showed me I could be an expert. The production skills I learned were concrete, the videos we produced were authentic, and the screenings held our projects accountable. Wide Angle Youth Media gave me an opportunity to take responsibility for projects I found important and then let me own the results. I took myself more seriously in the program than I did elsewhere and learned how it feels to work hard on something you truly believe in.

Right now, I am preparing to be a high school English teacher and researching how video projects can be integrated into a Language Arts curriculum to teach writing. My interest in using video to teach other skills comes from my experience at Wide Angle. I know firsthand how media and traditional literacy can strengthen each other.

The respect Wide Angle shows its students is inspiring. Wide Angle assumes all students have important stories to tell, and the opportunities I had at Wide Angle Youth Media to express myself and share my opinions was only possible because the organization truly believed that what I had to say—and what my peers had to say—was valuable.”