I mentioned this past Friday, I was recently chosen as three recipients of Penguin/Random House’s Teacher Awards for Literacy. As it’s how I distinguish myself in the classroom, I included a one page comic about my proposal. I thought now’d be a good time to share it out!
Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw) is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Longhouse Media. After having worked with over 2000 youth, since January of 2005, Longhouse Media has seen the artistic and community growth of many young Native filmmakers.
As an educator and co-founder Tracy has worked from the ground level in organizing this success in tandem with her passion for filmmaking. With her first feature projects, Tracy learned how to bring oral tradition into a contemporary storytelling format while also identifying how the Coast Salish communities wanted to be involved in the filmmaking process.
Her films have had national broadcast and distribution with Independent Lens, National PBS, National Geographic’s All Roads Project and on the world festival circuit. In 2009 Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers).
She is a recent Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently works and lives in Seattle with her two boys.
Tracy earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program. She specialized in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. As the co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point and director of Unreserved Tracy has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool.
Jared Leto speaks at the PEN Center USA’s 25th Annual Literacy Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for PEN Center USA/AP Images)
Kerry Washington has gone from gladiator to guiding light.
The star of ABC’s Scandal has been named the next recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award, which honors a performer who has given back to fellow actors and the community at large, EW and PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.
Washington will become the third person to receive the accolade, following Sofia Vergara and Leonardo DiCaprio.
On screen, Washington is best known for playing Olivia Pope, the unflappable political fixer and self-described “gladiator in a suit” onScandal; she also portrayed Anita Hill in the recent HBO dramaConfirmation.
Off screen, Washington has been a longtime champion of civil rights and public service. She served on President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2009 and has been recognized with the NAACP President’s Award, the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award, and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award.
“Kerry’s continuous support for our programs and her fellow actors, and her dedication to countless social and political causes exemplify the essence of this award,” SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams said in a statement.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports members of the SAG-AFTRA performers union and also serves the public through children’s literacy programs.
Washington’s award will be presented at the foundation’s Los Angeles Golf Classic on June 13.