Join us on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30pm at the Ossining Public Library for our next screening and discussion. The next film in our program is Like
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
Dr Frances Willis – Superintendent of Schools, Briarcliff Manor & Putnam Valley NY
Dr. Frances Wills retired in June, 2019 after serving for six years as Superintendent of Schools in Putnam Valley, New York following three years as a consultant and Coordinator of Professional Development for Pace University’s School of Education . She retired in June, 2010 as Superintendent of Schools in Briarcliff Manor, New York where she served for 16 years. The Briarcliff Manor community recognized her contributions by naming the auditorium in her honor. Dr. Wills has authored numerous articles on educational issues and co-authored a chapter on leading change in a text on district leadership, edited by noted scholar, Dr. Kenneth Leithwood, published by SUNY Press. Most recently, Dr. Wills was nominated to serve on the Hope for Youth Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Wills continues to pursue opportunities to contribute further as an educator who seeks to improve the lives and future of children and develop twenty-first century leaders. She approaches her life-work as an educator through the lens of a metaphor from Emily Dickinson: “Dwell in Possibility.”
Dorian Burden – Teacher, AMD Middle School, Ossining
Dorian Burden has been a teacher for 22 years, 20 of which have been at AMD Middle School in Ossining. She is also a writer. Her favorite topics include family, parenting, relationships, and mindfulness. She has a daily meditation practice and is currently training to become a meditation instructor. She has finally accepted the fact that she will never be able to manage Twitter and she is fine without it.”
Cindie Lembo, LMSW is a Certified School Social Worker from White Plains Public Schools. Since 2014 she has worked at Highlands Middle School providing assessments, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, and other support services to 7th and 8th grade students and their families. From 2005 to 2014 she was employed by Student Assistance Service Corporation assisting schools implement research based bullying and cyberbullying prevention and intervention strategies.
Dr. Raymond Sanchez serves as the Superintendent for the Ossining Union Free School District.
As an administrator in the Ossining School District, he demonstrates a commitment to serve all the students of the District on a daily basis. Along with the Board of Education, faculty, staff, and Ossining community at large, Dr. Sanchez focuses upon “raising the bar” and enhancing success for all students.
Dr. Sanchez served as the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Personnel Administrators, former President of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council, and was a past liaison for New York State Association of Bilingual Educators. Dr.Sanchez has presented at various State and National Conferences. He is on the advisory board of the Future School Leadership Academy (FSLA) and Teatown Nature Preservation. He also has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Manhattanville College, and Bank Street College of Education and serves on the Westchester Medical Food for Life council. He currently serves on the Jacob Burns Board of Directors and is the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents.
Dr. Raymond Sanchez is also a past recipient of the Raymond Delaney Award from the New York State Association of School Superintendents, the Ambassador Award from the Ossining Democratic Society, the 2016 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Education Administration, the 2016 Government Service Award from the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., the 2017 Champions for Children award from the Child Care Council of Westchester, and the 2017 Partnership Award from Pace University.
It is our mission to bring our community together to watch, enjoy and engage in conversations about documentaries.
We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.
At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.
We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in the World. Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.