California Educator

February 2016

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Media Teachers in the Headlines James Franco and Esther Wojcicki review work by students, who are creating a film based on a book by Franco's mother, Betsy (at left, with hat and scarf ). High school journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki and star pupil James Franco team up to lead a filmmaking workshop for teens. How cool is that? By SHERRY POSNICK-GOODWIN Photos by SCOTT BUSCHMAN Making Movies H E ' S A F A M O U S A C T O R , f i l m m a k e r, author, Academy Awards host and Oscar nominee. He's also a Ph.D. student at Yale University with two master's degrees. And now he's a teacher at Palo Alto High School. Yes, we're talking about James Franco, whose latest role as high school teacher is drawing rave reviews from aspiring film- makers enrolled in Franco's Film Workshop, which has been meeting in the school's media center on weekends since September. Franco partnered with noted educator Esther Wojcicki, his beloved for- mer journalism instructor at Palo Alto High, to create the course. He says he's thrilled to be back at his alma mater and loves being in the classroom. 24

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