Industry Spotlight: Education Video Campaigns
At LAI Video, one of our favorite spaces to work in is education. What’s not to like?
The visuals are always rich and the stories are always inspiring, whether we’re filming with cute younger children just learning to read for the first time, teenagers in awe as they take in a new life experience, or adult learners acquiring a new skill that will help them advance their career and possibly help them to land a career-defining job.
The school (or school system) is responsible for satisfying many stakeholders at once: Parents and students, of course, but also teachers and staff, elected officials, non-profits, or other third party organizations that may operate on campus, private corporations that can offer additional funding, and last but never least—the entire taxpayer community.
We have no doubt that video production for education is the best approach not just to inform all these diverse audiences of a new educational initiative or multi-year plan, the way a press release or blog post might, but to engage with them, to let them step inside the doors of a school without leaving their seat. To allow them the rare opportunity to see and hear a student brimming with excitement over a new piece of lab equipment, to let them watch a portion of a teacher’s exhausting, fulfilling afternoon filled with back-to-back classes. And to tell them: “Here’s what we’re accomplishing, little-by-little, every single day. Won’t you be a part of it?”
philanthropy & impact
We worked with the DC Public Education Fund, a non-profit organization that raises capital in support of DC Public Schools (DCPS), to elucidate the organization’s role as the school system’s closest philanthropic partner. Immersing ourselves in local school communities, we captured the candid perspectives of students, educators, and alumni who benefit from the organization’s work every day.
The result? A video that highlights how the organization fosters innovation within DCPS and supports the bright futures students have in mind. Find out more about the incredible work DC ED Fund is doing and the innovative brand identity video we produced to help them promote their initiative and fundraising effort.
For several years, we’ve partnered with the accounting firm, CohnReznick, to create video case studies showcasing projects that are the recipients of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC)—an incentive program that brings investors to distressed communities. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NMTC), one of the nation’s premiere arts high schools, was a recipient of the NMTC program more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans. While this was technically a video created for CohnReznick, it’s also a great publicity piece, and love-letter to NOCCA—a place where teenagers come to learn a craft and realize a dream.
new educational programs & initiatives
Launched in March 2018, Design Lab provides educators in DC Public Schools (DCPS) with the network, resources, and support they need to boldly redesign learning experiences for their students.
Using Hendley Elementary School and Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School as case studies, our Design Lab videos provide a snapshot of DCPS’ commitment to fostering innovative educational methods and experiences—and highlight what’s possible when schools and communities come together to reimagine education.
Thanks to a $20 million investment from the local government, Maryland’s Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) was able to open a brand-spanking-new building to house their culinary arts and hospitality programs, complete with restaurant-scale kitchens, an event space, and grillmaster classes.
How best to show off the new facility and get prospective students dreaming about pursuing a career in beverage management to enroll? A new, snazzy video that raises the community college’s profile, builds awareness for the program, and tells a moving story of limitless potential.
The DC Public Education Fund sought out the LAI Video team’s help in spreading the word about an innovative study abroad program that aimed to send hundreds of DCPS students on fully-funded trips all across the globe.
With just one video, we successfully accomplished these three key objectives:
- We enticed students—many of whom had never left the Washington, DC area in their lives—to apply for this study abroad program
- We explained how the study abroad program worked for parents
- We attracted the attention of potential donors to help drive the program's success
You want uplifting? You want poignant? You want to cry happy tears? The LAI Video team can do that.
Since 2010, DC Public Schools has been taking one special evening each year to honor the too-often unsung efforts of the very best teachers and school support staff—which they call Standing Ovation.
In addition to hosting the annual Standing Ovation recognition ceremony, each of the major honorees was also featured and profiles in their own video, so we’re not only hearing about these incredible individuals in the speeches given during the big recognition ceremony night, but we’re really seeing how much these people are loved, valued, and needed by their school communities and hearing directly from the students that they have impacted, touched, and inspired. These individual recognition ceremony videos serve as great publicity for DCPS and its dedicated employees, in addition to being wonderful keepsakes for the recipients being recognized to take home with them following the event.
Want to see more industry-specific video campaigns? Take a look at our industry spotlights to catch a glimpse of the different styles and approaches we have taken with each client engagement to meet a goal, accomplish an objective, or address a challenge for different client organizations across a myriad of different industries and business sectors.
BRING YOUR INDUSTRY STORy TO LIFE
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