Health and Educational Films

Exploring Integrative Medicine:
A Cultural Health Video Series Educational instructional materials on the medicinal herb "OSHA"

Culturally competent health care is a complex process that includes not just understanding the health practices of others, but also honoring them so that they may be discussed in conjunction with the Western approach to medicine. Respecting the health practices of others is vital for an open, honest dialogue between client and practitioner.

This video series offers short documentary vignettes about cultural health issues and provides a teaching tool kit to create lively discussions within the classroom. The tool kit includes a PowerPoint presentation, list of works cited for further research, discussion questions and group projects.

For this video the herb OSHA was specifically chosen because it has not been discussed at length in the media, but is widely used in the western United States and has a great deal of cultural significance. Information from herbalist Teresa Vigil of the San Luis Valley of Colorado is included along with historical and cultural uses of the herb, as well as the scientific knowledge about the herb.

Carol Jensen, R.N., M.Ed., is a Professor of Integrative Therapies Program and creator of the bachelors of science in Integrative Therapeutic Practices degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

OSHA Promo Trailer - [ YouTube ]


Foundations of Oracy©
A Professional Development Module
By Diana L. Geisler, Ph.D.
Language, Literacy & Culture

The Foundations of Oracy© professional development module addresses two goals, one for teachers and one for students.
1. The first goal is to strengthen teachers’ understanding of and expertise in teaching for oracy so that they may effectively and confidently facilitate their students’ oracy skills. Teachers will learn how to scaffold students’ oracy development through enabling conversations, employing language-expanding talk moves.
2. The second goal is that students’ oracy skills will grow:
- Students will actively participate in instructional conversations.
- Students will speak using increasingly complex grammar.
- Students will speak using an ever-widening variety of language structures.
- Students will speak using a continuously-expanding vocabulary.

Dr. Diana Geisler

Diana Geisler is a teacher of bilingual and bi-dialectal children, a teacher of their teachers, and an emerging author and researcher. Dr. Geisler’s research centers on language and literacy acquisition of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the United States, with an emphasis on Spanish-English bilinguals. A certified Reading Recovery© and Descubriendo La Lectura© teacher leader, she is particularly interested in issues related to the interrelationship between oracy and literacy. Dr. Geisler currently works as a consultant on matters of language and literacy development of bilingual and bi-dialectal children.

PhD Reading, Bilingual Education, and ESL, Texas Woman’s University
MA Bilingual Education, Texas Woman’s University
BA Elementary Education, University of North Texas

Trailer - [ YouTube ]


  San Miguel Synopsis
October 3, 2017
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September 4, 2012
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  A Story To Tell
December 10, 2010
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  Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
February 16, 2006
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  Holy Week Focus
February 28, 2007
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