Lights, Camera, Action!

image of ucdrc photo shootMichelle Sherman, Family Advocate for the Urban Child Development Resource Center, was a bit skeptical of the email from Pearson Education that appeared in her inbox.  Tempted to dismiss it as spam, curiosity prompted Michelle to open the message instead.   Much to her surprise, representatives from the educational publishing service wanted to film an interview with her for inclusion in one of their latest projects!

Pearson Education is expanding its video series to accompany publications in developmental psychology.  One current project is to add video clips to the book Life-Span Development: A Cultural Approach, by Jeffrey Arnett and Ashley Maynard, which addresses how culture impacts all key stages in lifespan development from infancy to late adulthood.  Having already filmed footage in Mexico and Botswana to offer cross-cultural comparisons, Pearson wanted to film video in and among various communities in the United States, including the Hawaiian Islands, a Native American reservation near Spokane, rural Ohio, and New York City. The aim is for the segments to illustrate similarities and differences among these communities as well as how poverty affects development. 

Michelle was asked to share the mission of UCDRC, the services it provides, the audience it serves, and the details of her role within the program.  Always eager to promote the meaningful work of UCDRC, she shared the invitation with UCDRC Director, Rhonda Mercs, and the two agreed to interview with Pearson.

image of ucdrc photo shootThe lobby of the Center for Catholic Education office suite was transformed into a studio where Michelle and Rhonda shared their experiences of working with children from under-resourced neighborhoods and diverse cultures, offering their insights of how poverty affects the development of children at all ages.

Julie Tondreau, a member of the production crew, was very complimentary of Rhonda and Michelle:  “Your interviews were invaluable to the project, and our author Ashley Maynard (who conducted the interview) said it was one of her absolute favorites.  We learned so much, and can't wait to pass the knowledge on to the students.  The work that you both do is truly inspirational and obviously so important to the community.”