Call For Releases

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  1. I looked at a release from an organization and have the following to suggest.
    Top of page: Release to videotape and photograph.
    Name of participant (student): ____________________
    Name of teacher: _________________________
    Opening paragraph or paragraphs tell about what the teacher is doing – recording himself/herself teaching. Videotaping of students is incidental to the primary purpose.
    Key paragraph details the permission. See the next paragraph for a possibility.
    “I am the adult participant or the legal parent or guardian of the child participant named above. I hereby give permission for the participant to be videotaped and photographed (with or without other classmates in a particular picture) in this teacher’s class. I understand, agree and give permission for the teacher to: (1) use the videotape or photographs for personal professional development purposes, (2) display the videotape and photographs on a private, password protected website (benslavic.com/blog) for professional development purposes, and (3) otherwise use the videotape or photographs for non-commercial, non-public educational purposes.”
    Place for signatures and dates.
    Here’s the URL for the permission slip I looked at.
    http://www.donorschoose.org/docs/permission_slip.pdf
    Also, some districts include a permission/release as part of what students and parents sign at the beginning of the year. It might not hurt to see if this has already been done at your district.

  2. Here is another one I got from Skip and Therese in Maine and thank you:
    Image/Performance Release Form
    I, ___________________________________________ hereby authorize _____________________________________________, and other affiliates to use my name, likeness, and performance (or excerpts) on film, tape, photographs or otherwise for the purpose of public relations and educational activities. I understand that I am to receive no compensation for my appearance or the use thereof. I understand that minor biographical information may be used in relation with this activity. I agree to hold _____________ High School and its affiliates harmless from any liability arising from my appearance/performance, modification or future use thereof and for any distribution or publication of this material.
    Signed: ____________________________
    Address: ___________________________
    __________________________________
    __________________________________
    Phone: ____________________
    Email: _____________________
    ____ I affirm that I am at least 18 years old.
    If you are not 18 or older, please have parents agree and sign below.
    ________________________________
    Signature of parent/guardian
    *** Attach evidence of age to this form if applicable

  3. I drafted this and would like feedback before sending to my district PR person for approval. Any red flags?
    Thanks to all for their previous posts. Robert, I don’t quite understand this piece from you: “otherwise use the videotape or photographs for non-commercial, non-public educational purposes.”
    Here’s what I’d like feedback on:
    “Mr. Boulanger uses video for professional development purposes – to improve his own teaching and to share strategies and techniques with other language educators in the district and across the country who are innovating how are languages are taught. Inclusion of students in photos or videos is incidental to the primary purpose of personal professional growth and sharing of effective techniques.
    I am the legal parent or guardian of the child participant named above.
    I hereby give permission for the participant to be videotaped and photographed (with or without other classmates in a particular picture) in Mr. Boulanger’s Spanish class.
    I understand, agree to and give permission for the teacher to:
    (1) use the videotape and/or photographs for personal professional development purposes
    and
    (2) to display the videotape and/or photographs at professional development conferences, on a school-hosted or approved webpage or video streaming site (such as vimeo.com) and on a private, password protected professional learning community website for professional development purposes”

    1. The phrase means that I can use the material for educational purposes beyond what was explicitly stated (e.g. show to other teachers during training, show to students to illustrate or teach something) as long as they are non-commercial (i.e. I won’t make money off of them) and non-public (i.e. not generally available to just anyone).

      1. ah, that clears it up. I was reading non – [public educational] as in not for use in public education, when you mean [non-public] educational purposes.
        Thank you for that clarification. As mine reads above, do you think it necessary to add such a clause?

  4. After running it through my district’s communications dept, this is the finalized version I’m going to use:
    Dear Parent/Guardian:
    As part of my own professional development and to share teaching strategies and techniques with other language educators I will be video recording portions of my lessons during class. These short video segments and/or photographs will be shared with other educators from around the world and may be posted on some public websites.
    Because your student is in my class, I wanted to inform you that your student may be videotaped or photographed as part of this project. Your student will not be identified in the videos.
    If you DO NOT want your student to participate in this project, please fill out the form below and return it to the office by ??????.
    If you have any questions, please contact me at 651-???-????.
    Sincerely,

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