Clock Hours for Teachers

Many classes through SIFF Education are available for continuing education clock hours for WA State Teachers. Film is a multi-disciplinary art form that affords an exceptional opportunity to connect media literacy across the spectrum of school subjects.

SIFF is an approved clock hour provider with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. We are delighted to provide continuing education clock hours for the classes below. 

Click below to learn more about each class and please let us know if you have any questions about the clock hour redemption. We will update this page everytime new classes are approved. PSESD confirms clock hours approxiately 2-3 months in advance of the class.

There is an additional administrative fee through the Educational Service District for the redemption of the clock hours that is not collected by SIFF.


Saturday, February 8, 2020
Cinema DNA: In the Footsteps of Kurosawa (3 clock hours) - Learn more
Spend the afternoon exploring the films, filmmakers, film narratives, and film movements that drew their inspiration from Kurosawa's extraordinary filmography.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Color Line 
(2 clock hours) - Learn more
Examine the depiction of racism and the color line in film, and what that teaches us about whiteness.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Elvis, Evergreens, and Umbrellas: 50 Years of Seattle on the Big Screen 
(3 clock hours) - Learn more
Location scout Dave Drummond takes us on a tour of over 50 years of on-location filming in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Frontier 
(2 clock hours) - Learn more
Explore what the depictions of westward expansion on film tells us about violence, gender, and the white imagination in the United States.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Cinema Dissection: His Girl Friday with Kathy Fennessy 
(5.5 clock hours) - Learn more
Keeping up with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant is just part of the fun. Hawks' screwball comedy is a masterclass of craft that will be a delight to unveil with the guidance of film critic Kathy Fennessy.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
L.A. Noir: Murder, Betrayal, and Sunshine (3 clock hours) - Learn more
While not every noir film was set in Los Angeles, L.A. would become a location where the style would flourish. Instructor John Trafton will look at L.A. noir cinema and its continued influence on Los Angeles-set films up to the present day.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: Abroad 
(2 clock hours) - Learn more
Investigate films about Americans abroad, and what they reveal about how the US sees itself in the world over time.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
What The Femme!: Vamps 
(3 clock hours) - Learn more
Explore the history of 'vamps' from silent film sexuality to film noir's femme fatales to otherworldly vampires and succubi with WTF! Programmer Colleen O'Holleran

4 Thursdays, March 5 - 26, 2020
Monstrous Marriages (8 clock hours) - Learn more
Maidens. Monsters. Castles. Dungeons. Romance. Horror. This four-week class will explore the ways in which fairy tale relationships with animals/gods have become a mainstay of horror and romance.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Cinema Dissection: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Vivian Hua (5.5 clock hours) - Learn more
Michel Gondry's surprisingly balanced Romantic-SciFi-Comedy-Drama affords a wonderful opportunity to uncover its cinematic secrets with NWFF's Vivian Hua as our fearless leader.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Cinema DNA: Children of Vertigo (3 clock hours) - Learn more
Expand and enrich your appreciation of the power that Hitchcock and Vertigo brought to the cinema through the examination of several great films that owe enormous debt to Vertigo and honor its continuing place in film culture.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
What The Femme!: I Will Survive (3 clock hours) - Learn more
How does female victimization onscreen impact representations of strong, independent women characters? Join pop culture analyst Dr. Allison Palumbo to discuss the woman-as-survivor identity and her role in film since the 1980s.