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Redlands is a hosting a free screening of the film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ in Redlands Hall on 26th May @ 4:30pm. It is open to all Redlands Staff and teachers from our community. The film was released at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and can only be seen through hosted screenings. It is a film that provokes conversations and encourages its audiences to ask questions about the future of education. Although based largely in ‘High Tech High’ in California, the film is of value to anyone with an interest in education across grade levels and systems.

You can view the trailer online - http://www.mltsfilm.org/ - or - https://vimeo.com/122502930

Register online: https://www.trybooking.com/LGLB

About the film:

"The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.”

"Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation and growing levels of income inequality”.

"Two years ago, if you’d asked my wife and me to describe the ideal school for our two kids, I’d have probably said, “the school that will get them into the best college.” If you pressed me to get more specific about the curriculum or what the teachers would be like, I would have probably cited some school with the highest test scores. Then I met Ted Dintersmith, who introduced me to Tony Wagner. Tony gave me a copy of his book 'The Global Achievement Gap', and it suddenly occurred to me that our school system—and the ways we assess it—have become obsolete. I knew our nation’s schools were less than ideal, but I attributed their shortcomings to a general laziness, which caused us to trail China and India in math and science scores. As a result, I was sympathetic to the notion that the school day ought to be lengthened, more homework ought to be required and teachers and administrators ought to be held accountable for poor test scores. But after filming in well over one hundred classrooms across the U.S. and speaking extensively with people like Ted, Tony, Thomas Friedman of the NY Times, Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Lazlo Bock of Google and Sir Ken Robinson, my eyes began to open to what school could and should be. I can’t express what a helpless feeling it was to be making this movie and then dropping my own kids off at a school I was now convinced was wasting their time. I can’t think of an issue more pressing or more personal than education."
Greg Whiteley – Director, Writer, Producer

"High Tech High, where project-based learning is a central precept, was founded by educator Larry Rosenstock in collaboration with Gary Jacobs of the global semiconductor company Qualcomm and Kay Davis of the Business Roundtable. The school provides an alternative to traditional rote memorization in teacher-led classrooms by giving students the means to explore subjects more deeply. The school promotes learning by doing and aims to create all-important “soft skills” such as independent thinking, collaboration and decision-making—qualities many experts believe are critical to the next wave of American workers. Humanities teacher Mark Aguirre explains it this way: “One of the things we tell kids is: ‘Listen, you have a choice: I can micromanage you through this thing or you can do it on your own.’ So what I think we do is help them find ways to figure it out on their own.” For teachers, working at High Tech High means having the freedom to design and teach their classes in any way they choose, even if it means turning traditional teaching methods on their heads.”

"Most Likely to Succeed provides a new “vision of what is possible in today’s schools, with a compelling example from High Tech High in San Diego, CA. The school emphasizes creativity, project-based learning, technology-enabled instruction and a student-centered culture. This lm should be watched by every caring parent and educator who wants to improve the learning process."
Cindy Johanson, Edutopia

What you can do to help spark a conversation:
  • Register to attend the screening at Redlands
  • Encourage your team members to register
  • Invite other teachers you know about the screening
  • Invite teachers from neighbouring schools to register
  • Promote the screening to members of your Personal Learning Network