The future of education will be the focus when the Neenah Joint School District hosts the Fox Valley’s first screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed on March 9 in Pickard Auditorium at Neenah High School.
The free, public event starts at 6:30 p.m. with discussion from education experts Dr. Josh Garrison and Oliver Schinkten. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a brief audience discussion.
Most Likely to Succeed, which was completed in 2015, compels audiences to consider what sort of educational environment is best for students in the 21st century. It explores how the United States’ educational system was the envy of the world over a century ago, but has not evolved as the world has changed. The documentary focuses on a San Diego school that is completely re-thinking what the experience of going to school looks like.
"The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing," states the movie’s website (mltsfilm.org). "After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again."
The film, produced by award-winning documentarian Greg Whiteley, appeals to parents, teachers, students and community members. Education Week called it "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced."
"We are excited to bring Most Likely to Succeed to the Fox Valley," said Neenah superintendent Dr. Mary Pfeiffer. "The film is inspiring and thought-provoking while challenging us to find the best ways to reach today’s students. We are proud of what is happening in our schools and we know that this viewing will further ignite creative thinking and practice to enhance student learning."
The pre-movie discussion will highlight some of the key aspects of the film with experts who have studied the future of education.
Dr. Garrison teaches courses in the history of education and childhood, multiculturalism, and global issues facing children and schools. He is firmly committed to teaching educational foundations as a child-centered discipline. His research focuses on the history of childhood and he is currently working on two book-length projects in that field.
Schinkten is a national speaker, consultant, writer and staff author for LinkedIn and Lynda.com. He is an expert in learning and teaching, specializing in supporting educators as they work to empower students. As a learning facilitator passionate about education reform and revolutionizing education, he believes in providing every student with a real-life, relevant, engaging, and personalized education in which they "learn how to learn," develop character and integrity and get inspired to become lifelong learners and world changers.