• Beyond Measure Trailer
    • "Must-see viewing for anyone who cares about education.”
      — LA Times
    • “…the most powerful film…in many years about what’s needed—and possible—in American education.”
      — Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation
    • “a remarkable achievement..powerfully useful...”
      - Dr. Elizabeth Coleman, former President, Bennington College
    • "We can certainly do better for the students of today and tomorrow, and 'Beyond Measure' offers a hopeful place to start.”
      - LA Times
    • “Abeles sees how the clamor for change in American education is growing and will not be assuaged by new or better slogans."
      - Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, writing for the New York Times
       
             

Be Fearless in 2017-2018

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

We need leaders in every community who can engage diverse stakeholders, assess individual school needs, and create space for localized conversation and action about childhood health and learning.

Since 2009, we’ve partnered with more than 8000 schools to show one of our films–Race to Nowhere or Beyond Measure–and to facilitate meaningful conversations about creating healthy learning environments for our children. Recently, one such school rose to the fore: Lexington High School in Massachusetts, where 15% of students have said they’ve considered taking their own life in the last year. As dire as those statistics are, the Lexington community is moving beyond fear to courageously take action. As reported in the New York Times, after screening our films and reading our book as a community, Lexington is addressing the root causes of student stress in their schools, and taking multi-pronged action. Avoiding finger-pointing or Band-Aid fixes, Lexington is working on the kinds of solutions–like fundamentally redefining what it means to be a successful student–that lead to true culture change. They’re addressing their pressure-cooker school culture head-on, by coming together to identify problems, find solutions, and listen to one another.

We’d love to partner with your community, too, bringing our films and book to your town to spark dialogue and action. We’ll provide the film, discussion questions, promotional materials, and the chance to tap into our vast national network of grassroots educational change-makers. In turn, you can use Race to Nowhere to open up an honest and productive conversation about student health and wellness in your community, and our new film Beyond Measure (and our book of the same title!) for inspiration on real-life school transformations that have upended the pressure-cooker school climate.

“Without new visions we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down.”
– Robin Kelley, Author and UCLA Professor

2017 – 2018 American Film Showcase

We’re humbled to announce that Beyond Measure  will be included in the 2017 – 2018 American Film Showcase, the United States’ premier film diplomacy program facilitated by the US State Department and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The American Film Showcase sends select documentaries, independent films, and filmmakers to countries around the world, offering workshops and presentations in order to “present a more nuanced image of life in America [and] build cultural bridges by highlighting shared challenges across international borders.”

In the 2017 – 2018 year, the American Film Showcase will work in communities in more than 35 countries, including Colombia, Uruguay, Morocco, Tanzania, Lithuania, Egypt, Jordan, India, Vietnam, Russia, Philippines, and Japan.

Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.

In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.

Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?

In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?

About The Book

From Simon & Schuster, this book is years in the making.
It’s a huge leap in our work to reclaim childhood and education from the Race to Nowhere.
It not only explains the urgent need for action, but it also shows us how to
take those first, important steps.
 

“America, this is your wake-up call. With both heart and smarts, Vicki Abeles showcases the courageous communities
that are rejecting the childhood rat race and reclaiming health and learning.
Our kids really need us to listen.”

—Maria Shriver

LEARN MORE & ORDER TODAY

Upcoming Screenings

If there isn’t a screening near you, organize one of your own and share the film with your community!


Click here to host a screening!

9/21/2017

LYNNWOOD, WA: Martha Lake Elementary School

Race to Nowhere Screening

9/22/2017

MENLO PARK, CA: St. Raymond’s School

9/26/2017

MENLO PARK, CA: St. Raymond’s School

9/26/2017

SANTA CLARA, CA: Santa Clara University

Mental Health Summit with Congressman Ro Khanna 

Director, Vicki Abeles, attending 

10/2/2017

WALPOLE, MA: Walpole READS, Walpole High School Guidance and Counseling Office and Walpole Public Library

10/3/2017

HANOVER, NH: Circle Up at Richmond Middle School

10/4/2017

FORT WORTH, TX: College of Education at TCU

10/15/2017

THOUSAND OAKS, CA: Temple Adat Elohim

Race to Nowhere Screening

10/17/2017

TOWN & COUNTRY, MO: Mason Ridge Elementary PTO

10/18/2017

BEVERLY, MA: Glen Urquhart School

 

10/19/2017

HONG KONG: The ISF Academy

Race to Nowhere Screening

 

10/23/2017

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville and the Council for Relationships

Race to Nowhere Screening

 

10/24/2017

ALAMEDA, CA: Christ Episcopal Church 

Race to Nowhere Screening

 

10/24/2017

LAFAYETTE, CA: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

10/25/2017

WEBSTER GROVES, MO: Webster Groves School District

11/1/2017

EUREKA, MO: Rockwood School District

11/2/2017

NYACK, NY: Nyack Public Schools

11/14/2017

LYNNWOOD, WA: Martha Lake Elementary School

Race to Nowhere Screening

11/27/2017

PATCHOGUE, NY: St. Joseph’s College, Long Island Campus

11/28/2017

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA: St. Mark’s School

12/4-8/2017

CAMEROON, US EMBASSY: American Film Showcase

Director, Vicki Abeles, in attendance 

1/11/2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: St. Anne’s-Belfield School

1/16/2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Jewish Community High School of the Bay

3/1/2018

EUREKA, MO: Rockwood School District

3/19-26/2018

SRI LANKA, US EMBASSY: American Film Showcase

Director, Vicki Abeles, in attendance 

4/9/2018

RICHMOND, VA: Godwin High School PTSO

Race to Nowhere Screening

4/24/2018

NEW YORK, NY: Trevor Day School

Race to Nowhere Screening

6/1/2018

EUREKA, MO: Rockwood School District

PAST SCREENINGS

9/19/2017

FLOWER MOUND, TX: Downing Middle School

Race to Nowhere Screening

9/19/2017

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: PTO at Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo

9/18/2017

ATLANTA, GA: Inspired Living

9/17/2017

CINCINNATI, OH: Wyoming Community Conversation Coalition

9/14/2017

DANVILLE, CA: Monte Vista High School

Director, Vicki Abeles, in attendance 

9/13/2017

WATERTOWN, MA: The Family Cooperative

9/8/2017

FLAGSTAFF, AZ: LAUNCH Flagstaff

8/24/2017

MALVERN, AUSTRALIA: Association of Independent Schools (AISSA)

8/23/2017

WHITE RIVER JCT, VT: Hartford School District

8/23/2017

NEW HAVEN, CT: Metropolitan Business Academy

8/21/2017

GRANBY, CO: East Grand School District

8/13/2017

HOUSTON, TX: Memorial Drive Lutheran Church

Race to Nowhere Screening

8/9/2017

ATLANTA, GA: Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

8/1/2017

EUREKA, MO: Rockwood School District

7/30/2017

CUPERTINO, CA: Orenda Education

Director Vicki Abeles in attendance

7/26/2017

ST. LOUIS, MO: Affton School District

Private Professional Development Screening

 

“People need to be energized, they need to be inspired,
and they need to have their imaginations fired up.”

 

– Sir Ken Robinson

 

          

Start Now

HOST A SCREENING



Beyond Measure’s community screenings campaign will bring the film to hundreds of schools, colleges, organizations and companies across the country in the coming school year. YOU can be a catalyst for positive change in your community by hosting a screening. Film is a powerful tool to help ignite conversation, raise awareness, and drive change. It is our hope that this film will be build on the movement that started with Race to Nowhere by painting a picture of what’s possible in our schools.

We make hosting a breeze, providing you with everything you need to plan a successful screening.
Please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.




Beyond Measure Trailer


"...the most powerful film…in many years about what’s needed—and possible—in American education."
— Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation

"a remarkable achievement..powerfully useful..."
- Dr. Elizabeth Coleman, former President, Bennington College

"Abeles sees how the clamor for change in American education is growing and will not be assuaged by new or better slogans."
- Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, writing for the New York Times.

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Thought Leaders

In producing Beyond Measure, we have the interviewed internationally-known leading experts in education, child development, creativity, motivation and academic equity. Here are some of the individuals whose research and extensive experience has inspired and informed our film:

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SIR KEN ROBINSON, PHD
Author of multiple books, including Finding Your Element, Robinson is an internationally recognized thought leader in creativity, education and innovation. His TED talk “How Schools Kill Creativity” is one of the most watched in TED’s history.
DanPink
DANIEL PINK
Author of the New York Times best-selling books Drive and A Whole New Mind, Pink was named by Thinkers 50 as one of the top 15 best business thinkers in the world. He was a speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore and an aide to former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
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LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, PHD
Darling-Hammond is a professor at Stanford University and original founder of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. During 2008, she served as the education advisor for President Obama’s campaign. She is the author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

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ALISON GOPNIK, PHD
Gopnik is an internationally renowned expert in child psychology and development. She has authored several books, including The Scientist in the Crib and is currently a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.

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YONG ZHAO, PHD
Zhao is an internationally known scholar and author of over 20 books, including World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. In 2012 he was named as one of the 10 most influential people in educational technology by Tech and Learn magazine. He is currently an education professor at the University of Oregon.
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CAROL DWECK, PHD
The author of Mindset, Dweck is one of the world’s leading experts on the development of student mindsets and the psychology of self conception. She is the founder of Mindset Works and a professor at Stanford University in social and developmental psychology.

Meet the Team

VICKI ABELES

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, speaker, and passionate advocate in the areas of education, health and children...

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LYNDA WEINMAN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lynda Weinman is the founder of Lynda.com, the leading online forum for business, software and...

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SARA TRUEBRIDGE

EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Sara Truebridge, Ed.D. is an education consultant, researcher, author and speaker specializing in resilience...

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JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

EDITOR

Jeffrey Friedman’s editing credits include a number of award-winning films and television documentaries...

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MARK ADLER

COMPOSER

Emmy Award-winning composer. Marks is known for his work on Food Inc (2008), Amadeus (1984), and...

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MARK SMITH

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mark Smith is an award-winning cinematographer-film collaborator with roots in entertainment...

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