We believe children’s health and success hinges on
changing school culture from the ground up–
ensuring that it’s centered around student wellness at every turn.
That’s why 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.
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
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.
that are rejecting the childhood rat race and reclaiming health and learning.
Our kids really need us to listen.”
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA: East Stroudsburg High School South Academic Improvement Committee
BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA: St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
WESTON, MA: Weston High School
MARSHALLTOWN, IA: Marshalltown Community School District
Private Professional Development Screening
VISALIA, CA: The Western Association for College Admissions Counseling
ATLANTA, GA: Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
GRANBY, CO: East Grand School District
NEW HAVEN, CT: Metropolitan Business Academy
MALVERN, AUSTRALIA : Association of Independent Schools (AISSA)
TOWN & COUNTRY, MO: Mason Ridge Elementary PTO
DANVILLE, CA: Monte Vista High School and the Monte Vista High School PTA
WALPOLE, MA: Walpole READS, Walpole High School Guidance and Counseling Office and Walpole Public Library
FORT WORTH, TX: College of Education at TCU
POST FALLS, ID: Wired2Learn Academy
ACTON, MA: Acton Boxborough Family Network with support from Acton-Boxborough United Way
PINECREST, FL: Dr. Andrew Wenger, Child Psychologist
Director Vicki Abeles in attendance
PRINCETON, NJ : Princeton Balance
Race to Nowhere Screening with Director Vicki Abeles & Princeton Director of Counseling, Dr. Calvin Chin
WAKEFIELD, RI : SK Community Voice in Education
EL CERRITO, CA : Tehiyah Day School
BEAUFORT, SC : Lowcountry Montessori School
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO : The Independent Film Society of Colorado & Mountain Song Community School
ATHENS, GA: Connect my Brain in Partnership with Chiropractic Works of Athens
Race to Nowhere Screening
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: Red Rock Church and YoungLife
Race to Nowhere Screening
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA: Edmonds School District
MENLO PARK, CA: Hillview Middle School
Professional Development Screening
PORTLAND, OR: Oregon Episcopal School
ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Sofia Center for Professional Development at Bosque School
GALLOWAY, NJ: Spread the Love Foundation
GRAYSLAKE, IL: The Millers
ORANGE, CA: Chapman University and the College of Educational Studies
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance
GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA: American School of Guatemala & Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA: American School of Guatemala & Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
BRYN ATHYN, PA: General Church Education, Bryn Athyn College, and the Academy of the New Church
LOS ALAMITOS, CA: Hopkinson PTA
COLUMBUS, OH: ESC of Central Ohio
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.
"...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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a filmmaker, speaker, and passionate advocate in the areas of education, health and children...Read More
Lynda Weinman is the founder of Lynda.com, the leading online forum for business, software and...Read More
Sara Truebridge, Ed.D. is an education consultant, researcher, author and speaker specializing in resilience...Read More
Jeffrey Friedman’s editing credits include a number of award-winning films and television documentaries...Read More
Emmy Award-winning composer. Marks is known for his work on Food Inc (2008), Amadeus (1984), and...Read More
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In 2017 we’re accelerating our work to support families, educators and school leaders who are working to end pressure-cooker school culture and to replace it with a culture of authentic learning and health for students. You can support our new initiatives–including enhanced tools for nationwide digital collaboration, awareness-building and movement-building–by contributing to our non-profit.
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