The start of school is a meaningful time for parents, educators and students alike to plan for the year ahead. Consider bringing one of our films to your community as a forum for nuanced conversation about prioritizing student health and deep learning. Communities are setting out to change school culture nationwide as never before.
Today we’re asking you to take action in your community:
The most powerful decisions for our students are made not in the lofty halls of Washington, but in local boardrooms, community gatherings, classrooms, and at our kitchen tables. Now more than ever we need to speak up, gather locally, and shape our schools from the bottom up.
Film screenings ignite local change. A screening sparks the conversation so many of you want and need to have. You find new local allies and expand the group that’s engaging in action. Now is the time to be part of something bigger. We have the chance to show the country what’s truly possible in schools when courageous communities organize for change. We must ask: What do our children need? Then we must take action to meet these needs. And that begins with communities coming together, speaking the truth, and listening to each other.
Communities around the country are
already making powerful change happen:
—Lexington, MA: Parents and school officials are teaming up to improve student health following multiple film screenings and a community read of the book.
—Orinda, CA: Glorietta Elementary changed its school mission after a film screening and is moving toward project-based learning.
—Elkins Park, PA: After screening Beyond Measure, the Cheltenham School District is creating a school-within-a-school for project-based learning this fall.
—Chicago, IL: Walter Payton College Prep High School transformed its schedule to grant students time for individual help, projects, and personal passions.