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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED-Screening and Panel Discussion

by Anne Buckley
April 22, 2017

Join us for this compelling community-wide event to learn more about the history of education in the United States and explore how we can encourage creativity and innovation in our schools to equip students for the changing needs of the future.

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED-Screening and Panel Discussion

TUESDAY, APRIL 25th at 7pm,

HOLLISTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

Join us for this compelling community-wide event to learn more about the history of education in the United States and explore how we can encourage creativity and innovation in our schools to equip students for the changing needs of the future. 

·       Did you know that the American education system is built around an 1893 model developed to equip the industrial revolution?

·       Do you feel that our current education model is preparing students for working life in the 21st century?

·       Do you agree with the existing model of teacher-led learning, or would you like to see a more widespread introduction of project-based learning?

·       Are you interested in debating the pros and cons of a major shift in teaching practices?

You are invited to a screening of the ground-breaking documentary; Most Likely to Succeed, followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of experts about re-imagining our school system.

This is a must-attend event for administrators, faculty, parents, counselors, interested students and community members; this discussion affects everyone with an interest in education, at all levels. Join us for this compelling community-wide event to learn more about the history of education in the United States and explore how we can encourage creativity and innovation in our schools to equip students for the changing needs of the future. It is your school system and we want you to be involved.

The Sundance-selected documentary has a running time of 89 minutes and explores compelling new approaches to educating students in today’s innovative world and offers ways to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about ‘school’ will never be the same again. A 30-minute panel discussion and Q & A session will follow to begin the conversation about how Holliston Public Schools can explore these ideas further. The event is FREE.

Our panelists; Mrs. Karla Garvin, HPS Montessori Director, Ms. Dominique Ross, HHS Guidance Department Leader and Dr. Brad Jackson, HPS Superintendent,  bringing you a cross-section of knowledge and insights to open the discussion.

Once you have had a chance to digest the initial introduction, we invite you to return to an interactive discussion session scheduled for

Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm at the

Robert Adams Middle School auditorium.

Want to get a head-start on the philosophy? You can preview the trailer at www.mltsfilm.org and review excerpts from the film where Sir Ken Robinson and other thought leaders tackle the most important issues facing education today:

We look forward to welcoming you to the event and to opening the discussion about the changing landscape of education within our community.

For questions, email Lynne Rahim at therahims@verizon.net

This is not a school sponsored event.

 

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Comments (2)

Yes, KUDOS to the organizers and school professionals who supported this event! Any substantive change in our school culture and learning climate starts first with an updated shared definition of STUDENT SUCCESS, and requires creativity, risk-taking, and ownership from our school administration, school professionals, and parents. It also requires a critical examination of how our current school culture, learning climate, and instructional models support (or do not support) our desired outcomes for our students beyond test scores and college admissions. In my opinion, an authentic examination requires inclusion of feedback from parents and students. I am left with many questions, chief of which are: - Where does the motivation for substantive change within public schools come from? - Can our HPS School Community truly commit to substantive change in our students' learning culture, which may require a compromise to other prioritized goals (such as test scores)? Beyond our Montessori program, which our family is a graduate of and highly values, and all the other fabulous creative thinking on innovative education that was highlighted in the film, we can look to nearby schools and elements they use to deliver a student-focused learning environment, such as McAuliffe and Keefe Tech. As a Destination Imagination team manager, I echo Beatrice's recommendation of DI (which is a PTO sponsored not a school sponsored program), which I often describe to people as the "anti-MCAS" experience for students. Best of luck with the continued discussion and evaluation - I truly wish the best for HPS and our students!

- Kathleen Bielak | 4/27/17 9:14 AM

Kudos to the PTO for bringing this documentary to town! I look forward to the next discussion on May 16 and encourage everyone to attend. Many thoughts occurred while viewing Most Likely to Succeed, but one of them was that in addition to Montessori-styled education, Destination Imagination also gives families a taste of project-based, student-driven learning and performance. And there's no lottery for that, so everyone from pre-school to grad school can get involved.

- Beatrice Wood | 4/26/17 7:21 AM

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