“Powerful.” The reaction from one local K-12 education leader who was among a group of education leaders who got a sneak peek at Ted Dintersmith’s documentary called “Most Likely to Succeed“. The documentary focuses on the current education system and examines the needs within the classroom. The film highlights High Tech High a school in California that uses an educational practice called project based learning.
The documentary continues a growing conversation focused on mainstream teaching practices versus newer education practices. What does that mean? There’s the current stand-and-deliver method of teaching or teaching to a test; it’s what we all know and remember. Then there’s a newer practice of education that incorporates what is called project-based learning (PBL). PBL focuses on one challenge or one project that forces students to work in a team to solve that problem. It turns teachers into coaches, integrates multiple subjects and challenges students to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. It more closely reflects how people live and work. PBL allows teachers to meet standards through engaging projects and real, relevant problem solving.
From an educator’s perspective, the documentary represents “a visual of the things we’ve been talking about.”
About two years ago, the Greater FM EDC, the three public schools in West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead as well as United Way of Cass Clay formed an initiative called Education that Works focused on ways to assist education in its effort to continue to make education more relevant in today’s world.
So why join us on September 17th to watch this documentary? Why will education, industry, economic development and hopefully, state legislators, and parents all be at this event?
Because this documentary sets the stage for our community to have a discussion. It’s a way to start the conversation and examine what education looks like today and its potential. It’s an opportunity to look at what is happening in our world and ask ourselves, is this enough? Are we doing enough for our students, our children and the future leaders of this nation?
“Don’t all kids deserve this?” Dr. Lynne Kovash, Superintendent, Moorhead Public Schools.
Join us September 17th 7:15 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo. Let’s start the conversation. We will be joined by Ted Dintersmith, producer/filmmaker. There will be a panel discussion after viewing the documentary. It’s free; you just need to register.