“Most Likely to Succeed” film about public education





    Co-presented by CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and The Loft Cinema, with additional support from Tucson Values Teachers, UA College of Education, EdLeader21 and Community Share.

    Featuring a post-film discussion with Steve Holmes, Sunnyside School District Superintendent; Valerie Greenhill, President/Co-Founder of EdLeader21; Angelique Montaño, High School Student, Class of 2017; and, Bob Pearlman, strategy consultant for 21st Century school and district development. Carrie Brennan, Executive Director of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, will moderate the panel.

    “Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America’s new college graduates are unable to find employment. In the eye-opening documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective. Schools like San Diego’s High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Whiteley follows students, teachers, and parents to see if this different model can reawaken the love of learning and offer the potential for a paradigmatic shift in education. (Dir. by Greg Whiteley, 2015, USA, 86 mins., Not Rated)”

    CITY Center for Collaborative Learning designs, implements, and advances exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. The Tucson-based nonprofit provides professional development and community engagement experiences for educators and education advocates, while leading three small secondary schools that serve as demonstration sites.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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