5.45pm Food, drink, exhibitors
6.45pm Film commences, followed by Q&A and prize raffle
Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional educational methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionise teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about "school" will never be the same. Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one room schoolhouse evolved into an effective system that produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorisation. Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth - and our nation - as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology and automation.
Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.
Watch the trailer
'Schools should teach kids how to think, not to memorise' - The Huffington Post
'A venture Capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here's what he found' - The Washington Post
'Innovators' ideas for reform should prod educators' - The Chicago Tribune
Karen Bennetts, Senior Adviser and Publications Coordinator, Montessori Australia Foundation
Karen has been involved in the Montessori community for over 20 years. Karen's own experience of attending a conventional school as a child sent her searching for a different approach to education for her own children. As a mother she came across Montessori when her first child was two, and all three of her children subsequently spent time in a Montessori program.
Karen was founding principal of a Montessori school for ten years and taught primary age children for eight of those years. She has Montessori training across all years of formal education from Early Childhood to the end of Secondary schoolin. Aside from her role with the Montessori Australia Foundation, Karen is also completing a PhD in Montessori Leadership at Monash University. Karen loves talking about how education systems can be improved.
Melissa Rowe, mental health social worker, mother, counsellor, lover of nature, maker of things and self nurturer.
Melissa has worked for over 15 years as a social worker in Child Protection, Services for Separated families, private practice and as a school counsellor. Through her work with families in crisis, suffering from the effects of significant trauma, mental health issues, drug addiction, family violence, homelessness, child abuse and generational poverty, Melissa developed a passion for empowering parents to embrace their natural intuitive parenting ability so that they can be the best parents they can be and raise mentally healthy children. Melissa’s mission is to reunite parents with their natural parenting ability so that they can transform their families from frustration to a place of deep connection, trust and love!
Nicola Forrest, Deputy Principal at Cornish College
Nicola's key focus is on creating an innovative curriculum that ensures teachers are educating for a sustainable future. With the motto “Make a Difference”, Cornish College strives to create a curriculum through which students become passionate about making a difference for a sustainable world and are empowered with the skills and knowledge to be the change they want to see in the world. A school-wide pedagogy that empowers students to become creative thinkers and questioners plays a significant role in this change.
With extensive experience in inquiry-based learning and curriculum design in schools, Nicola has presented professional development programs and conference workshops on inquiry learning, concept driven curriculum and curriculum design at statewide and national conferences.
SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film & Conversation events are an evening at the movies with a difference.
Join us to experience:
– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways with raffle proceeds donated to a cause aligned with the film's message
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)