Some of the most pressing issues facing America's educational system will be discussed during the "Education and Society" documentary film series sponsored by the University of Washington College of Education's Master in Education Policy program.
Tom Halverson, director of the MEP program, said the series is intended to spark conversation between audience members and local educators, advocates and policymakers who will participate in panel discussions following each screening. The screenings are free and open to the public.
"If we're going to reform education to serve all students well, we need to partner with a variety stakeholders," Halverson said. "Our goal is bring people together for some thoughtful conversations about how we can work together to develop solutions."
Oct. 13 — Degrees of Hope
What does educational access mean for students in the 21st century? This film depicts the lives of five college students — a first-generation student, a community college transfer student, a veteran, an online learner and an adult learner — and the barriers they faced accessing higher education.
4 to 6 p.m., Smith Hall 120
Oct. 27 — The Cartel
How has the richest and most innovative society on earth suddenly lost the ability to teach its children at a level that other modern countries consider ‘basic’? This is the central question that drives this penetrating and gripping documentary, which explores the resourcing and financial management of our public schools. Discussants are Dave Powell, executive director of Stand for Children; Liv Finne, director of the Center for Education at the Washington Policy Center; Rob McGregor, assistant director of UW's Leadership for Learning program and former superintendent of Kelso School District; and John Higgins, education reporter at The Seattle Times.
6 to 8 p.m., Smith Hall 120
Nov. 10 — American Teacher
Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, this documentary tells the collective story of those closest to the issues in our educational system — the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country.
4 to 6 p.m., Smith Hall 120
Dec. 1 — Beyond Measure
Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?
6 to 8 p.m., Kane Hall 120
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