Most Likely to Succeed film night

Most Likely to Succeed film night

What could schools be if we have the vision and courage not just to reform, but transform them?

  • February 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Agora - auditorio 3

You are warmly welcome to Most Likely To Succeed (2015) documentary’s second screening in Finland Wednesday February 15 and to spend an evening with the topic of future education.

Greg Whiteley’s Most Likely To Succeed is a compelling film about schools, education and their direction in the complex societies we live in. The documentary has gained success for example in Sundance – and Tribeca film festivals.

Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what schools could be – if we have the vision and courage not just to reform, but transform them. The documentary tells the story of how the education system developed in the USA and what it has become today as it struggles to cope with the demands of a rapidly changing society. In developed western countries education does not guarantee success as it once did. But rather than surrounding students in the innovation we see outside of schools, the way we teach and learn remains strikingly similar to previous generations. After showcasing these challenges, the documentary tells the story of High Tech High schools in California. In High Tech High teaching and learning are organized to support every student’s curiosity through personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer. Here, students and teachers together are empowered to shape learning to prepare them for a changing world. 

After the documentary we will host a panel discussion where students, teachers and researchers  will share their thoughts after seeing the documentary and have discussions with the audience.

The event is free of charge but please let us know if you’re coming. SIGN-UP HERE by 13 February.

The event is organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the University of Jyväskylä Department of Teacher Education. The event will be held in English.


17.00 Refreshments and networking

17.30 Movie starts

19.15 Panel discussions and discussions with the audience

Mark Poole, teacher, High Tech High
Emma Kostiainen, Pedagogical Leader
Tommi Mäkinen, University Teacher
Laura Tuohilampi, University Teacher

19.45 Thank you!

Sitra has commenced a research project that will explore the intersection of sustainability, well-being and education for a globalised society and a changing planet. The primary research question for the Education for a Changing World research project is: how do we enable students, schools and communities to become the building blocks of a new societal model organised around sustainable well-being? The outcomes of the project will be published in the form of a book in May 2017. Find out more:

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