CADIZ-On September 15, 2016, Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School will take part in Most Likely to Succeed’s worldwide campaign to re-imagine education.
A screening of the acclaimed film will be held at 6 p.m. and it offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and AFI DOCS. It has been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school. In the past year, more than 1,500 communities have booked a screening of the film.
The purpose of this event is to foster meaningful discussion among educators, administrators, parents, and students. After the documentary, Eagle Rock’s Professional Development Team will lead a roundtable discussion to process the film and discuss next steps to support re-imagining education in our community. Born out of these conversations is a community-wide commitment to moving forward; transformational initiatives will be undertaken and real change will ignite. This event is open to the public.
Last year, the Harrison Hills community passed a levy to build a new school building and voted that project-based learning (“PBL”) would become a core teaching practice. Rather than waiting for the new building, the district faculty began working towards implementing PBL with the support of Weirton native Staci Galloway. Galloway, who works for the non-profit Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center, has been coaching Harrison Central for the past year and plans to continue in that role for the foreseeable future. Eagle Rock’s coaching model centers around long-term implementation of projects building off of the strengths and passions of their partners.
Located in Estes Park, Colo., Eagle Rock is an initiative of American Honda Motor Company. The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who wish to study how to re-engage, retain and graduate students. They provide consulting services at school sites around the United States and host educators at their beautiful mountainside campus in Estes Park who wish to study and learn from our practices. Last year, Eagle Rock began collaborating with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, Harrison Hills City School District, and Toronto City School District to re-imagine what education looks like in the Ohio Valley.
Please visit mltsfilm.org for more information about the film and movement.
About Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock, a nonprofit Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the American Honda Motor Company, is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition.
The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who are interested in engaging in education renewal and reform. The Professional Development Center works with educators committed to making high school a more engaging experience for our country’s youth.
We envision this country’s high schools as high functioning centers of engagement and learning. We accelerate school improvement and support implementation of engaging practices that foster each students’ unique potential and help young people use their minds well.