Lifting up students, school, and society

As the world begins to re-open, now is not the moment to “return to normal.” It’s time to radically transform childhood and school to allow our kids to thrive. Together, we can share stories and build alliances to inspire a healthier generation and lift up our society.

“People need to be energized, they need to be inspired, and they need to have their imaginations fired up.”

– Sir Ken Robinson

OUR FILMS

We invite communities to use our films to collectively envision new paths forward for healthy schools, healthy childhood, and a healthy society.

Chasing Childhood explores how we can change today’s landscape of overprotected, overdirected childhood so kids are free to thrive.

Race to Nowhere sounds the alarm on the widespread culture of fear and competition that has infiltrated our schools, creating an epidemic of anxious, depressed, disengaged, and unprepared students.

Beyond Measure shows what’s possible if the purpose of school is not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student. As schools begin to re-open their doors post-pandemic, get inspired by others who have reimagined education.

The Gatekeeper

Counted Out: Math in America addresses one of the most pressing problems of inequity and anxiety among students and one with the potential to transform education and society at large.
Post-production. Please stay tuned for news of its release.

High School 9-1-1 captures the life-changing power of young people actively participating in their community by following a group of highschoolers who run the only ambulance service in town.

SCREEN A FILM

We collaborate with individuals, schools, colleges, organizations, and communities to share our films, spark conversations, and inspire change in our homes, schools and communities. Whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid, we’ll make it easy for you to host a screening. Get started here.

“Without new visions we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down.”

– Robin Kelley, Author and UCLA Professor

THOUGHT LEADERS

Here are just a few of the leading experts, activists, and innovators in education, child development, arts, and social justice whose voices have inspired and informed our films.

Linda Darling-Hammond, PhD
A professor at Stanford and original founder of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She served as an education advisor for President Obama’s campaign and is the author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

Julie Lythcott-Haims
The New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016. As a Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen for over a decade, she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of over-parenting.

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD
Author of multiple books, including Finding Your Element, Robinson was an internationally recognized thought leader in creativity, education, and innovation. His TED talk “How Schools Kill Creativity” is one of the most watched in TED’s history. He passed away in August 2020.

Robert Moses
An American educator and civil rights activist, known for his work during the Civil Rights Movement. Moses developed the nationwide Algebra Project, which emphasizes teaching algebra skills to minority students based on broad-based community organizing and collaboration.

Daniel Pink
Author of the New York Times best-selling books Drive and A Whole New Mind, Pink was named by Thinkers 50 as one of the top 15 best business thinkers in the world. He was a speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore and an aide to former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Lynda Weinman
Co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com, one of the most successful companies in online education today. She is a self-taught computer expert, author, educator, and entrepreneur. A web graphics and design veteran and author of dozens of books, she is a deeply committed education advocate.

“Our job is to provide a protected space of love, safety, and stability in which children of many unpredictable kinds can flourish.”

– Alison Gopnik, pioneering developmental psychologist