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Most Likely to Succeed Tuesday, April 23

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Most Likely to Succeed Part of the Community Film Forum

  • Date: April 23, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: $5.00

This series is generously supported by the Jannotta Family
through the Gorton Producer Program

Most Likely To Succeed is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to re-imagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way. Share the film with your community to activate change now.

From Director Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U, Mitt,) and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith (author, Most Likely to Succeed).

The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. After presenting this problem, the documentary focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As we follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

An expert panel discussion will follow the film.

The panel will include:

Dr. Chala Holland, Principal, Lake Forest High School

Dr. Chala Holland is a lead learner with a passion for students, teaching, and learning. She has led multiple districts in efforts focused on improving and enhancing growth and achievement outcomes for all students and has led extensive efforts to address disparities in achievement. Chala worked at Evanston Township High School as a teacher and administrator for ten years, at Oak Park and River Forest High School as the Assistant Principal for Instruction for four years, and is now in her fourth year as Principal at Lake Forest High School. Chala has a BA in Secondary Education with a concentration in History from Northwestern University, an MA in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University, and an EdD in Urban Educational Leadership from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Joy Hurd, Head of School, Lake Forest Country Day School

Joy Hurd is the new Head of School at Lake Forest Country Day in Lake Forest, Illinois. He and his wife, Emily, have moved to Illinois from New York City, where he most recently served as Director of the Upper School (grades 7-9) at the Buckley School, a K-9 school for boys in Manhattan. He has also taught at St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), St. Bernard’s School, and Riverdale Country School. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied the classics, and he holds a master’s degree in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Joy has also pursued graduate work in English literature at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. He sits on the board of the Academy for Teachers, an organization dedicated to honoring and supporting teachers in and around New York City, and on the advisory board of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, which promotes the study and appreciation of the classical humanities.

Dr. Patrick Sassen, Director of Educational Services, Lake Forest High School

Dr. Patrick Sassen is the Director of Educational Services at Lake Forest High School. He is a learner, teacher, and leader who has led educational support teams in developing and implementing instructional and emotional supports for all students. Prior to Lake Forest High School, he served at Highland Park High School for 23 years as a Special Education teacher, Dean of students, and Assistant Principal. Dr. Sassen received his B.A. in Finance and his teaching certification from Loyola University of Chicago. He received his M.A. in Education from National-Louis University and his Ed. D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Sassen is married to Betsie Sassen and has two children, Tierney and Connell. He is a proud resident of the  Lake Bluff community.


This film is being co-presented with LEAD, The Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and CROYA.

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