Community Education

Film Screening of “Most Likely to Succeed”

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Published 3/24/16

“Most Likely to Succeed” has been heralded as the “best film ever done on the topic of school.” This film talks about a project-based approach to teaching and learning.

 For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. The film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Most Likely To Succeed, a film by award-winning documentarian Greg Whiteley, was an official selection of the 2015 Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.

The free film screening took place on Thursday, March 24th at Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with participants.

The panel included:

  • Daniel E. Gutekanst, Superintendent of Needham Public Schools
  • Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College, Needham, MA
  • Mark Somerville, Special Advisor to the Provost, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, Olin College, Needham, MA
  • Daniel Warren, Sample & Recruitment Manager at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University; Former Grade 5 Teacher at Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA

Read coverage of the screening in the Needham Times.

Learn more about the film at http://www.mltsfilm.org/

NEF Sponsors Another Series of Needham Talks Lectures

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Needham Talks is proud to present another exciting free series of talks focused on the promotion of supportive and healthy parenting practices.  New York Times bestselling authors and internationally acclaimed speakers will be visiting our community to share their knowledge of…

  • How to effectively manage hectic lifestyles and enhance family relationships.
  • Strategies for raising authentic and emotionally intelligent girls.
  • The impact of fathers/male role models on children’s development.
  • Understanding adolescence and how to build a new relationship with your tween/teen.
  • How to discuss hard or sensitive topics with your child.

Reserve your seats today for one, two, or all five lectures at https://needhamtalks.eventbrite.com.  Space is limited!

Questions, please contact Angeline Maughan at needhamtalks2015@gmail.com. Special thank you to Needham Education Foundation (NEF) for funding this lecture series.

Needham Education Proud Sponsor of 2014-2015 Needham Talks Series

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Needham Talks: 2014-2015 Needham Elementary School Parent Lecture Series

Fostering Children’s Resilience and Social-Emotional Wellness

Please plan to attend this exciting free series of talks focused on children’s resilience and social-emotional wellness.  Nationally acclaimed speakers will be visiting our community to share their knowledge of social and brain behavior, the emotional lives of girls and boys, how to nurture children’s confidence and resilience, and the hidden consequences of the internet.  Reserve your seats today for one, two, or all four remaining lectures!  Space is limited.  ALL lectures will be held at the Newman Elementary School Auditorium from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Speaker books will be available for purchase at each event.

Questions: please contact Angeline Maughan at enrichment@newmanptc.org.

Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/needham-talks-2014-2015-needham-elementary-school-parent-lecture-series-registration-12709523527

Remaining Speakers & Dates:

December 4, 2014:  Rachel Simmons, M.A. – Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Everything in Between

March 4, 2015:  Michael Thompson, Ph.D. – Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys

April 9, 2015:  Robert Brooks, Ph.D. – Strategies for Nurturing Confidence and Resilience in Our Children

June 4, 2015:  Jon Mattleman, M.S. – The Emotional and Hidden Consequences of the Internet

 

Speaker Reminds Parents that Kids’ Self-Image Comes From Others

http://needham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141018/NEWS/141017120/?Start=1

Summer Learning Loss Presentation a Hit with Parents

Summer-Slide-May2014-web“Summer learning loss” was explored before a standing-room-only crowd at an NEF-sponsored panel in May. Local experts provided data about summertime loss and offered practical suggestions for keeping skills sharp in math (bring playing cards to the beach or track baseball statistics) and literacy (let kids stay up late to read). They also reminded parents to balance academic achievement with relaxation, exploration, and fun. For speakers’ slide presentations, see NEF’s Facebook Page.

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