Most Likely to Succeed


Co-presented by CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and The Loft Cinema, with additional support from Tucson Values Teachers, UA College of Education, EdLeader21 and Community Share.

Featuring a post-film discussion with Steve Holmes, Sunnyside School District Superintendent; Valerie Greenhill, President/Co-Founder of EdLeader21; Angelique Montaño, High School Student, Class of 2017; and, Bob Pearlman, strategy consultant for 21st Century school and district development. Carrie Brennan, Executive Director of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, will moderate the panel.

“A smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century.” – Glenn Heath Jr., Hollywood Reporter

Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America’s new college graduates are unable to find employment. In the eye-opening documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective. Schools like San Diego’s High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Whiteley follows students, teachers, and parents to see if this different model can reawaken the love of learning and offer the potential for a paradigmatic shift in education. (Dir. by Greg Whiteley, 2015, USA, 86 mins., Not Rated)

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning designs, implements, and advances exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. The Tucson-based nonprofit provides professional development and community engagement experiences for educators and education advocates, while leading three small secondary schools that serve as demonstration sites.