•   Beyond Measure Trailer

    • “…the most powerful film…in many years about what’s needed—and possible—in American education.”
      — Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation
    • “a remarkable achievement..powerfully useful...”
      - Dr. Elizabeth Coleman, former President, Bennington College
    • “Abeles sees how the clamor for change in American education is growing and will not be assuaged by new or better slogans.“
      - Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, writing for the New York Times.






Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.

In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.

Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?

In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?

About The Book

From Simon & Schuster, this book is years in the making.
It’s a huge leap in our work to reclaim childhood and education from the Race to Nowhere.
It not only explains the urgent need for action, but it also shows us how to
take those first, important steps.
 

“America, this is your wake-up call. With both heart and smarts, Vicki Abeles showcases the courageous communities
that are rejecting the childhood rat race and reclaiming health and learning.
Our kids really need us to listen.”

—Maria Shriver

LEARN MORE & ORDER TODAY

Upcoming Screenings

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6/30/2016

FORT WORTH, TX: Texas Association of School Boards Summer Leadership Institute

6/30/2016

PORTLAND, OR: Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

7/11/2016

WALTHAM, MA: Brandeis University Education Program

7/12/2016

MEMPHIS, TN: Memphis Teacher Residency

8/8/2016

ALMA, AR: Alma School District

8/9/2016

ALMA, AR: Alma School District

8/10/2016

ATLANTA, GA: The Galloway School

8/16/2016

LOS ANGELES, CA: Sinai Akiba Academy

8/17/2016

LOVELL, WY: Big Horn County School District #1

8/25/2016

INDEPENDENCE, MO: Fort Osage R-1 School District

9/1/2016

ATLANTA, GA: The Galloway School

9/19/2016

MANLIUS, NY: Eagle Hill Middle School

9/21/2016

BURBANK, CA: John Burroughs High School

9/28/2016

SPOKANE, WA: Whitworth University

9/28/2016

WOODBRIDGE, CT: JCC of Greater New Haven

9/29/2016

PARK CITY,UT: Park City Day Schools and Park City Film Series

10/6/2016

SARASOTA, FL: Tatum Ridge Elementary School

10/13/2016

SPOKANE, WA: Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign

10/13/2016

NEEDHAM, MA: Needham Education Foundation

10/19/2016

FOXBOROUGH, MA: Massachusetts Computer Using Educators

10/21/2016

HONOLULU, HI: Schools of the Future Conference
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

10/25/2016

WELLESLEY, MA: Wellesley College

11/1/2016

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA: Sea Country Community Center
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

3/13/2017

LOUISVILLE, KY: Louisville Collegiate School

PAST SCREENINGS

 

6/27/2016

LOMA LINDA, CA: Loma Linda University – EXSEED

6/22/2016

HONOLULU, HI: Punahou School

6/21/2016

AUSTIN, TX: University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education

6/21/2016

PASADENA, MD: Anne Arundel County Public Schools

6/21/2016

ELKINS PARK, PA: Cheltenham School District

6/20/2016

LOMA LINDA, CA: Loma Linda University- EXSEED

6/16/2016

SAN ANTONIO, TX: Texas Association of School Boards Summer Leadership Institute

6/15/2016

NOVATA, CA: Buck Institute for Education
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

6/15/2016

OAKLAND, ME: Messalonskee High School

6/14/2016

MAPLE CITY, MI: Glen Lake Community School

6/4/2016

REDWOOD CITY, CA: Redwood City Library

6/8/2016

PRATTVILLE, AL: Marriott Legends at Capital Hill

6/2/2016

PASCO, WA: Columbia Basin College

5/25/2016

PASCO, WA: Columbia Basin College 

Race to Nowhere Screening

5/21/2016

SANTA CLARITA, CA: College of the Canyons

5/17/2016

BELLEVUE, WA: Bellevue High School

5/17/2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ: Bloomfield High School

5/13/2016

ORINDA, CA: Miramonte High School

5/11/2016

SPOKANE, WA: AIER (Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign)

5/11/2016

GREENSBURG, PA: Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 

5/6/2016

EL PASO, TX: University of Texas at El Paso Engineering Education and Leadership

5/5/2016

SUNNYVALE, CA: Google Beyond Measure Book Talk

Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

5/2/2016

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA: Sea Country Community Center

4/28/2016

SANTA BARBARA, CA: Santa Barbara Middle School

4/28/2016

LOS ANGELES, CA: SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room

4/28/2016

SIGNAL HILL, CA: Dramatic Results Studio

4/28/2016

WATERFORD, MI: Oakland Schools

4/28/2016

BELLEVUE, WA: Open Window School

4/26/2016

BERKELEY, CA: Escuela Bilingue Internacional

4/26/2016

WESTON, MA: Weston High School

4/25/2016

JANESVILLE, MN: Janesville-Waldorf Pemberton High School

4/25/2016

LA JOLLA, CA: La Jolla High School

4/25/2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Bayshore Elementary School District

4/22/2016

RICHMOND, BC: Matthew McNair Secondary School

4/21/2016

PALO ALTO, CA: The Children’s School of Art & Science

4/21/2016

HENRICO, VA: Richmond Montessori School

4/21/2016

SIGNAL HILL, CA: Signal Hill Public Library
Race to Nowhere Screening

4/20/2016

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA: Meet and Greet
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/19/2016

COSTA MESA, CA: South Coast Village Regency Theater
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/19/2016

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA: Sea Country Community Center
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/15/2016

ST. LOUIS, MO: Mehlville School District

4/15/2016

RALEIGH, NC: Network for Public Education Action Conference

4/13/2016

DURHAM, NC: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Race to Nowhere Screening

4/12/2016

JERSEY CITY, NJ: St. Peter’s University

4/7/2016

BRONXVILLE, NY: Sarah Lawrence College
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/7/2016

GARDEN GROVE, CA: Academic Resource Conference

4/6/2016

SCARSDALE, NY: Scarsdale Middle School Presentation by Vicki Abeles
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/4/2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS: Keynote Speaker at the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling Conference
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

4/3/2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS: Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling Conference
Race to Nowhere Screening

4/2/2016

CABOT, VT: Cabot School Performing Arts Center

4/1/2016

WYNCOTE, PA: Cheltenham School District

3/30/2016

SCARSDALE, NY: Scarsdale Public Library
Race to Nowhere Screening

3/30/2016

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Okanagan School District

3/28/2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ: Montclair State University

3/28/2016

LOCUST VALLEY, NY: Friends Academy

3/28/2016

MILL VALLEY, CA: Speak to Me

3/22/2016

DECATUR, GA: Montessori Administrators of Georgia

3/19/2016

NEW YORK CITY, NY: The Earth School

3/18/2016

FREMONT, CA: Irvington High School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

3/17/2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH: Kennett High School

3/15/2016

WALTHAM, MA: The Carroll School

3/15/2016

PELHAM, NY: Pelham PACT Coalition

3/14/2016

LARKSPUR, CA: Larkspur-Corte Madera School District

3/12/2016

OAK PARK, IL: The Lake Theater
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

3/12/2016

PORTLAND, OR: Revolution Hall

3/11/2016

BOCA RATON, FL: Donna Klein Jewish Academy

3/10/2016

GREENVILLE, SC: South Carolina Governor’s School For The Arts & Humanities

3/10/2016

NEEDHAM, MA: Olin College of Engineering
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

3/9/2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA: Framingham Public Schools
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

3/7/2016

ISLIP TERRACE, NY: East Islip High School

3/7/2016

OLD WESTBURY, NY: The Wheatley School

3/4/2016

NORRIDGE, IL: Ridgewood High School

3/3/2016

SAN DIEGO, CA: Sundance Elementary

3/2/2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI: Bloomfield Hills High School

3/2/2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI: Bloomfield Hills High School

3/2/2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO: Mountain Vista High School

3/2/2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI: Bloomfield Hills High School

3/2/2016

PORT WASHINGTON, NY: Landmark on Main Street

3/1/2016

BRAINTREE, MA: Thayer Academy

2/29/2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: Cal Poly University

2/26/2016

BIRMINGHAM, AL: Hilltop Montessori

2/25/2016

GREENVILLE, SC: Buncombe Street United Methodist Church

2/25/2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX: Texas Association of School Boards Winter Governance

2/25/2016

LONG BEACH, CA: Intellectual Virtues Academy

2/24/2016

BROOMALL, PA: St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church

2/24/2016

MIAMI, FL: University of Miami

2/24/2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Brightworks School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

2/24/2016

NEWTOWN, PA: Bucks County Community College

2/23/2016

CUPERTINO, CA: BlueLight Cinemas

2/23/2016

ST. PAUL, MN: Minnesota Waldorf School

2/20/2016

PRINCETON, NJ: Princeton Church of Christ

2/18/2016

SEATTLE, WA: University Preparatory Academy

2/18/2016

ST. PETERSBURG, FL: Alfred Adler Charter School

2/18/2016

MIDDLETOWN, IL: New Holland-Middletown Elementary School

2/16/2016

DUBLIN, CA: Dublin High School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

2/11/2016

PHOENIX, AZ: The School Superintendents Association
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

2/10/2016

BEVERLY HILLS, CA: Horace Mann Elementary School

2/9/2016

LARKSPUR, CA: The Lark Theater
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

2/9/2016

MIAMI BEACH, FL: Miami Beach JCC

2/8/2016

MOUNT VERNON, NY: Davis Middle School

2/4/2016

AMBOY, IL: Amboy High School

2/4/2016

PHOENIX, AZ: Desert Garden Montessori School

2/3/2016

NEWBURYPORT, MA: River Valley Charter School

2/2/2016

ORINDA, CA: Glorietta Elementary School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

1/30/2016

NEW HAVEN, CT: Hill Regional Career High School

1/29/2016

HOLLIS, NH: Hollis Montessori School

1/28/2016

OTTAWA, ON: St. Paul University

1/28/2016

SEATTLE, WA: Garfield High School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

1/27/2016

TUSCON, AZ: University of Arizona

1/27/2016

SANTA MONICA, CA: The ArcLight Theater
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance
Panel Including Jonathan Mooney & Pedro Noguera

1/26/2016

NEW YORK, NY: Montclare Children’s School

1/21/2016

CONCORD, MA: The Fenn School

1/21/2016

AUSTIN, TX: Lake Travis STEM Academy

1/21/2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI: The Academy of the Sacred Heart

1/14/2016

PHOENIX, AZ: Summit School of Ahwatukee

1/14/2016

LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA: Gardner Bullis Elementary School
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

1/13/2016

NEW YORK, NY: Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day School

1/12/2016

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, NY: Comsewogue High School

1/12/2016

ATLANTA, GA: Chabad Georgia

1/7/2016

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

1/6/2016

CLEARWATER, FL: The Murray Theater

12/10/2015

CARDIFF, CA: Seaside Center for Spiritual Living

12/8/2015

WYNNEWOOD, PA: Friends’ Central School

12/8/2015

ATLANTA, GA: The Cinefest Theater

12/4/2015

BOULDER, CO: Platt Middle School

12/3/2015

CAPE ELIZABETH, ME: Cape Elizabeth High School

12/2/2015

CUMBERLAND, BC: Cumberland Community School

12/2/2015

HARTFORD, CT: Trinity College

12/2/2015

MADISON, WI: The Barrymore Theater

12/1/2015

SEATTLE, WA: The University of Washington

12/1/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA: The Crest Theater

12/1/2015

CANAAN, NH: Cardigan Mountain School

11/30/2015

HILLSDALE, NJ: Pascack Valley Regional High School

11/30/2015

CADIZ, KY: Trigg County High School

11/24/2015

SCARSDALE, NY: JCC of Mid-Westchester

11/23/2015

MAPLEWOOD, NJ: [Words] Bookstore: Book Talk & Signing
Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

11/20/2015

HACKENSACK, NJ: The Bergen County Academies Auditorium

11/19/2015

VALLEY VILLAGE, CA: Adat Ari El Day School

11/18/2015

CHANHASSEN, MN: Chanhassen High School

11/18/2015

LONGMEADOW, MA: Bay Path University

11/18/2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: Community Prep School

11/17/2015

CHICAGO, IL: Walter Payton College Preparatory Academy

11/17/2015

EAST SETAUKET: Setauket Elementary School

11/16/2015

CAMDEN, ME: The Camden Opera House

11/12/2015

PLEASANTON, CA: Amador Valley High School

11/12/2015

NEW YORK, NY: The Village Community School

11/12/2015

EATONTOWN, NJ: Voyagers’ Community School

11/10/2015

ENCINITAS, CA: La Paloma Theater

11/10/2015

ENCINITAS, CA: La Paloma Theater

11/10/2015

MONTGOMERY, AL: The Montgomery Academy

11/9/2015

ALPHARETTA, GA: Milton High School

11/8/2015

FOX POINT, WI: North Shore Congregational Church

11/6/2015

BLOOMINGTON, IN: Indiana University

11/5/2015

NEW YORK, NY: PS/IS 276 Battery Park City School

11/5/2015

OAKLAND, CA: Montclair Elementary School

11/5/2015

LIBERTY, MO: William Jewell College

11/4/2015

SAN JOSE, CA: Almaden Country School

11/4/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA: The Crest Theater

11/3/2015

CHICAGO, IL: Jones College Preparatory High School

11/3/2015

SAN ANTONIO, TX: The Alamo Drafthouse

11/2/2015

CHEVY CHASE, MD: The Oneness-Family School

10/28/2015

CHICAGO, IL: A.N. Pritzker Elementary School

10/27/2015

WEST VANCOUVER, BC: Kay Meek Centre

10/27/2015

DANVILLE, CA: San Ramon Valley High School

10/28/2015

BASKING RIDGE, NJ: The Pingry School

10/26/2015

PARK CITY, UT: Jim Santy Auditorium

10/25/2015

DAVIDSON, NC: Davidson College

10/25/2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD: Annapolis High School

10/24/2015

ANN ARBOR, MI: The Clonlara School

10/24/2015

BEND, OR: Mountain View High School

10/24/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Heartland Film Festival

10/23/2015

STONY BROOK, NY: Stony Brook University

10/23/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Heartland Film Festival

10/23/2015

CASTAIC, CA: Santa Clarita Valley Charter School

10/23/2015

SAINT LOUIS, MO: Saint Louis University

10/22/2015

BEVERLY, MA: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

10/22/2015

RUMSON, NJ: The Rumson Country Day School

10/22/2015

PARADISE VALLEY, AZ: The Tesseract School

10/22/2015

BIRMINGHAM, MI: Birmingham Seaholm High School

10/21/2015

AVON, CT: Avon High School

10/21/2015

WALDWICK, NJ: The Village School

10/21/2015

SAN RAFAEL, CA: Mill Valley Film Festival

10/21/2015

ATLANTA, GA: North Atlanta High School

10/20/2015

PRINCETON, NJ: John Witherspoon Middle School

10/20/2015

BELMONT, CA: Carlmont High School

10/20/2015

TUCSON, AZ: The Loft Cinema

10/20/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Heartland Film Festival

10/20/2015

MEADVILLE, PA: Allegheny College

10/20/2015

AVON, CT: Talcott Mountain Academy

10/19/2015

BOULDER, CO: Platt Middle School

10/17/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Heartland Film Festival

10/17/2015

SAN RAFAEL, CA: Mill Valley Film Festival

10/16/2015

ATLANTA, GA: Character Education Partnership

10/11/2015

SAN RAFAEL, CA: Mill Valley Film Festival

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HOST A SCREENING



Beyond Measure’s community screenings campaign will bring the film to hundreds of schools, colleges, organizations and companies across the country in the coming school year. YOU can be a catalyst for positive change in your community by hosting a screening. Film is a powerful tool to help ignite conversation, raise awareness, and drive change. It is our hope that this film will be build on the movement that started with Race to Nowhere by painting a picture of what’s possible in our schools.

We make hosting a breeze, providing you with everything you need to plan a successful screening.
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Beyond Measure Trailer


"...the most powerful film…in many years about what’s needed—and possible—in American education."
— Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation

"a remarkable achievement..powerfully useful..."
- Dr. Elizabeth Coleman, former President, Bennington College

"Abeles sees how the clamor for change in American education is growing and will not be assuaged by new or better slogans."
- Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, writing for the New York Times.



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

 

– Sir Ken Robinson

 

          

Meet the Team

VICKI ABELES

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, speaker, and passionate advocate in the areas of education, health and children...

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LYNDA WEINMAN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lynda Weinman is the founder of Lynda.com, the leading online forum for business, software and...

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SARA TRUEBRIDGE

EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Sara Truebridge, Ed.D. is an education consultant, researcher, author and speaker specializing in resilience...

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JEFFREY FRIEDMAN

EDITOR

Jeffrey Friedman’s editing credits include a number of award-winning films and television documentaries...

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MARK ADLER

COMPOSER

Emmy Award-winning composer. Marks is known for his work on Food Inc (2008), Amadeus (1984), and...

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MARK SMITH

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mark Smith is an award-winning cinematographer-film collaborator with roots in entertainment...

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Thought Leaders

In producing Beyond Measure, we have the interviewed internationally-known leading experts in education, child development, creativity, motivation and academic equity. Here are some of the individuals whose research and extensive experience has inspired and informed our film:

SirKenRobinson_KS
SIR KEN ROBINSON, PHD
Author of multiple books, including Finding Your Element, Robinson is 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.
DanPink
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.
Linda_Darling-Hammond_KS
LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, PHD
Darling-Hammond is a professor at Stanford University and original founder of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. During 2008, she served as the education advisor for President Obama’s campaign. She is the author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

AlisonGopnick_KS
ALISON GOPNIK, PHD
Gopnik is an internationally renowned expert in child psychology and development. She has authored several books, including The Scientist in the Crib and is currently a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.

YongZhao_KS
YONG ZHAO, PHD
Zhao is an internationally known scholar and author of over 20 books, including World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. In 2012 he was named as one of the 10 most influential people in educational technology by Tech and Learn magazine. He is currently an education professor at the University of Oregon.
Dweck_KS
CAROL DWECK, PHD
The author of Mindset, Dweck is one of the world’s leading experts on the development of student mindsets and the psychology of self conception. She is the founder of Mindset Works and a professor at Stanford University in social and developmental psychology.

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