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    • "Must-see viewing for anyone who cares about education.”
      — LA Times
    • “…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
    • "We can certainly do better for the students of today and tomorrow, and 'Beyond Measure' offers a hopeful place to start.”
      - LA Tmes
    • “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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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:

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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.
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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.
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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.

Contact Us

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Reel Link Films
3527 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, Ca 94549
Ph: (925) 310-4242
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Vicki Abeles
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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?

Upcoming Screenings

If there isn’t a screening near you, organize one of your own and share the film with your community!


Click here to host a screening!

12/07/2016

SUN PRAIRIE, WI: Sun Prairie Area School District & Sun Prairie Community Schools

1/09/2017

SPOKANE, WA: PRIDE Prep Schools

1/11/2017

SPOKANE, WA: PRIDE Prep Schools

1/19/2017

HOUSTON, TX: Travis Elementary PTA

Race to Nowhere Screening

1/24/2017

SPOKANE, WA: PRIDE Prep Schools

1/25/2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

1/31/2017

SPOKANE, WA: PRIDE Prep Schools

2/01/2017

TOLLAND, CT: Tolland Public Schools

2/01/2017

CAMARILLO, CA: Camarillo Council of PTAs

Race to Nowhere Screening

3/01/2017

NORTH BRANCH, NJ: Raritan Valley Community College

Race to Nowhere Screening

3/04/2017

BETHESDA, MD: CAPSGW

Race to Nowhere Screening

3/20/2017

MENLO PARK, CA: Hillview Middle School

4/25/2017

WINSTON SALEM, NC: Summit School

PAST SCREENINGS

12/5/2016

ORANGE, NJ: Orange Public School District

11/29/2016

TACOMA, WA: Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools

11/28/2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA:  Real Time Learning Australia, Inc. 

11/18/2016

WYNCOTE, PA:  Cheltenham School District & the Avalon Foundation

11/17/2016

CUPERTINO, CA: Christa McAuliffe School & RHM Realty

11/16/2016

NEW ROCHELLE, NY: New Rochelle High School PTSA

11/15/2016

HAYDEN, ID: Hayden Canyon Charter & AIER

11/13/2016

SAN ANTONIO, TX: Acton Academy San Antonio

11/10/2016

MERCER ISLAND, WA: ParentMap and Stroum Jewish Community Center

11/9/2016

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Nepean High School Auditorium

11/8/2016

NEWBURYPORT, MA: Newburyport High School Auditorium

11/3/2016

Bronx, NY: Fordham University

Race to Nowhere Screening

11/2/2016

CULVER CITY, CA: The Willows Community School

Director/Author Vicki Abeles in Attendance

11/1/2016

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA: Regency Director’s Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel

Director/Author Vicki Abeles will be in attendance, speaking about her film and book.  

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

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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.
Please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.




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.

 

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

 

– Sir Ken Robinson