Uwharrie Charter hosts documentary screening

Posted May 13, 2016 at 11:48 AM

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ASHEBORO — Uwharrie Charter Academy is sponsoring a screening of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” on Saturday, May 14.

The screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, and will be followed by a discussion on the future of education.

The film, according to Heather Soja, Uwharrie’s chief education officer, “unveils the possibilities inherent in the future of education with passionate educators and innovators at the helm. Making the changes that are needed to prepare students in this ever-changing landscape will require a boldness and focus like nothing we have seen before in education.”

One of Uwharrie’s students, Jackson Lanier, also has filmed, produced and directed a short film which has complemented an invitation sent to legislators and education supporters about the screening.

Soja said, “He’s a great student with a lot of promise and I am proud of his work. This project was outside of his normal classwork and he made it happen.” The film looks at the impact of testing, from students’ perspectives, and the direction for education in the future.

To access Jackson’s work, go to https://youtu.be/21MwkGrPme4.

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, “Most Likely to Succeed” has been called a “revolutionary documentary” and been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia and Bergen. It’s also been featured at leading conferences on education.

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