Most Likely to Succeed Recap!

On May 25th, Alesi Group and The Kindergarten Experience hosted an exclusive community screening of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix.

"Most Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. Run, don’t walk, to bring this film to your school. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again."

The creators of this film have stayed true to their intent by releasing the film for community screenings only in an effort to promote meaningful discourse. ​Educators, parents, and community members viewed this exclusive film with the opportunity to hear responses from Ted Dintersmith, the Executive Producer of the film, as well as a panel of well-respected educators.

Dr. Garcia introduces the event panelists. Nicol Russell, from the AZ Department of Education is our very first panelist to share her insights!

Panelist responded to the following questions:

Donna Bateman,

Kindergarten Teacher, Pendergast School District

This film focuses on older children (high school). As a kindergarten teacher, when children are at the beginning of their educational career, what do you think young children need to build the necessary foundations for their future? And does this align with the issue of accountability—what you’re being held to as a kindergarten teacher?

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux,

Superintendent, Pendergast School District

How do you lead an organization that supports innovation and addresses accountability at the same time? In terms of creating foundations at the elementary school level, what do you think is important as a leader to create an organizational climate that not only supports, but encourages true systemic change?

Clay Stidham,

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment/

District Federal Programs Director

You have worked with middle and high school students. Tell us what you think children will need in order to succeed in school…and in life. And what do you think early childhood teachers (Pre K-3rd Grade) need to pay close attention to as they’re supporting the development of these foundational skills?

Nicol Russel,

Arizona Department of Education Deputy Superintendent, Early Childhood Education High Academic Standards Division, Director, Head Start State Collaboration Office

What are the opportunities to create systems that help propel change to occur? How can agencies support that? As schools become more engaged in the process of supporting the whole child, what systems and/or processes do you believe are necessary in shifting how we have historically approached teaching and learning?

Diana Vowels

Galvanize Phoenix General Manager

Where is tech today and where do you think it's going to be in the next 15-20 years? How does this inform us, as practitioners, in education? How do we help prepare children for what's to come in technology?

Dr. Isela Garcia's Reflection:

In my reflection of the film and the answers to the questions, what is very clear to me is that we MUST support the WHOLE CHILD! It's just not enough to focus on the content areas. We must pay close attention to skills children will need to work collaboratively with others, to be creative...and innovative, to communicate effectively, and have the ability to problem-solve. We must pay attention to who they are as individuals and support their growth, development and learning in ways that are not only authentic, but meaningful to them.

Alesi Group would like extend our gratitude to Executive Producer, Ted Dintersmith for his thoughtful answers to our very specific questions!

This is the WELCOME VIDEO provided by Ted Dintersmith!!

Ted Dintersmiths answers the Alesi Group questions:
If you're interested in bringing the film to your school/district, we urge you to reach out to the folks at Most Likely to Succeed!

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