Across the country, schools are trying innovative new approaches to education in response to rising rates of student disengagement, anxiety, and depression. The documentary film Beyond Measure visits public schools across the country that put research and innovative models into practice. These groundbreaking communities are transforming what and how they teach, and creating more equitable, empowering and student-centered cultures from the ground up.

Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Youth Council and Wilton Youth Services invite parents, students (6th grade and older), school faculty and staff, and concerned community members to attend one of two screenings of Beyond Measure on Monday, Feb. 4 in the Middlebrook School Auditorium. The full presentation will be offered at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m..

“We began this series in November with two screenings of Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” says Genevieve Eason, of Wilton Youth Council. “In the Q&A sessions after the film, it was clear that there is a hunger for change. Families are struggling in our high-pressure culture, but often the solutions to our problems aren’t always obvious. We hope that Beyond Measure will help to spark ideas about what is possible.”

The series culminates with a Community Conversation at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the Zellner Gallery at Wilton High School’s Clune Center.

“The stress felt by our students is an on-going problem that has been discussed in our community for a long time,” says Colleen Fawcett, LCSW, the coordinator of Wilton Youth Services. “We understand that it is formidable. We can make a cultural shift, only if many of us–individually and collectively–make incremental shifts in our own realms. That is the purpose of the community conversation.”

Attendance at the movie screenings is not required in order to participate in the community conversation. All concerned members of the community are welcome, including students, parents, educators, mental health and medical professionals, youth sports leaders, community organizations and more.

“At the community conversation, we will ask participants to consider three areas of children’s lives:  home, school and organized activities. Working in small groups, we will identify concrete, actionable steps for schools, families, and the community,” says Eason. “This is our chance to come together to share our ideas, hopes and concerns for our children. It’s exciting! We have the opportunity to effect real change.”

Admission for both the movie screening and the community conversation is free; registration is recommended at the links below. Please email Eason with questions.

Movie Screening:  Beyond Measure

Monday, Feb. 4
Middlebrook School Auditorium

Register for 10 a.m. screening

Register for 7 p.m. screening

Community Conversation: Charting the Course

Monday, Feb. 25
Wilton High School’s Zellner Gallery (Clune Center Lobby)

Register for 7 p.m. meeting