February Newsletter: Launch of Social Action Campaign

Dear Friends,

Race To Nowhere rolls on in February with some very exciting news.

We just launched the social action website www.EndTheRaceToNowhere.com. Created in response to the overwhelming demand for an online community that supports the movement to transform education and safeguard the health of our children, the site promises to be a powerful resource in supporting change at many levels, starting with YOU. Much of the site’s content will be driven by your contributions, whether you are a parent, a student, an educator, an administrator, or just someone who is concerned about the future and well-being of our youth and our country. As you begin to take part, please share your feedback with us and let us know if you encounter any challenges.

Please join the community and take the lead by forming a local or school community group so we can continue the “Race to Nowhere” dialogue started by the film. Students, form a group with your friends! Teachers, form a group with interested parents. Administrators, band together with your educators to make real change that will make a difference. Groups can be made up of specific schools, communities and districts in specific states. Within groups, there are a number of tools you can use to drive communications and influence change including a survey and a place to share ideas and vote for change in your community. And as these ideas become a reality in your community, please share what you are doing on this site, so that your success can inspire change in other schools and communities throughout the country and around the world.

SCREENINGS

Our national screening campaign continues to grow every week.  More than 1400 screenings have been scheduled to date, in 48 states and 15 countries reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers and advocates for change.

RaceToNowhere.com will continue to provide critical information about the film and screenings in the U.S. and beyond.

RTN at the AERA CONFERENCE

We will be screening the film at the AERA Conference in New Orleans coming up in April. The American Educational Research Association is the most prominent international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.

Global Social Change Film Festival

RTN has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Global Social Change Film Festival to be held in Ubud, Bali April 13-17, 2011. The GSCFFI aims to create a space where activists, filmmakers, and local communities come together and use the power of film to promote progressive social change.

Thank you for all you have done to spread word of the film and it's message. Together we can influence change at many levels and take back education and childhood. Now take the next step and show your support by joining the social action campaign. Numbers matter - add a pin and your voice on change to the map today.