“Most Likely To Succeed”

Film Screening + Panel Discussion

We hosted a screening of this award-winning film focused on innovation in education and an evening of dialogue about what matters most for students today.


  • Wednesday, February 27, 7:30pm

  • Edison Intermediate School

  • Panel discussion after film

    • Moderated by Mayor Shelley Brindle

    • Panelists included innovative educators:

      • Dr. Matt Bolton, Principal, Edison Intermediate School

      • Laura Doyle, Engineering and Design Teacher, Westfield High School

      • Mary Montes, 1st Grade Teacher, Tamaques Elementary School; 2018 Westfield Teacher of the Year

      • Dr. Brian Baldwin, Professor of Science Education, New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics at Kean University


The acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of. The compelling documentary highlights an innovative school in California where students are engaged in meaningful project-based learning and are developing skills essential for success in the 21st century, such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication. The film raises questions about the purpose of education and may challenge assumptions that some parents hold about what is most important. It’s sure to spark stimulating and valuable community discussion.

The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating, and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.
— Sal Khan, Khan Academy


Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has 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 been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school.