GOOD Education Series Wraps With Best Practices and Screening of "Waiting for Superman"

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Private Screening of Waiting for Superman/Q&A with Director Davis Guggenheim: Thursday 10/14/2010

“We didn't want to have these conversations in a vacuum. We wanted to come away from this series with a clear sense of what solutions are in practice, and what it'd cost to take them to scale." Ben Goldhirsh, CEO, GOOD

The fifth and final event of the multidisciplinary GOOD Education Series will culminate in a private screening of the film “Waiting for Superman” on Thursday October 14th at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. Following the screening, there will be a Question and Answer session with the film’s director, Davis Guggenheim, moderated by GOOD CEO Ben Goldhirsh, as well as a presentation of the best practices for education reform learned throughout the series.

Over the past two months, GOOD, in partnership with University of Phoenix, has hosted a series of education workshops at its Los Angeles headquarters, bringing together some of the leading influencers in Southern California to discuss, debate and tackle the crucial issues around education reform in Los Angeles. The goal of the series was to create a forum to surface best practices that are positively impacting Los Angeles schools so that students are on – and remain on – track to a college education. Four panels of experts were asked to focus on three key areas that drive college preparedness – content, creativity and expectations – and to share with the hundreds of attendees who attended the four workshops those best practices for guiding students toward success.

“We didn't want to have these conversations in a vacuum,” says Goldhirsh. “We wanted to come away from this series with a clear sense of what solutions are in practice, and what it'd cost to take them to scale."

Panelists included Steve Barr from Green Dot, Jan Kirsch from Inner-City Arts, Steve Zimmer of the LAUSD Board of Education, Blair H. Taylor from Los Angeles Urban League and a host of others.

“We heard a clear message,” Goldhirsh continues. “We need great teachers and administrators who will hold today's students to high expectations, invest them in content until they master it, and inspire them to become the next generation of creative minds and entrepreneurs. But our schools can't do it alone. Businesses should have a vested interest in cultivating these future leaders, giving them the fundamental tools and critical thinking skills they'll need to drive our 21st century economy. The time for public education and private businesses to be acting separately on this issue is over.”

“A goal of this series of events was to bring forward divergent perspectives and come together as a group to reveal effective solutions for enhancing student success,” said Jeff Nelder, senior director for University of Phoenix.

Limited seating. RSVP required. RSVP to: GOODeducationevents(at)gmail(dot)com. Check-in begins at 6:30 pm. Screening begins promptly at 7:00 pm.


GOOD enables individuals, businesses, and non-profits to do well and do good. Through award-winning media and innovative collaborations, GOOD builds community and sparks action to move the world forward. You can learn more and join GOOD at With the help of University of Phoenix, we have launched – an online platform for thought and action around education. Our goal is to create the most vibrant discussion about these topics as currently exists online, in print, and in the real world.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of May 31, 2010, 476,500 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

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