Called a “must-see movie” by the New York Times and “a growing grassroots phenomenon” by the Washington Post, the documentary “Race to Nowhere” provides a forum for communities across the nation to discuss the “pressure-cooker climate” that dominates American classrooms.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, “The Race to Nowhere” will be screened in the University Center Theater on the University of Montana campus. Sponsored by United Way of Missoula County, the Missoula Forum for Children and Youth, MCCHD Tobacco Prevention, MCCHD Suicide Prevention and Potomac School District No. 11, the screening is free, and Office of Public Instruction Renewal Credits for teachers are available. An open forum will follow the screening, making the film an active centerpiece for a fast-growing movement to reinvent education.

“‘ Race to Nowhere’ calls on families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions about how we how best prepare American students to become healthy, bright, contributing citizens and leaders in the 21st Century,” said United Way of Missoula County chief executive officer Susan Hay Patrick. “Those of us involved in Graduation Matters Montana hope this film will spark a conversation about how we can help kids become deep learners and well-rounded human beings, not just kids who perform and achieve.”

For more information, contact Tim Johnson, Potomac School District No. 11, at or call (406) 244-5581 Ext. or Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County, reachable at or (406) 549-6104.

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