In 2011, The Highline Schools Foundation introduced the Highline Schools Foundation Symposium Series—a bi-annual event at which the Foundation brings education-related issues to our community with the goal of creating a thoughtful, community dialogue on relevant issues in our students’ lives.
The first installment of the Foundation Symposium Series was the presentation of the documentary Race to Nowhere – a film produced by Reel Link Films and written by Vicki Abeles. This documentary offers a close-up look at the pressures on today’s students to achieve. This thought-provoking film tells personal stories of over-scheduled and over-stressed students, parents, and educators, as they try to navigate their way to getting into college. A Question and Answer session followed the film, moderated by parent educator Jan Faull, M.Ed.
The following spring, the Foundation hosted a screening of Speaking in Tongues, the award-winning documentary on language education in the United States. The film, which took home the Documentary Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, follows four diverse students and their families as they encounter the challenges and delights of becoming fluent in two languages. A panel discussion followed the screening where participants considered how the national debate on language education is playing out locally and the districts plans on dual language programs in Highline Public Schools.
In the fall of 2012, the Foundation partnered with Highline Public Schools to present the annual “State of the Schools” address. Superintendent Susan Enfield delivered Highline’s first annual State of the Schools address on November 19, 2012 to an audience of parents, community members, and local officials. The event was sponsored by the Highline Schools Foundation and SeaTac’s Cedarbrook Lodge. In the fall of 2013 and 2014, the Foundation again partnered with Highline Public Schools to present the now annual State of Our Schools events. 2013 | 2014 | 2015
Future Events – TBD
Highline Schools Foundation offers all Symposium Series topics as a resource for our community and does not endorse or support any specific position. If you have an idea for a future Symposium topic, please contact the Highline Schools Foundation – [email protected].