Since Waiting for "Superman" was first released in theaters in the fall of 2010, our community of parents, teachers, administrators and activists has risen to the challenge and turned a movie into a movement.
Here's What You've Helped Accomplish
- Supported more than 2.8 million children through classroom donations, via our partnership with DonorsChoose.org.
- Sent over 45,000 letters supporting innovation and high standards in our public schools to elected representatives and school board members.
- Over 10,000 of you either attended one of our local town hall meetings or viewed one online. (Watch previous panels on Livestream.)
- Hosted hundreds of house parties across the U.S. to screen and discuss the film.
- More than 8,000 signed petitions to school boards on Facebook.
- Thousands purchased the film's companion book, propelling it onto the New York Times Best Seller list.
Your support was also essential in keeping the film — and education — prominent in our national discourse. Here's how education reform has progressed in the past year:
- Former DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee launched StudentsFirst, a nonprofit organization that seeks productive education reform with the interests of students as its primary goal.
- Compton parents exercised the "trigger" option to force change at McKinley Elementary, an historically failing school.
- The students featured in the film visited the White House where President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to helping all U.S. children receive a high-quality education.
- In February, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten proposed changes to the way teachers are evaluated and granted tenure.
- The "Last In, First Out," policy that most school districts adhere to has come under scrutiny and already been abolished in Illinois.
Awards & Accolades
- Sundance Audience Award, U.S. Documentary
- National Board of Review, Best Documentary
- Producers Guild Award Nominee
- Special Award, American Film Institute
- Critics Choice Award, Best Documentary Feature
- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Best Documentary
- Gotham Award, Festival Genius Audience Award
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, Best Documentary
- Black Reel Award, Best Song for John Legend's "Shine."