Waiting for Superman

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011
  • 10:45 AM - 1:44 PM
  • Brown Palace Hotel at 321 17th St.

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Note the special timing for this event:  Registration begins at 10:45AM; Lunch at 11:15AM; Adjourn at 1:45PM.

In its October 10, 2010 issue, The New Yorker magazine has this to say about the acclaimed and controversial documentary by Director and co-writer David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth):

The most upsetting images to be seen in a movie so far this year arrive at the end of Waiting for Superman, a hot-under-the-collar documentary about the failings of the American School system.
Guggenheim follows the educational ambitions of 5 children, four of whom are in public schools in urban areas across the country.  As the parents of these children see it, “getting their kids into college depends on first getting them into a charter school.”… “Balls tumble in a revolving cage; slips of paper are drawn out of a box…but the emotions of the moment may distract us from asking certain obvious questions such as: ‘Who says that charter schools will save these children – and, by implication, all children?’ “

Join us for a private viewing of the film followed by a discussion led by Lindsay Neil, Colorado Executive Director, Stand for Children, and Chris Gibbons, CEO, West Denver Prep.

About Lindsay Neil

Lindsay grew up in Glenwood Springs and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where she majored in Spanish and minored in speech communications. She has dedicated herself to improving kids’ lives through education.  She spent several years in the non-profit sector providing direct services to children and families at a school-based family resource center and as a bilingual case manager for youth in the juvenile justice system.  In 2009, Lindsay joined Stand for Children, an organization dedicated to bringing together parents, teachers and community members to improve public education by influencing policy and politics at the school board and state legislature.  She is responsible for all aspects of the Colorado affiliate’s organization.

About Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons is the lead founder and Chief Executive Officer for West Denver Prep, a network of college preparatory public charter schools primarily serving students of color in low income neighborhoods and home to Denver’s #1 school on the 2010 Denver Public Schools School Performance Framework.  Prior to founding West Denver Prep in 2005, Chris completed the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a nationally recognized training school for charter school founders.  He also served as the Director of Summerbridge, a non-profit education program (now part of the Breakthrough Collaborative) and was a teacher at both Summerbridge and City on a Hill Charter School in Boston.  Fluent in Spanish, he holds a B.S. in Biology from Yale University and a M.Ed. from Regis University.


Spinach Salad, Roma Tomato, Egg Slices
Herb Vinaigrette
Grilled Breast of Chicken, Red Pepper Puree

Penne Pasta Primavera
Garlic Cream Sauce

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