The Minnesota Department of Education in conjunction with the Institute on Community Integration will host a free public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary Who Cares about Kelsey? at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Dan Habib will attend the film screening with co-presenter and film subject, Kelsey Carroll. Sponsorship has also been provided from the Minnesota School Social Workers Association and the Minnesota School Psychologists Association. This screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Dan Habib and Kelsey Carroll. Habib is the Emmy-nominated director/producer of Including Samuel, which was broadcast nationally on public television. Who Cares About Kelsey? has been featured in Education Week and has been screened at film festivals, national conferences and school districts around the country.
Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. Who Cares About Kelsey? is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age and play important roles in an education revolution that's about empowering – not overpowering – youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
During Kelsey's sophomore year, a new school leadership team implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a youth-directed planning process called RENEW and other reforms to improve the school's culture and reduce the dropout rate. This schoolwide overhaul gave Kelsey a chance at a different outcome.
Who Cares About Kelsey? will make viewers reconsider the "problem kids" in their own high schools and spark new conversations about an education revolution that's about empowering--not overpowering--our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth.
For registration information please click on the blue link to the Institute on Community Integration, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
To learn more about the movie, go to http://www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/