This was a very nice evening, glad to finally see Race to Nowhere and the discussion was very helpful and well-done. Catherine Steiner-Adair gave some great advice for parents – Check out Families First for more parenting tips.


This groundbreaking film, Race To Nowhere, is being shown Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm at the West Newton Cinema and  is sponsored by the wonderful organization, Families First, followed by a discussion led by Catherine Steiner-Adair. Don’t miss this! Buy Tickets here.

In Race to Nowhere, a concerned mother turned filmmaker, Vicki Abeles, aims her camera at the high stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives.  It is a call to action for families, educators, and policymakers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Race to Nowhere

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

Catherine Steiner-Adair Ed.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Author, Speaker

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. Dr. Steiner-Adair has consulted to over 350 independent and public schools, parents and students on a wide range of topics related to strengthening children’s social and emotional development, shaping school culture and deepening parents’ connections to their children.

Families First

Mission Statement

Families First Parenting Programs builds positive relationships between parents and their children by educating both families and the professionals who serve them through inspiring, hands-on workshops. Our skilled workshop leaders stand beside parents and caregivers to lead them through the crucible of child rearing by transforming their experiences, doubts, and fears into the knowledge and confidence they need to build positive discipline, communication, and self-esteem in families. Our training for professionals enhances their ability to better support and engage families. We help communities thrive by strengthening families first.


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