For Educators

Free Classroom Resources

Film can be a powerful instructional tool in the classroom and Jim Allison: Breakthrough is no exception.  


Whether or not your students are interested in pursuing the sciences, everyone should know more about what scientists do and see the human side of their lives.

When you sign up, you will receive a link to the film and get a copy of our Educator Toolkit that includes lesson plans.




















You can preview the classroom activities here


“This film will inspire your students and foster discussion not only about the science behind immunotherapy against cancer, but also about the process of science as a human endeavor and how dreaming big and working hard pays off in the end.”

Maia Larios-Saiz, Ph.D

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology University of St. Thomas

What Grade Levels?

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is appropriate for High School (grades 9–12), Community College, University, and Post-graduate students.


  • Basic Science

  • Biology

  • Character study

  • Human perseverance

  • Invention and discovery

  • Scientific Method


  • Biology

  • Health Sciences

  • Immunology

  • Microbiology

  • Pre-med

  • Research 

  • STEM 


The full length of the film is 90-minutes. The film can be shown with a group, assigned to students to watch on their own time, or in the classroom across several class periods.

Sharmallison Scholarship

Abraham's Tent, Inc. is an education non-profit started by Dr. Padmanee Sharma and Dr. Jim Allison dedicated to providing an education that supports future success and equal opportunities for children in need in Guyana and the United States. Through donations from the Sharmallison Fund, Abraham's Tent is pleased to offer scholarships of up to $10,000 each to high school seniors who will attend a college, university, or vocational school the following fall. 

Sign Up to Screen the Film with Your Class


Sign up for a free educational license of Jim Allison: Breakthrough to screen with your high school or college students and receive a copy of the forthcoming toolkit featuring discussion questions, lesson plans, and more. 


We are currently working with educators to develop a companion guide for classroom use that meets various Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) . This guide will equip educators with lesson plans, discussion questions, key concepts, and more. This guide is currently in production, with a target release date of Fall 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of Dragonfly Therapeutics and Skyhawk Therapeutics, classroom and public viewing rights at educational institutions for Jim Allison: Breakthrough is available for educators and educational institutions at no cost.

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