Testimonials from the  Classroom

Hundreds of high school, undergraduate and post-graduate educators have already signed up to screen Jim Allison: Breakthrough in their distance-learning classrooms.

 

 

 

Take a look at what folks are saying below.

 

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"Phenomenal. Entertaining, and interesting. My students LOVED the film. It not only held their interest; it explained the science in terms that they could understand."

JENIFER CIRCLE-POTTER, M.A.T.
BIOLOGY INSTRUCTOR, UNIOTO HIGH SCHOOL
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JENIFER CIRCLE-POTTER, M.A.T.

"An inspirational film for students looking to pursue a career in health sciences."

LORIE FIELD
HEALTH SCIENCES TEACHER,
NELSON HIGH SCHOOL

“This film is a true story of perseverance of an outstanding scientist and really shows the importance of finding people who believe in your science and holding on to your own beliefs. Truly inspiring to share this with my students!"

RIENEKE van de VEN, M.D.
AMSTERDAM 
UNIVERRSITY MEDICAL CENTER

“I highly recommend this film as a meaningful talking point about the nature of science, real world application, and introduction to many scientific concepts! My students found it to be very relevant and interesting!”

JOYCE TZAVELLAS
BIOLOGY TEACHER, 
J.R. TUCKER HIGH SCHOOL

“This resource was complete! I was able to take a very current topic and accelerate a lesson plan into my classroom for my students. All the groundwork had already been laid and it was ready for me to review and execute."

JIM GARRETT
BIOLOGY & AP BIO TEACHER,
DAVIDSON ACADEMY

“Breakthrough offers students the chance to see what they can achieve when they combine their passions with their sense of curiosity.  Students who don't see themselves as scientists or potential scientists absolutely need to see this  film."

BRENDA CAMPBELL ROYAL
AP BIOLOGY TEACHER, 
CENTRAL MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL

“To see the real-world applications of what we have spent the entire semester learning about was beyond thought-provoking. [The film] gives me something to think about when school and the medical school process seems impossible. It'll remind me to follow my passion despite adversity and hardships. Because in the end, no one will believe in you until you give them a reason to.”

SHANTAE SAUNDERS
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY

“This film achieved in one afternoon what I spent the entire semester hoping to.”

ANGELLIKA ANTONI, Ph.D.
BIOLOGY PROFESSOR, KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY

“This is the story of the unthinkable, stopping cancer from evading the immune response and ultimately saving countless lives! Jim Allison showcases that the scientific process is riveted with hurdles and that tenacity prevails. As an AP Biology teacher, I look forward to sharing Jim’s story and having my students uncover the mechanisms behind immunotherapy as a novel treatment option for cancer.”

REBECCA BREWER
HIGH SCHOOL AP BIOLOGY TEACHER, 
TROY HIGH SCHOOL 

"This documentary reminds us why it is important to be passionate and dedicated in everything we do.  Dr. Allison's story and his impact o biology and medicine is inspiring and should be viewed by all students, especially those considering a career in research and/or medicine."

JAMIE NEWMAN, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 
LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

“Students often have the misconception that science follows a very regular pattern, performed by a specific type of person. This film breaks down both misconceptions.”

DANIELLE FARRELL
BIOLOGY TEACHER,
NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

“These type of real world, real time stories remind the students why they are studying science and how one person can lead a paradigm shift!”

CATHY MESSENGER
SCIENCE TEACHER, 
LOS GATOS HIGH SCHOOL

“The film shows the real motivation behind Dr. Jim Allison, and describes him as a multidimensional character, not as a stereotype seen on "Big Bang Theory." Students see the perseverance, professional and personal setbacks and the negative naysayers involved in research.”

GREGORY BUCK, Ph.D. 
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ASSISTANT CHAIR, AND BIOMED PROGRAM COORDINATOR, TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI

“The film illustrates how a profound understanding of human biology can translate to lifesaving treatments.”

CARL HAARSTAD, Ph.D.
SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR, 
DESERT ACEDEMY 

“An excellent supplement to any curriculum to introduce the journey of how medicines are developed and how immunology can be a beneficial treatment for some patients.”

KATIE MCGORMLEY
BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR, 
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL

“Engaging, authentic portrayal of the incredible trials and unbelievable rewards earned through perseverance of a creative and charismatic scientist.  Everyone should know this story.”

SAM LOFTUS, Ph.D.
SCIENCE COORDINATOR, 
NEW ORLEANS CHARTER SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS HIGH SCHOOL. 

“As an educator I have found it difficult to help students understand the importance of the scientific process. This film portrays all of the frustrating and wonderful aspects of science through Dr. Allison's journey and sheds light on the power of the scientific method and its life-changing outcomes.”

RACHEL NORRIS
SCIENCE TEACHER, 
LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

“Jim Allison: Breakthrough gives us a window into the world of scientific discovery and shows that creative thinking, collaboration, and perseverance are critical to achieving success.”

MARGARET HART
STEM OUTREACH ADVISOR, 
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY AND BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Since April of 2020, over 1,000 middle, high-school and post-secondary educators have signed up to screen the film – reaching tens of thousands of students worldwide.

For Educators

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.

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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