The Jim Allison: Breakthrough Educator Toolkit is a companion resource for teaching the film in the classroom. It includes lessons, discussion questions, research and lab activities, and opportunities to explore careers in the fields of science and medicine. These activities can be used or adapted for use in high school, college, and post-secondary classrooms and are written to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Educators can sign up below to purchase an educational screening license.
“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
Lessons and Labs
We have divided the film up into 3 classroom-period-friendly segments that can be watched separately and have a set of companion activities.
Breakthrough spotlights many different careers in the scientific field that can inspire your students. The following activities provide an opportunity to explore the many ways students pursue the sciences as well as the diversity of individuals in the field.
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
Educational and community screening licenses for Jim Allison: Breakthrough are available through our distribution partner Collective Eye Films. The following opportunies are available:
University & College DVD with PPR*
K-12, Public Libraries with PPR
Digital Site License
DVD+DSL (with PPR)