Educational reform in the United States has largely focused on increasing test scores without changing the meaning of schooling for those expected to achieve academic success. As a result, student motivation and test scores have changed little, despite this nationwide effort. Yet, a few schools across the country have tried a different approach, focusing education around the places where students live and solving problems their communities face. However, while showing promise, these efforts... [see more] have been largely isolated and piecemeal. Yet, they have helped set the stage for a unique statewide effort in Michigan, where for the first time, rural and urban schools, spanning a broad population base, will focus school reform around the environments students inhabit. Growing Up Green, a new documentary from award winning filmmaker Bob Gliner (Schools That Change Communities, Lessons From the Real World, Democracy Left Behind) focuses on this groundbreaking work which hopes to not only change the way public education is practiced, but as a result, educational and environmental outcomes as well.