About the project

Searching for Superman is a documentary film project about inspiring, alternative & innovative educational projects and schools. 

For about three years we are traveling Europe searching for people (teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, young people themselves…) who are changing the world through education. In 2021 we will produce a feature length documentary film with the best insights.

Our goals are to share their stories and testimonials and to connect them to generate a  movement of global change in education.

THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS UNTIL NOW (MAY 2019)

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european COUNTRIES

France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and now Italy

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SCHOOLS visited

Public and private schools, from kindergarten to university, educational projects/programs and personal initiatives

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INTERVIEWS

Students and former students, teachers, school leaders, experts, parents, social entrepreneurs

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MONTHS ON THE ROAD

Sleeping, cooking, traveling, working… just living in a van!

First prize Internet Day Awards

First prize in the category of entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Internet day awards promoted by Telefonica, Google, Facebook and HP among others

Help us make the dream real

Searching for Superman is a non-profit project funded 100% with our personal savings and the money we make from other jobs. All the contents that you see on the web have been generated for free with the collaboration of the people who is behind the schools & the projects we visit. If you believe in our work and share the values of the project, we will appreciate any financial contribution you want to make. The contributions will be used to cover expenses such as the web hosting, equipment, travels to schools and hours (& more hours) of editing the interviews and blogging.

Explore the projects

How does a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool work?

Silvia Conti is a pedagogue at the childhood school Girasole Palomar, a Reggio Emilia inspired school, born in Castelnovo di Soto (italy) in the year 70. In this interview Silvia explains us how the school works and the main values … Read More

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How is Montessori education with young adults?

We talk with Karen Reisbeck, the school principal at MOS München Fachoberschule, about how the school puts into practice Maria Montessori’s ideas with young adults and about many other educational issues.  According to Karen, the biggest difference with other state … Read More

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Critique is not enough

For Ruggero Poi, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto project manager & also Montessori Trainer, education is something that links one person to other person, to the local and global environment. Ruggero explain us how they designed an exhibition based on Montessori ideas, … Read More

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Five characteristics of a Change Maker School: Liceo Attilio Bertolucci

We speak with Aluisi Tosolini about the five main characteristics of the high school Atilio Bertolucci, an Italian scientific, musical and sports school, born 10 years ago in the city of Parma, and chosen as Change Maker by Ashoka Italia. … Read More

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Erasmus programs in middle School: Istituto Comprensivo San Giorgio Mantova

We talk with Maria Rosaria Grasso teacher at Istituto Comprensivo San Giorgio di Mantova (Italy) recognized by Ashoka as one of five the Change Maker schools in the country. One of the most interesting innovations of the school is its … Read More

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Big Picture Learning Italy: students at the center of their own learning

Fabio Pirola started looking for something innovative because he was worried about the results at the school. He was absolutely sure that there was a school in the world that works. In a book called “Drive” by Daniel Pink, he … Read More

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Fab Lab: Making brings your ideas to life

Fab labs are spaces that offer democratic access to high tech machines that were normally not reachable and understandable by normal people. Nowadays these machines are really easy to understand and the software for 2D and 3D design has become … Read More

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SchlaU Schule: supporting young refugees

Germany ratified in 1992 the Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC or UNCRC), a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children, with the exception … Read More

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Spielraum21: Uncovering the magic of the curriculum

Spielraum21 is a private school recognized by the state that shows one of the many ways in which education in the 21st century could take place in both public and private schools taking advantage of the room offered by the … Read More

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Inspiring conversations

 Insights, opinions and vision from teachers, school leaders and educational experts from all over Europe

Get to know our students on a deeper level to strengthen relationships

We interview Chiara Jorioz, co-founder of Big Picture Learning (BPL) Italy. Everything began when Fabio Pirola the other co-founder, discovered BPL in a book and they bet for bringing it to Italy. They were trained for two years in the … Read More

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The key to Steiner-Waldorf teaching: never stay where you are

Janice Hill is an English teacher at the Steiner-Waldorf school of Reggio Emilia. We talk with her about the main characteristics of Waldorf education and how this pedagogy is put into practice. As Janice told us in Waldorf schools generally … Read More

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Making smart choices and hard work to make a difference despite limited autonomy

Maria Saponaro, english teacher and Erasmus coordinator at Liceo Attilio Bertolucci explains us how schools can make a difference despite the limited autonomy due to the centralized control from the Ministery. The frame is given by the Ministery so the … Read More

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Education is about more than academics

At the MOS München, students don’t feel like a number, they feel like themselves because teachers are interested in them as people, they make them feel as people. It’s not only what happens in classes but the interpersonal contact that … Read More

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The Arts in Waldorf education

What makes us humans is that everything inside us is in connection with each other: what I think can be judged by my feelings: “is this right or is this wrong?”, and what I can think and feel, I can … Read More

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Handling freedom and learning to take responsibility

For a child to handle freedom is difficult. There are some students that have more difficulties to do it than others that are better structured inside. At the Freie Aktive Schule Stuttgard (FAS) all of them learn step by step … Read More

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From hierarchical to flat structures: growing real respect

We talk with Carl Mirwald, headmaster at MOS Munchen about the development of the Montessori pedagogy with young adults. The most important thing for Carl is to be respectful, the students have freedom of choice, not the subjects (mandatory by … Read More

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Intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning

Isabel Kaufhold is teacher at the Freie Aktive Schule (FAS) in Stuttgart. We talk with her about the teaching & learning strategies and the pedagogy which is behind the free schools in general and the FAS in particular. The inner … Read More

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The Curriculum and the Waldorf teacher training

The curriculum, always in the eye of the hurricane, criticised by many teachers, apparently rigid in many countries and flexible in others. In Germany independent schools have a lot of freedom to develop their own school curriculum. In this interview … Read More

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Chatting with students

My personal experience as students and teacher at a Free school

Giulia is a former student and teacher at the Freie Aktive Schule (FAS) Stuttgart. In this interview we talk with her about her time at the school, what she liked most about the school, what she would change and how … Read More

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Young refugees: Towards the next horizon

Yassin, former student of SchlaU-Schule and student of MOS München, shares with us his personal story. He moved from Afghanistan to Germany looking for the opportunities he couldn’t find in his country. The opportunity to go to school, to go … Read More

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Learning takes time

Teresa is a former student of the Free Active School of Stuttgart. In this interview we talk with her about her stay at the school. She explained us that at the school, she had the time to learn the things … Read More

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Articles & other contributions

The great adventure of a whole learning community fighting together against Climate Change in Senegal

Students, teachers and relatives from Santa Apolonia school (Galicia, Spain) travel to take part in the Great Green Wall initiative to prevent the Sahara extends to the south in Senegal. This trip and all the related activities are part of a project developed by the … Read More

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Decent communication for avoiding conflicts in learning communities

In a divided learning community communication is the key, not only for solving conflicts but also for avoiding them. We talk with Mister Hartmut Kay Hirsch about the fundamentals and strategies of Decent Communication approach and its benefits for growing … Read More

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Have you seen superwoman or superman?

Help us discovering where superman or superwoman is in Europe

One of the hardest part of finding superwoman or superman is the research process. We have at the moment an amazing network of people guiding us across Europe in our search. Anyway any additional contribution giving information about inspiring educational projects and schools anywhere in Europe (including contact person information) will be most welcomed!

Send your contribution via email to contact@searchingforsuperman.es.

You can contribute to the project

Searching for Superman is a co-creation project. We offer different ways of collaboration specially designed for a variety of organisations and individuals.

Become Sponsor

Support the production and distribution of the film and all the related activities.

Become Collaborator

Share your school/project work with the world and connect with other people.

Become Informer

Help us finding superwoman or superman around Europe

Become Ambassador

Spread the word about the project and put all the ideas and insights in action in your school and community.

About us

David Fernández Graña

DIRECTOR & EDITOR

During the last six years David has been teaching educators from all over the world how to improve their teaching methods focusing on growing happy, conscious and solidary children. As a freelance filmmaker he started in 2012 the ikaia project, documenting innovative educational projects with the aim of motivating and inspiring others.

Amaia Maguregui

GRAPHIC DESIGNER & CAMERAWOMAN

Amaia has been working as freelance social photographer during the last 10 years. With special sensitivity to portray people naturally and spontaneously, the travel and the project are for Amaia an opportunity to help people doing what she loves and to develop new skills.

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

More than two years travelling Europe in a van

Contact

For any inquiries please email

BECOME A SPONSOR | FESTIVAL INQUIRIES

contact@searchingforsuperman.es