When Stacey Bess gets her first teaching job, she’s shocked. It’s not at all what she expected. Stacey (played by Emily VanCamp) is assigned to something called the "School With No Name," a space in a homeless shelter that’s supposed to be a classroom. The children are all ages, many from broken families, thrown together in a "classroom" lacking essentials like desks and books. Stacey must tackle her own fears and insecurities as she works to gain the attention and respect of her young students. Using her compassion and determination, she takes on both nervous school board officials (Timothy Busfield and Treat Williams) and apprehensive parents. Eventually she transforms the barren space into a warm, comfortable environment where the children not only acquire knowledge, but also self-respect and a measure of dignity. Beyond the Blackboard is inspired by a true story.
Starring Emily VanCamp, Timothy Busfield and Treat Williams.
Includes "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes interview, biographies, credits and production story.
Wide-screen version; closed captioned; English subtitles for the hearing impaired.
Approx. 110 minutes running time.
Originally aired 4/24/11.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy Beyond the Blackboard
I loved this movie when shown on TV, so decided to order it for my daughter who teaches special needs children in a low income area.
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by leeann Delightful!
I watched this movie and absolutely loved it! I bought a copy not only for myself by my good friend who is a teacher. What a great Christmas gift.
December 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CATeacher Great Movie but...
This is a wonderful movie, but there was an imperfection on the DVD disk, and so it skipped the first time I watched it. Makes me sad that I cannot share it with my teacher friends.... Maybe I will buy another copy sometime.
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nana Wonderful Movie!
An uplifting movie that's great for the whole family! That it's based on a true story makes it even better! Shows how one person really can make a difference in the lives of others.
September 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Linda Beyond the Blackboard
This is the most awesome and inspiring movie I've ever seen!!! I would highly recommend it to everyone!! I wish you had a Hallmark Club to be able to get more of these awesome Hallmark movies--especially for those that don't have the Hallmark station on our cable channel.
June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lynn W Exellent for Educational Reference
I chose to review "Beyond the Blackboard" for one of my Essays for my EDU 105 Take Home Final. Based upon a true story, it illustrates the challenges and rewards of teaching in an Inner City setting. An enjoyable movie with an encouraging and heartwarming storyline. Highly Recommend!!
April 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stella Beyond the Blackboard
Loved the movie. Loved the acting in this movie. I watched it twice right away.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by moviehound Beyond the Blackboard
An awesome movie that is uplifting and inspirational! Great for all ages and a must see. It makes you want to go out and make a difference in this world...
January 30, 2013