Beyond the Blackboard

7.61 h 37 min2011PG
A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initil fears and prejudices to make a difference in the lives of the homelss children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom. Stars Emily VanCamp, Treat Williams and Timothy Busfield. From the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection.
Jeff Bleckner
Emily VanCampSteve TalleyTimothy Busfield
English [CC]
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4.8 out of 5 stars

145 global ratings

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Sarah O. WhiteReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Act of Compassion; Heart to Serve!
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Cue the water works and grab kleenex! This movie was wonderful! I couldn't stop crying because of the joy I felt. It always warms my heart to see others, helping others and giving their all. If you like heartfelt movies, this one is it! Very thankful for their movies to make us feel something and want to do better and give of ourselves!

This movie is about the heart and compassion of newly graduated teacher who had the heart to make a difference in the lives of homeless students and their parents. The beauty of it, is she never treated them any less than anyone else. She treated them with respect, love and compassion. In turn, the students and parents learned to trust, be involved in their children education, learned to read and the students thrived.

The moral of the movie... It only takes one act of kindness and the continuation to show up each day to make a difference. In turn, others will do the same. Any child can learn and be great students, they just need someone to believe in them and show up!
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cinlmonthorntonReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, great message, great acting
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I love Emily Van Camp and Treat Williams from Everwood, so I was happy to see this movie available on Hallmark Movies Now.

I love that this a true story. Some teachers will move heaven and earth to help kids, and that is what she does. Heartwarming and easy to watch and enjoy without all of the mushy romance of the usual Hallmark movie. I am not into the romance stories, except at Christmas. Then I am a sap like everyone else. Watch it with those that you love. It's good for kids to see it as well.
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Karen D.Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
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Well worth watching
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True story, well acted, encouraging to see someone taking action and hanging in there with the kids and parents. So many people that end up homeless, through not necessarily any fault of their own,need help and support, not criticism. and help for those that are mentally ill. Too many end up on the street (or jail !) because of the pitiful state of our mental health system.
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melliebReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
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Inspirational True Story
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I don't often give a five star review, but this true story is so touching, I couldn't give it anything less. This is a sweet portrayal of a school for homeless students in Salt Lake City during the 1980's, and the dedicated teacher who wouldn't give up on them. Pop some popcorn, and keep some tissues handy.
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Julie TrujilloReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
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What an inspirational film. The fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even more inspiring! As a teacher myself, this film is a true encouragement. I laughed and I cried. Highly recommended!
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Lisa MReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
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Love this movie!
Based on a true story!
This is a must watch and should inspire everyone !
What a blessing this teacher was to so many.
May God Bless her always!
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Cheryl ThonReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2022
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Awesome movie!!!!!
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Absolutely loved this darling movie of homeless kids and one young teacher that really cared!
Nelia C. WellsReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
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Great Movie based on a true story.
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Loved the movie. Based on a true story of a teacher and her contributions to helping homeless students.
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