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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Akeelah and the Bee

An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne). Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

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Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

AuRevoirLesInfants

During WWII, in a Catholic boarding school in the French countryside, two boys become friends. One is a French boy, Julien Quintin, and the other is a Jewish boy, Jean Bonnet, who is being hidden from the Nazis by the friars who run the school. Louis Malle directed this film based on what actually happened when he was at a boarding school himself during the war.

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Because They're Young (1960) Unavailable

A crusading high school teacher tries to help his troubled students. Cast: Dick Clark, Tuesday Weld, Michael Callan.

Chalk (2007)

Using his high school teaching experience as impetus, director Mike Akel made Chalk to encourage school reform through enlightening viewers to the challenges teachers face. This comedic mockumentary capitalizes on four teachers' frustrations during the course of their school semester, by interviewing them individually as well as placing them together in scenes depicting faculty meetings, school spelling bees, and happy hours at a local bar.

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Children Full of Life

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. FREE Watch movie.

Conrack

The story follows a young teacher (Jon Voight) in 1969 assigned to isolated Yamacraw Island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds out that the children as well as the adults have been isolated from the rest of the world and speak a dialect called Gullah and "Conrack" is their way of saying his name "Conroy."

The school is a two room school with the Principal (Madge Sinclair) teaching grades one through four and Conrack teaching the higher grades.

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Daddy Day Care (2003)

In the hilarious comedy Daddy Day Care, two fathers (Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin) lose their jobs at a large company and are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay-at-home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, they open their own day care facility, "Daddy Day Care", and employ some fairly unconventional and sidesplitting methods of caring for children.

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society

Painfully shy Todd has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His room-mate, Neil, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo and are changed for life.

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Expect Male Involvement: Recruiting and Retaining Men in Early Childhood Education (2009)

Children need positive male role models to learn about gender identity and balance. They also need exposure to both men and women to learn how they work together and enhance each other's skills.

This video explores the positive benefits of having men in your early childhood program. Watch it to learn why men choose early childhood education as a career, best practices for recruitment and retention, and the significance of men in young chidlren's lives. Order here Today!

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Sam Wood's Goodbye Mr. Chips is a deeply stirring work starring Robert Donat as the old schoolmaster who looks back upon his life. Told mostly in flashbacks, the film wraps itself around a history of an older England as seen through the generations of boys who pass through Mr. Chips's classroom. Greer Garson is her usual classy, sexy-intelligent self as Donat's wife, their earlier courtship one of the film's highlights.

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Half Nelson (2006)

Ryan Gosling is a young inner-city teacher whose ideals wither and die in the face of reality. Day after day in his shabby Brooklyn classroom, he somehow finds the energy to inspire his 13 and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Dan teaches his students how change works ' on both a historical and personal scale ' and how to think for themselves. His disappointments and disillusionment, however, have led to a serious drug habit. One of his students finds out and what happens makes the movie grow more interesting.

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Mr. Holland's Opus (1996)

Mr. Hollands Opus

Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success.

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Pay It Forward (2000)

Pay It Foward

Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people.

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School of Rock (2003)

Jack Black plays a guitarist who gets kicked out of a band because he grandstands too much - or, to put it another way, enjoys himself. Through an intercepted phone call, he gets a job as a substitute teacher for fifth grade at a private school. Neither students nor teacher quite know what to do with each other until Finn discovers that some of his young charges can play instruments; at once he starts turning them into a great rock & roll troupe that can crush his former band at an upcoming competition.

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Stand and Deliver (1988)

Stand and Deliver

Jaime Escalante is a male mathematics teacher in a school in a latino neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students. He inspires his dropout prone students to learn calculus to build up their self-esteem and do so well that they are accused of cheating.

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Takhté siah - Blackboards (2000)

Blackboards (2000)

Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. A group of male teachers crosses the mountainous paths of remote Iranian Kurdish region. The men wander from village to village in search of students, carrying large blackboards on their backs - used as shelter, camouflage, and shields instead of for teaching purposes. One by one the men venture away from the group in search of students to teach. Along their way they face other hardships and obstacles, including enemy helicopters and gunfire.

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The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clément Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he's able to spark his students' interest in music and bring them a newfound joy. It also puts him at odds with the school's overbearing headmaster, however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils' lives.

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To Serve Them All My Days (1982)

A man has just returned from the trenches of WWI. He was injured and shell-shocked - after a hospital stay he gets a job teaching in a boys school in England. He is not at all sure he can do the job, but the headmaster has faith in him. David, although well educated, is just a humble lad from the Welsh valleys at heart and has to fit himself and his ideas into the heart of the English establishment.

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Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete First Season (1975)

Gabe Kotter is a high-school teacher with a bunch of unruly students in his class. The student troublemakers are led by Vinnie Barbarino, who has a knack for rhyming insults.

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