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Hallmark's Beyond The Blackboard Movie Review

Updated on September 16, 2014

Beyond The Blackboard: A Hallmark Movie About Teaching Homeless Children

Hallmark Hall of Fame's Beyond the Blackboard (which was previously titled Let Them Shine) aired last night, April 24, 2011, and I and no doubt millions of other people enjoyed it. Starring Emily VanCamp, Timothy Busfield and Treat Williams, it follows a true story from a book titled Nobody Don't Love Nobody by Stacey Bess.

Set in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Beyond the Blackboard tells the story a brand-new teacher and Mom who is given a tougher than expected teaching job and winds up teaching homeless CHILDREN in a school that is housed in a single room in a dilapidated warehouse and called THE SCHOOL WITH NO NAME. She has some personal prejudicial hurdles to cross before she is able to be a true teacher for these children and of course there are unexpected hurdles like the facts that this school has no desks, books or supplies.

Hallmark movie fans who do NOT have the Hallmark Channel were lucky because Beyond the Blackboard premiered as Hallmark's 243rd presentation on CBS rather than Hallmark's own channel. Meaning those without the specialty channel could tune in and watch. However, if you missed watching it on CBS and are now wondering where and when you will be able to watch it or you simply enjoyed it so much that you want to own it, I am pleased to tell you that you can already buy a copy on DVD. On this page, you can watch the movie trailer, learn more about Beyond the Blackboard and even order a copy of the movie, if you like.

Click here to order your copy of Beyond the Blackboard from Amazon.

"Based on the true storyof an extraordinary teacher."

Fast Facts About Beyond The Blackboard - This movie was originally called Let Them Shine.

  • DIRECTOR: by Jeff Bleckner
  • PRODUCERS: by Brent Shields and Gerald R. Molen
  • BASED ON BOOK: Nobody Don't Love Nobody by Stacey Bess
  • SCRIPT BY: Camille Thomasson
  • STARRING: Emily VanCamp and Treat Williams
  • COMPANY: Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2011
  • DVD RELEASE DATE: To be determined
  • RUN TIME: 100 minutes
  • RATING: Not Rated

Beyond The Blackboard Information and Movie Trailer

The story of Beyond the Blackboard is an inspiring one and actress Emily VanCamp said that she was compelled to take the role, that she was surprised at how she connected with the script and that she really admires Stacey for what she did at the school. "I love the combination Miss Bess has of vulnerability and empathy, matched with tremendous strength."

Stacey Bess visited the set in New Mexico and reminisced that her chances of surviving at the school were near zero at the beginning, particularly since she had never experienced poverty before. However, she went on and helped children at that school for many years. Her job was not easy, she had to teach them that you could trust adults and that you were there and would continue to be there for them. She also said she had to teach them HOW to be children and that they should not have to worry about money. She feels that it did not take a lot to make a difference -- just some basic school equipment and some love.

Ms. Bess does not think that people should be afraid to venture outside of their comfort zones and said, "Even the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference in another person's life."The first video that appears here is the short movie trailer; the second, a more detailed look at the film which serves as an introduction to the movie and to the story behind it.

Order Your Copy of Beyond The Blackboard - From Amazon or eBay.

Beyond The Blackboard
Beyond The Blackboard

Nobody Don't Love Nobody - Read the book, written by Stacey Bess.

Nobody Don't Love Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School With No Name is a book about making connections between children and adults in any situation. It shows how to find something extraordinary in every child and how to show them compassion in a way that does not judge. It tells the story of a teacher named Stacey Bess who connects with the children she encounters when placed in an unexpected teaching position.

Amazon says that this book "will move you and inspire you." In it, Ms. Bess shares her experiences teaching homeless children in Salt Lake City. She talks about the problems and the celebrations and shows how there can be hope. Amazon's reviewer says, "A wonderful portrayal of the joys and trials of teaching homeless kids."

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The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

The Lost Valentine was hugely successful, drawing a large crowd that went away more than satisfied. Starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt, it featured a more than capable cast and a beautiful storyline.

Hallmark When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Hall of Fame Drama
Hallmark When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Hall of Fame Drama

When Love is Not Enough is a story about Lois and Bill Wilson who survived alcoholism and went on to create Alcoholics Anonymous, helping millions of people around the world. A true love story.

November Christmas - Hallmark Hall of Fame
November Christmas - Hallmark Hall of Fame

Not just a Christmas movie, November Christmas tells the story of one family's attempt to bring the holidays -- Christmas and Halloween -- to their very ill young daughter.

The Magic of Ordinary Days (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
The Magic of Ordinary Days (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

The Magic of Ordinary Days tells the story of a young city woman pregnant and sent to an arranged marriage on a rural farm. A different world, a man she doesn't know. Another lovely Hallmark romance movie.


Beyond the Blackboard was Hallmark Hall of Fame's 243rd presentation.

Does the story Beyond the Blackboard reach out to you?

The real woman on whom this film is based was reluctant at first to see the movie made but then she thought, "if it will teach one person to reach out to kids, it will be worth it." What do you think of her story? Will it help others to be more caring and to reach out?

Does the story Beyond the Blackboard reach out to you?

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I can relate to how this woman felt. It was so hard for me to see my kids that were homeless leave for "home" after school. When I used to visit the shelters it was even harder. You just want to take care of them all, but the state has rules for a reason. So you do what you can, while you can and pray some of it gets through to them.

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      7 years ago

      Sometimes just someone who cares can totally change your life!

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Since I saw the promo for Beyond the Blackboard on CBS I've been wanting to see this film. It sounds like it will be really good.

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      8 years ago

      Really looking forward to watching this movie when it premiers on tv. I know it will be a good one. Hallmark movies are the best movies.

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      8 years ago

      Well, most Hallmark movies are inspiring, so I do see this as one that will do just that--be inspiring. And children need all of the care we can give them, so I hope it helps many, many folks to reach out. Showing it on CBS is quite a nice idea. Just because there's now a Hallmark channel doesn't mean they should quit serving the audience they built on that may not be able to get or afford Hallmark. Glad they chose to do that.

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      8 years ago

      There's too few books and movies with such topic. Thank you for spreading the word :)

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      8 years ago

      So glad to have found your lens so I know about this movie. I definitely want to see it. Hallmark movies are excellent.

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      8 years ago

      Amazing story

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      8 years ago

      This sounds like a good movie, i love Treat Williams also. Yes it does reach out!!!

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This somehow seems like a very timely topic. The movie's story is bound to touch many hearts out there, I think.

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      8 years ago

      I look forward to seeing this one! Our schools are certainly in crisis in our area.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I'll look forward to seeing Beyond the Blackboard.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      I haven't seen it but this sounds like a great movie!


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