The Bad Kids

Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance. But tireless Principal … READ MORE

Free Breakfast Program

This excerpt from The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution reveals a less heralded side of the Black Panther Party. After reading studies on how children who didn’t get breakfast fared poorly in school, the Panthers started a free breakfast program that served 20,000 meals a week to black schoolchildren in 19 different communities.

East of Salinas

East of Salinas: Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, 3rd-grader Jose loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, who like Jose, was born the son of migrant farm workers, and who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields.

A Letter from Jose Ansaldo and an Update from Oscar Ramos

UPDATE (2/7/17): News courtesy of East of Salinas filmmaker Laura Pacheco, teacher Oscar Ramos was just awarded the Cesar Chavez Human Rights Award! Our hearty congrats to Mr. Ramos on the well-deserved honor. #Cesar Chavez Human Rights Award Winner! Props to Oscar Ramos for his inspiration and commitment. pic.twitter.com/nvPsYopxjX — EAST OF SALINAS (@EastofSalinas) February 8, 2017 … READ MORE

Math Homework Before TV

In this excerpt from East of Salinas, third-grader Jose Ansaldo, dutifully finishes his math homework before eating dinner or watching TV. He’s anxious to get good grades so he can join the class field trip to the beach — a place he’s never been despite living on the California coast.

East of Salinas Trailer

Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, 3rd-grader Jose Ansaldo loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, who like Jose was born the son of migrant farm workers, and who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields.

East of Salinas

East of Salinas takes us to the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley, to meet a bright boy and his dedicated teacher — both sons of migrant farm workers. With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. … READ MORE

Homeless but Not Hopeless: Homeless Youth in America

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren’t pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the U.S. But here’s a look at innovative ways people are using to tackle the issue, and ways you can help, too.

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American Dreaming: Small Towns Through the Movies

From It’s a Wonderful Life to Medora, The Last Picture Show to Footloose, a survey of some of the more interesting documentary and fictional films set in and about American small towns, going back to the 1940s up through this year, in tandem with the film Rich Hill.

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The Graduates – The Boys

This film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. The second episode features Juan, who was bullied as a gay teen until he discovered dance; Eduardo, who is steered away from the gang path when introduced to a special college prep organization; and … READ MORE

The Graduates – The Girls

This two-part film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. This episode features Stephanie, a budding activist on the South Side of Chicago; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who reenters school after having a … READ MORE