The First Year 

Five young teachers in Los Angeles public schools are followed through their first year of teaching in some of the U.S.’s toughest elementary, middle and high schools. Maurice Rabb, Nate Monley, Geneviève DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, and Georgene Acosta struggle to keep their students in school, fight city hall for funding, find special services, even teach without a classroom. The First Year shows what happens when the system fails to serve, when families fail to support, and what the teachers must do when their idealism isn’t enough, cutting through the rhetoric of the national debate about education to remind us of the powerful relationship between a teacher and a student. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.


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