Class of ’27

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Class of ’27 takes an in-depth look at the people who overcome considerable odds to bring early education to impoverished rural America. The film focuses on students, educators, parents, and guardians in three locations: Owsley County, Kentucky; White Earth Reservation in Minnesota; and farm workers following the growing season in the Western states, and the challenges facing our youngest students, their families and school systems.

The three-part format of the film makes it a very flexible engagement tool to spark discussions about different topics related to poverty and early childhood education. The film is accompanied by an engagement guide that is designed to help early childhood program administrators, teachers, in-service trainers, and organizations use the film Class of ’27 to advance local conversations on education and early learning.

  • Class of ’27 | Engagement Guide

    Class of ’27 takes an in-depth look at the people who overcome considerable odds to bring early education to impoverished rural America. The film focuses on students, educators, parents, and guardians in three locations: Owsley County, Kentucky; White Earth Reservation in Minnesota; and farm workers following the growing season in the Western states, and the challenges facing our youngest students, their families and school systems.

    This engagement guide is designed to help early childhood program administrators, teachers, in-service trainers, and organizations use the film to advance local conversations on education and early learning. The three-part format of the film makes it a very flexible engagement tool to spark discussions about different topics related to poverty and early childhood education.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Part 1 | Class of ’27 | Class of ’27

    Class of ’27 presents three distinct yet complementary personal stories from places too often ignored in America. Each portrait demonstrates that children from struggling rural communities, despite their circumstances, are more likely to grow into productive and civically engaged adults if they receive support in their earliest years. The first portrait entitled, Class of ’27, follows preschoolers in Booneville, KY. With local employment largely limited to the school system, these children are fortunate to have caring and competent adults preparing them for better futures.

    The film is accompanied by an engagement guide that is designed to help early childhood program administrators, teachers, in-service trainers, and organizations use the film Class of ’27 to advance local conversations on education and early learning.

     

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Part 2 | Class of ’27 | Little Dream Catchers

    Class of ’27 presents three distinct yet complementary personal stories from places too often ignored in America. Each portrait demonstrates that children from struggling rural communities, despite their circumstances, are more likely to grow into productive and civically engaged adults if they receive support in their earliest years. The second portrait entitled, Little Dream Catchers, introduces audiences to White Earth Nation in Minnesota whose members set high standards. Former Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor notes: “Education is our ticket out of poverty here; it was my ticket.”

    The film is accompanied by an engagement guide that is designed to help early childhood program administrators, teachers, in-service trainers, and organizations use the film Class of ’27 to advance local conversations on education and early learning.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Part 3 | Class of ’27 | Fields of Promise

    Class of ’27 presents three distinct yet complementary personal stories from places too often ignored in America. Each portrait demonstrates that children from struggling rural communities, despite their circumstances, are more likely to grow into productive and civically engaged adults if they receive support in their earliest years. The third portrait, Fields of Promise, follows Mireya and her parents from Fresno, CA to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for berry season. Mireya’s parents enroll her in Migrant Head Start -- a warm, high-quality experience with meals and outdoor play. Their focus is to ensure Mireya’s academic readiness.

    The film is accompanied by an engagement guide that is designed to help early childhood program administrators, teachers, in-service trainers, and organizations use the film Class of ’27 to advance local conversations on education and early learning.

    Grades: 9-13+

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