American Teacher film opens

American Teacher, a new documentary about teachers, has beenreleased in theaters across the United States. The film includes valuable perspectives on the education profession and the experiences and challenges of teachers in America’s classrooms.

The NEA notes the following: “American Teacher, a new full-length documentary film opening nationwide on September 30, seeks to counteract popular misconceptions about the teaching profession by showing, in a style of close-up realism, what teachers actually do and what their lives are really like — and how continued neglect of the profession may be jeopardizing the nation's future.”

Narrated by Matt Damon, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth and produced by Ninive Caligari and Dave Eggars, the film is part of the Teacher Salary Project and is based on the book, Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. The film portrays five K-12 public school educators from across the country as they navigate the daily challenges of balancing their teaching careers with their personal lives.

The film will run until Oct. 6 at the AMC Theater on 42nd Street in Manhattan. It then will be shown across the country in various locations. NEA is encouraging its local and state affiliates, as well as members, to consider hosting community-based screenings of the film, to be followed by panel discussions or open forums on the important issue of teachers’ working conditions, which translate to students’ learning conditions.

To organize a screening, visit: You can also contact the Teacher Salary Project’s outreach coordinator, Emily Davis, by e-mailing

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