Want to deepen your impact on education reporting?

October 10, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate, Social Media

Here’s your chance. CPB is offering a new grant opportunity for original education reporting at the local and national level. In alignment with the American Graduate initiative, this grant seeks to fund your reporting into challenges and solutions faced by communities providing education in the 21st century.

Public media has long been a trusted educational resource. CPB invites radio stations and national producers to continue this important work and raise awareness of issues in education, including the high school dropout crisis.

See the Request for Grant Proposals here. The deadline is November 13, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Want to learn more? Watch the recording of the recent informational webinar on this grant.

Enough said.

October 3, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen

More stations tackle the dropout crisis

September 17, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate

Every year, more than 1 million kids nationwide drop out of high school – kids in every state and in every community.

That’s why NCME, in collaboration with CPB, is delighted to award American Graduate Engagement grants to 20 stations in communities across the nation. Over the next year, these stations will leverage the grants to raise awareness about the dropout crisis, partner with community organizations, and lead youth to resources for staying in school.

Click here to read more.. »

Announcing American Graduate grants

July 19, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate, Grant Opportunity

Across the country, scores of public television and radio stations are building new relationships, collaborating with their communities and delivering real impact through American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, public media’s initiative to help communities across the country address the dropout crisis.

Now, we’re pleased to announce a new opportunity for stations to get involved in this important initiative, engage their communities, and make a real difference in young people’s lives. Click here to read more.. »

Getting kids to fall in love with radio

July 13, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate

Sometimes, reality turns out better than anything you could have planned. Such was the case for WUNC’s American Graduate youth media project. Read program director David Brower’s heartfelt post about working with youth and creating the next generation of radio lovers. 

By David Brower, Program Director, North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC)

When WUNC launched its first Youth Radio Club last school year with American Graduate funding, I had no idea how life-changing the results would be for our station and for the kids involved. Click here to read more.. »

Three hashtags to follow at PBS Annual

May 14, 2012 by kksparks under Public Media System, Television

Even if you can’t make it to the PBS Annual Meeting this week, you can still access all the fresh insights and ideas from the conference. That’s the magic of Twitter. Follow these hashtags to stay plugged into the action.

We can’t wait to connect with you – online or at the conference.

Maryland Public Television educates parents, impacts students

March 22, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate


“I learned how to communicate with my child.”

This simple comment from a parent to Maryland Public Television (MPT) sums up the idea behind the station’s American Graduate work: Provide education and resources for parents and they’ll become a strong force in helping their children graduate.

School is in session ­– for parents
Last September, MPT gathered more than 600 parents, teachers and students at MacArthur Middle School for a presentation from University for Parents (UFP), an organization that provides parents with resources to help their children succeed in school. There was a unique opportunity to make a difference at this school in particular. Click here to read more.. »

Grant Tip: How to Fund and Sustain Your American Graduate Project

March 20, 2012 by kksparks under Grant Opportunity, Public Media System

NCME is excited to bring you these regular tips from the Grant Center, a partnership between APTS and DEI, funded by CPB. Visit them online for more information.

Is your station looking for ways to continue your American Graduate project? The Grant Center has identified 11 federal grant opportunities, anticipated for 2012, connected with dropout prevention. Check out our resources highlighting these and other opportunities.

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Announcing Teacher Wall Grants

Over the past year, NCME has collaborated with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the American Graduate initiative. Now, in conjunction with CPB, we are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for public media stations to amplify teacher voices in their local communities. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to CPB, NCME is excited to help public media celebrate teachers through TeacherWall.org. NCME will offer small grants for up to 50 public media stations to interview local teachers and add those interviews to the national Teacher Wall and distribute them locally.

Teacher Wall Grant, Quick Facts:

  • Who is eligible? Any public media station that receives a CPB Community Service Grant.
  • What is the goal? Amplify educators’ voices and the commitment to education in your community.
  • How much is the grant? $2,200
  • When is the application due? February 29, 2012
  • How to learn more? NCME will host an informational call on Thursday, February 23, at 3:00 pm ET*, register here.
  • Where to apply? Visit mediaENGAGE.org/TeacherWall
Click here to read more.. »

American Graduate gets to the root of the dropout crisis

February 16, 2012 by kksparks under American Graduate, Public Media System, Public Radio, Television

Most people agree that there’s no quick fix for low graduation rates. Finding long-term solutions starts with understanding the causes. That’s where American Graduate is making a big difference. This week, we’re sharing just a few of the ways public radio and television stations are bringing people together in more than 60 cities to address the crisis.

Nashville Public Television brings teachers to the table
Last Sunday, Nashville Public Television hosted an American Graduate town hall moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan. The town hall brought together more than 100 public school teachers who shared their perspectives on the causes behind low graduation rates. Click here to read more.. »