American Education Week

November 16, 2011 by kksparks under Audience Engagement, Content, Education, Public Media System

This is American Education Week, a perfect time to shine the spotlight on some of the great work being done nationwide on the American Graduate initiative! Here’s what some public media stations are doing to address the dropout crisis.

Convening Town Halls

Last week The Nine Network kicked off its American Graduate work in St. Louis with a major town hall meeting. The gathering was a huge success with approximately 100 local teachers, an in-depth discussion among panelists and text message polling to gather insights straight from teachers in the audience. Among other press coverage, the PBS NewsHour covered the event and aired an informative segment on it.

This week, a number of stations are hosting or broadcasting their own town halls and summits, including: Detroit Public TVWMHT in Eastern New York, Mississippi Public BroadcastingWGTE in Ohio, and the partners KUVO and Colorado Public Television in Denver. Here is a preview of Colorado’s American Graduate special:

Working with Students

It’s rewarding to see stations making students’ voices a priority in this initiative. Some stations, such as KACV in Amarillo, TX, are working with students to create PSAs. In Chicago, WTTW11 is partnering with a local nonprofit, Free Spirit Media, to make PSAs with students. Here is an example from that project:

How can you find out more?

American Graduate is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. You can stay up-to-date on what’s happening by visiting and following the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, along with the hashtag #AmGrad.

Public radio and public television stations can also find information, tools and resources on how to get involved with American Graduate at