“American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” is a national public media initiative that leverages the power and reach of public television to help communities across the country address the high school dropout crisis. The centerpiece of this national effort is "American Graduate Day 2013," a daylong live broadcast and outreach event on Saturday, September 28.
This is a “call-to-action” telethon event, featuring more than 20 national community partners, and 14 locally-produced segments profiling community partners in Central Indiana. The telethon will include a dynamic mix of long-form programming, live breaks and pre-taped segments. It will tell the story of community partners and how they provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools.
WFYI will broadcast a total of 13 hours of education programming that day, including the stories of local organizations and a town hall, "Graduating Indiana 2013." Tune in from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sep 26, 2012
What are students doing after a summer workshop on bullying at Butler University? We go to an Indianapolis high school to see how students are implementing the plans they made.
Sep 19, 2012
Students who get the opportunity to study outside do better on tests and are more interested in learning. This segment of American Graduate looks at the annual trip that a Shelbyville middle school science class takes to the Smokey Mountain National Park.
Sep 12, 2012
New models of teacher assessment are being rolled out in schools across Indiana because of changes to state law. This segment of American Graduate looks at how schools are responding as the school year gets rolling.
Sep 05, 2012
School test scores are lower for non-white students. Lawrence Township is making progress in a several year initiative to eradicate the racial achievement gap. This segment of American Graduate looks at what they're doing to make a difference.
Aug 29, 2012
A good start is very important in education. In fact, quality pre-school experiences can be linked to better educational outcomes. This American Graduate segment looks at Indiana's Paths to Quality program that helps child care centers provide the best care possible.
Aug 22, 2012
Indianapolis high school graduates with developmental disabilities are getting innovative job and life skill training through Project Search. This American Graduate segment follows them for part of their journey.
Aug 19, 2012
The data is clear: when parents are involved in schools, children do better.
Aug 08, 2012
Education students at Butler University are working with teens across the city to address bullying. Students will take plans they've developed and work to make a difference in their schools.
Aug 07, 2012
Missing school will lead to poor performance in the classroom. A new state-wide study is calling for changes in the law about how absenteeism is tracked in Indiana.
Jul 25, 2012
As the conversation about improving graduation rates continues, students and teachers weigh in with their ideas about what's working and what's not.
Jul 18, 2012
Due to technical issues the College Counseling segment from July 11, 2012 is repeated for July 18, 2012.
Jul 11, 2012
Indiana school counselors who help students and families plan for college are getting trained to be even better advocates.
Jul 08, 2012
Project based learning may use traditional tools including lectures, textbooks and tests but the focus is on relevancy, inquiry and hands on learning organized around a central question.
Jun 27, 2012
A new free tool through Easter Seals Crossroads will help parents know if their child is developing on schedule.
Jun 20, 2012
Student teaching will face changes as assessments on classroom teachers and tests for students increase the stakes.
Jun 13, 2012
Foster Youth face big challenges that spill over into the classroom. American Graduate talks about the challenges and one student shares her story.
Jun 06, 2012
Smart boards are quickly becoming standard in classrooms. This segment looks at the ways in which technology changes education.
May 30, 2012
Strengths based intervention is being used to work with difficult students as well as get more from high performing students.
May 23, 2012
Students are taking more tests and there are questions about whether or not it will lead to better outcomes.
May 16, 2012
Students who get involved and engaged at school are much more likely to graduate. American Graduate examines the story of one senior who graduates this month who says it could easily have gone another direction.
May 09, 2012
Interdisciplinary teaching lets students learn math, science, English and economics during the same lesson. American Graduate explores how itís used in Indianapolis classrooms and what teachers have to say about it.
May 02, 2012
After school activities and summer break aren't just for fun. Real learning is happening American Graduate explores several options in Indianapolis.
Apr 25, 2012
Butler Basketball player Ron Nored graduates in May and heíll stay in the area to coach and influence high school students. He is also an advocate for the American Graduate initiative.
Apr 18, 2012
Indianapolis is home to thousands of Burmese refugees who came to the U.S. to escape religious persecution. American Graduate takes a look at what tools Perry Township schools using to help children who are the first in their families to learn English.
Apr 11, 2012
Thousands of adults in Marion County aren't functionally literate. Indy Reads, Central Indiana's largest program to help them is on the front lines of an effort that may well boost our high school graduation rates as well.
Apr 04, 2012
Most high school dropouts follow a predictable path with key points for intervention. One critical point is middle school. Today's American graduate segment focuses on a middle school recognized as a school to watch.
Mar 28, 2012
Teachers are on the frontlines of the high school dropout crisis. Their influence and potential to guide the students they see daily can't be underestimated. American Graduate talks to a teacher and coach who fights to keep kids in school.
Mar 21, 2012
Gay students are frequently targeted for harassment and bullying. Pike High School has is one of a handful in the city that has a Gay Straight Alliance for students. The group is modeled after others around the country and promotes tolerance. American Graduate asks; does it really make a difference?
Mar 19, 2012
Hope Academy Junior Brynden says he got in with the wrong crowd.
Mar 19, 2012
Hope Academy Senior Caitlin says she would try to help other teens struggling with addiction by telling her story.
Mar 19, 2012
Hope Academy English Teacher Patrick Soltice says students can get bored and he works to prevent that.
Mar 19, 2012
Hope Academy Principal Gail Stone explains that those in recovery need special care.
Mar 14, 2012
How do students with drug and alcohol problems stay clean and graduate? Indianapolis has a school specifically for them. American Graduate talks to students and staff at Hope Academy.
Mar 07, 2012
This segment looks at how emergency planning saved lives at Henryville schools when tornadoes struck last week. School officials will look at lessons learned and what comes from that will keep all schools safer.
Feb 28, 2012
This segment looks at the work being done with the community's help at Francis Parker, IPS school 56. The school has seen better academic performance as the adults have begun bonding with the students. Additional information can be found at: www.100BlackMenIndy.org, www.uwci.org, and www.mentoring.org.
Feb 21, 2012
We begin a brand new series of reports here on WFYI. Over the next several months, you'll hear weekly American Graduate segments focusing on education. The purpose is to amplify the conversation in Indianapolis about low high school graduation rates and
Feb 21, 2012
If you're off to college next year or preparing to enter your senior year, you should know that important deadlines are coming up for financial aid. WFYI's Jo Ann Klooz reports for the American Graduate initiative.
Feb 21, 2012
Many organizations here in Indy want to help improve high school graduation rates and engage teens along the way. This segment is about one effort using a media contest.