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American Graduate Week 2016

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According to the 2015 Annual Building A Grad Nation report, the U.S. high school graduation rate will reach the goal of 90% by the year 2020 -- yet disparities still exist. The report examines the improvements versus declines for students of color, of low-income, and with disabilities. The productivity rates of large cities, districts and states are also analyzed. 

Recently, NPR examined the rising high school graduation rates, exposing the factors that contribute to the 81% rate (http://apps.npr.org/grad-rates/). 

From September 27th to October 2nd, WORLD Channel presents a week of documentaries that focus on the continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators 'outside' of the 90%. Anchoring American Graduate on WORLD is an all-new Local, USA (Stories from the Classroom), If You Build It from WORLD's original docu-series America ReFramed, and additional series Central Standard and Dropping Back In as well as eight other provocative programs. 

Inspired by the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen initiative and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

 

American Graduate Programming on WORLD Channel

Independent Lens: The Graduates - Part 1
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Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.

Independent Lens: The Graduates - Part 2
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Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.

Outside the Box
Watch Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:30pm on WORLD
Charter schools — free public schools funded by tax dollars — opened in the United States in large response to low graduation rates and failure to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. Outside the Box provides insight into the operation and financial challenges of charter schools as well as their effectiveness.

Dropping Back In: Building a Better Life
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Between 2012 and 2022, the U.S. is projected to need 500,000+ carpenter and construction laborers. Today, two million jobs are going unfilled because no skilled workers are available. This is a look at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing undereducated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching marketable skills.

180 Days: Hartsville - 101
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Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect.

180 Days: Hartsville - 102
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Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect.

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School - Part 1
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Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (also known as DC Met), 180 Days: Inside An American High School, is a portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students each and every day.

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School - Part 2
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Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (also known as DC Met), 180 Days: Inside An American High School, is a portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students each and every day.

Facing Forward: A Student's Story
Watch Saturday, September 13, 2016 at 6pm on WORLD
Journey inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts. By connecting with Tyree, learn about the complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education.

America Reframed | Class of '27
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Filmed in the hollows of Appalachia, on native lands of the Upper Midwest and in West Coast migrant camps, Class of ’27 presents distinct yet complementary personal stories from places too often ignored in America. Each of the three portraits demonstrates that children from distressed communities, despite their circumstances, are more likely to grow into productive and civically engaged adults if they receive support in their earliest years. Committed to supporting the children’s potential, each community is a place of hope, inspiration and resilience. 

 

 
 

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