KERA’s American Graduate Initiative
As part of a national public broadcasting project American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, KERA is focusing on ways to keep kids on the path to graduation. This multiyear initiative to fight the dropout crisis will play out on all of KERA’s platforms, with news stories and community outreach through radio, television, web sites, social media and events.
Below are some of the highlights so far.
American Graduate Champions
Betsy Price: Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price is promoting healthy habits and active lifestyles for children through the FitWorth Healthy City Initiative. FitWorth is working with schools to encourage better nutrition and increased physical activity for students.
Jasmine Africawala: Jasmine Africawala is a librarian at the Dallas Public Library and serves as the community engagement coordinator. She oversees several programs that assist non-English speakers and individuals without a high school diploma – 25 percent of the population in Dallas County.
Nakia Douglas: As principal of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Nakia Douglas’ mission is “to develop young men into impactful leaders through the development of their intellectual, moral, physical, social and emotional skills for the global society of tomorrow.”
Meet a group of cutting-edge North Texas teachers, see them in action as they bring their innovative approaches to the classroom and hear their thoughts on the future of education. Details »
In this hour-long television special, we’ll find out what it takes to finish high school with four North Texas students who overcame the odds to graduate, and two students still working hard to finish. Details »
KERA put on two student forums in March, the first steps toward a televised student town hall to be aired later this year on KERA-Channel 13. Click the “Archived Programming” tab above to watch the full videos.
Reporters Bill Zeeble and Stella Chavez have launched an ambitious five-year project called Class of ’17. Bill and Stella will follow a diverse group of ninth graders from across North Texas all the way through high school graduation – or whatever comes next. Their stories are airing on the radio, 90.1 FM, and a blog, the Class of ’17 Yearbook. So far listeners and readers have met six of the students:
Think host Krys Boyd is focusing on education issues as part of the American Graduate project.
Here are a few recent examples:
In Schools, Segregation Remains (date: 7/15/14)
Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional. So why are America’s schools looking more and more racially divided? Krys Boyd spoke with Mary Robertson, producer of the Frontline documentary Separate and Unequal about the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the current racial makeup of our schools.
The High Cost of College (date: 6/25/14)
With skyrocketing tuitions, crushing student loans and questions about tenure, higher education is at a crossroads. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, Krys Boyd spoke with Andrew Rossi about the challenges facing colleges, universities and students.
Where You’re From Matters (date: 6/3/14)
Universities are considering race less and less as they process applications. Andy Sheryll Cashin argues that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Krys Boyd spoke with the civil-rights advocate and Georgetown law professor about why the neighborhoods that students come from may be more important than their skin color. Cashin writes about this subject in her book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America.
How We Handle Higher Ed (date: 5/28/14)
Critics of liberal education reason that vocational instruction is more practical and better servers the workforce. Krys Boyd spoke with Wesleyan University president Michael S. Roth about the counter argument and his book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.
OTHER RADIO SPECIALS
Class of 2025
Oregon Public Broadcasting will follow more than 20 members of the class of 2025 through high school. In the series you’ll hear from parents, teachers and education experts. The students are currently in the first grade and in this radio special you’ll hear from five of them.
Dropouts to Graduates: The Story of the Care Center
Breaking Ground with Kavitha Cardoza – Yesterday’s Dropouts
Recent TV programs under the American Graduate initiative:
50 years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, FRONTLINE examines what’s behind the growing racial divide in American schools.
KERA put on two student forums in March, the first steps toward a televised student town hall to be aired later this year on KERA-Channel 13. Here are full videos of the two events, moderated by Krys Boyd, host of the KERA radio call-in show Think:
The March 7 student forum —called Our Schools. Our Voices – was held in KERA’s Community Room in the station’s Dallas offices. Leadership DISD co-sponsored the event as part of Dallas Public Schools Week.
The March 27 forum, co-sponsored with the United Way of Tarrant County and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, was held at the club’s Martin Safe Haven branch.