KQED, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Community School, Oakland Unified School District and OUSD Office of African American Male Achievement hosted a TED Talks Education Town Hall this Fall that highlighted innovative educational solutions to the crisis facing Oakland’s African American male youth A documentary screening on African American Male Achievement and OUSD was followed by a panel discussion with notables from the non-profit, education, and faith sectors.
KQED has also worked with Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), a long-time community partner, on a youth media program about the dropout issue. BAVC, through its Next Gen programs, empowers youth to tell their own stories, while learning 21st century skills that prepare them for the workforce. KQED, TILT and the Disposable Film Festival gave students an opportunity to express their thoughts on the dropout issue through the creation of short films at the Youth Film Lab at Oakland School of the Arts.
In addition, for the second year, KQED partnered with Oakland’s Promise Alliance on their Back to School Rally on the steps of City Hall this summer.
KQED’s American Graduate blog offers stories about the dropout crisis including the unique stories of 6 Oakland graduates who are moving on from high school to their next chapter in life. A six-part “Graduation Day” series aired as part of The California Report radio program this summer.
KQED partners with ConnectEd and I-SEEED to deliver a series of four Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)-based trainings for educators on the effective use of media in the classroom in teaching work and life skills to students in new ways.
PBS SoCal uses media to engage students and empower them to tell their stories, at the same time giving them practical skills that can inspire them to stay in school to pursue a career. PBS SoCaL’s student media spotlight, and presence at the California Student Media Festival are just a couple of the ways the station celebrates the media and multimedia projects produced by California’s best and brightest students. PBS SoCal honored the work of students and teachers from more than 45 schools from across the state of California and showcased the work of more than 1,000 students. Monthly student spotlights have highlighted the work of the festival winners.
PBS SoCaL’s dropout prevention work also shines a spotlight on community organizations and individuals already working to combat the issue. With coverage as part of PBS SoCaL’s Community Champions series and other special programming, PBS SoCaL helps its partners to raise their profile and connect parents and other viewers to resources and community programs in which they can get involved. In this episode, PBS SoCaL proudly pays tribute to Maynard Brown, a faculty member at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. He goes beyond the call of duty to help his students develop the practical skills they need to be successful in life.
PBS SoCal partnered with career exploration organization Vital Link’s Digital Learning Day. More than 400 students participated in sessions on community colleges, vocational schools, women in the media and many more topics. All three stations also partnered with Vita Link to reach more than 500 middle and high school students at the weekend-long STEM Showcase and Digital Media Arts Day event.
PBS SoCaL convened teachers to voice their issues and concerns about the state of K12 education. Hosted by Hari Sreenivasan from PBS Newshour, PBS SoCaL co-produced and later broadcast a Southern California Teacher Town Hall meeting at the Grammy Museum. Panelists included Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation and Corporation for Public Broadcasting President, Pat Harrison.
KVCR launched It's Your Call, a 13-episode multi-platform series to address student graduation and the challenges families face. The audience had the opportunity to ask guest education experts, teachers and community leaders. KVCR is also focused on the topic of student graduation and the challenges families face with the news and issues program, Plugged Inland. In addition, KCVR has aired more than 50 PSAs focused on the value of education, voiced by local mayors, school principals, parents and even students. The PSAs aired more than 900 times on KVCR and more than 3000 times on FNX, CREATE and the desert channels. During its participation in American Graduate Day, the station aired a two-hour special featuring Native American Education, education for those with disabilities, and a look at workforce development in the area. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of the live expert guests.
KLCS, with in collaboration with LAUSD Pupil Services, produced a documentary series, A Student's Life, depicting the life of youth in Los Angeles showing the struggles and barriers that they face to stay in school. This collection of inspirational stories reached out to youth all over the nation with a strong message about staying in school and "not giving up". The students featured in "A Student's Life" provide a face and a story for the thousands of students we serve that are facing similar situations and barriers to getting their education.
As part of last year’s Attendance Awareness Month, KLCS also produced a thirty-minute program featuring LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer and Director of Pupil Services, Debra Duardo, in a discussion focusing on Student Recovery Day. Students and Pupil Services Counselors, Maribel Munguia, Polytechnic High School and Marquis Jones, Fremont HS were filmed and interviewed to discuss some of the attendance related issues the students were facing. Chief of School Police, Steven Zipperman, and Pupil Services Counselor, Emily Hernandez, were also interviewed to discuss the role of School Police and Pupil Services Counselors. Both programs can be viewed here.
Valley PBS (KVPT; Fresno, CA), in partnership with Reading and Beyond, aired profiles of students on a special American Graduate program Upward Bound. The station has been an integral part of United Way’s Successful Children’s Impact Council, and worked with representatives of United Way of Fresno County to build a platform of ongoing awareness in the community which can increase participation and ongoing support for students. Valley PBS has also worked closely with the Fresno County Office of Education and the Youth Leadership Institute.
KVIE Public Television (Sacramento, CA) has formed relationships with the County Office of Education and expanded outreach to educators and student groups. The station produced a special edition of Studio Sacramento on the dropout problem. KVIE is also currently organizing a Video Production Mentoring Camp to engage a group of low income, ethnically diverse middle and high school students. KVIE's community partners include: Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED), Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium and the Sacramento County Office of Education.
California public media stations participated in a nation-wide 'virtual teacher town hall' project. Teachers were asked a series of questions about things that are most important to them--from challenges to "A-ha! moments," from lessons learned to job satisfaction, from curriculum to parent engagement. The topics tackled in this project showcase a wide range of voices and provide teachers with a chance to interact and share with one another, all while adding to the conversation on America's schools. Hear more Teacher Voices.