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The Florida Collaborative (WJCT — Jacksonville; WEDU — Tampa; WUSF — Tampa; WFSU — Tallahassee; WLRN — Miami; WDSC — Daytona Beach) is working together and individually to curb the dropout crisis statewide.

WFSU (Tallassee, Florida) - WFSU American Graduate Website

WFSU created a radio series producing over 70 radio spots that highlight student, parent, teacher and other citizen voices that care about this issue.  This series has now grown into Voices from the Classroom that will air through the remainder of 2013. WFSU worked with the Success Academy, a local middle and high school that was created by the school district to help students document their high school and career exploration experiences. The station hosted parent nights focused on engaging at-risk families in supporting educational goals of their children, and a monthly career lunch series in partnership with the Ghazvini Learning Center where students heard from professionals and community leaders about different careers and the education they require.

Their website now features a partner page that connects viewers interested in volunteer opportunities directly with organizations of interest and they are working with local organizations to lead the development of the Tallahassee Mentoring Partnership.

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WJCT (Jacksonville, Florida)

WJCT held a legislative town hall with state representatives, as well as American Graduate partners, to discuss ways to address Florida's dropout crisis.
The station has also aired “First Coast Connect” segments (one per month for 30 months) and 20 radio stories to air during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, in addition to a 30-minute documentary about the dropout situation in Northeast Florida.
WJCT hosted its first annual TEACH Conference in Fall 2012. The one-day conference convened more than 1,000 educators representing all grades (PreK-12th) and disciplines. WJCT introduced teachers to the educational resources they provide through a series of breakout sessions and keynote addresses by guest speakers.  WJCT will host a second TEACH Conference this fall.
WJCT partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s One-by-One initiative to convene and participate in over 100 community events and forums with the goal of guiding education reform in the district. In addition, WJCT cameras recorded the ONE by ONE forums and followed the students who are featured as part of the forum’s exhibits to produce a final documentary, “ONE by ONE: The Power of ONE,” which premiered earlier this year.


To date, WEDU and WUSF have established partnerships with a number of local organizations as part of its American Graduate outreach. WEDU and local ABC affiliate WSTF filmed interstitials focused on the benefits of participating in Florida’s Take Stock in Children Program (TSIC), an initiative that serves more than 800 schools in the state. WEDU also promoted the work of the Poynter Institute’s Write Field program, that targets at-risk middle school-age boys and pairs them with a male mentor for day-long writing and life skills sessions.
Students from Lakewood High School and John Hopkins Middle School participated in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. As part of the curriculum, they produced videos on subjects related to the dropout crisis, such as school violence and non-English speaking language barriers. The PBS NewsHour featured a report on a video produced by John Hopkins Middle School entitled, “Fighting Chance? Students Investigate Middle School Violence” and interviewed eighth-grader De'Qonton Davis and other students who were instrumental in the production. “Up Close with Cathy Unruh: American Graduate Special” featured a panel of principals and school administrators from Polk, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties discussing new approaches to student retention.

With support from the Poynter Institute and Tampa Bay Times, WEDU also offered the W.H.Y. Project Summer Student Media Training Camp to provide students with further opportunities to imagine a story idea for their neighborhood, conduct interviews, and film and edit footage for productions on a broad range of topics. On September 22, WEDU and WUSF participated in American Graduate Day, where the stations highlighted the work of local organizations such as United Way/Reading Pals, the Poynter Institute’s Write Field Program, Take Stock in Children and the Florida Literacy Coalition.


WLRN partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to implement a Student PSA Video Contest open to all Miami-Dade County public and private schools from elementary to high school students.
In May, and again this past fall, the station revisited American Graduate schools in the area with the goal of having all the class of 2018 take a pledge to graduate. Each hour-long event included dynamic speakers talking about their experiences, asking questions, and getting the students involved. 

The WLRN American Graduate project hosted events at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, Nautilus Middle School, and North Dade Middle School to motivate and inspire the Class of 2018 to stay in school and graduate. Young representatives from the national service organization City Year shared stories about their uplifting collegiate experiences and encouraged the 7th grade students to continue on the path to a college education.


WDSC is partnering with Volusia County Public Schools on its American Graduate work. The station has announced a student PSA contest and is collaborating with Daytona State College’s Adult Education Group on a plan to promote the college’s resources to the community.  Over 100 teachers attended the collaborative’s Teacher Town Hall.

Florida Teacher Voices:

Florida 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.

Florida Collaborative Community Partners - WEDU, WUSF

All-American City Award Task Force
Florida College Access Network
Florida Take Stock in Children
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
Hillsborough Education Foundation
Hillsborough Public Schools
John Hopkins Middle School
Lakewood High School
Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas Education Foundation,
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
Polk County Library Cooperative
Polk Education Foundation
Polk Public Schools
StateImpact Florida
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
The Poynter Institute Write Field Program
Miami, Florida- WLRN
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Nautilus Middle School
North Dade Middle School
Mandarin Lakes K-8 Center
Hialeah Gardens Middle School     
Miami-Dade College
The Education Fund

     United Way of Miami Dade
    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
    Miami-Dade County PTA/PTSA
    University of Miami (UM)
    Florida International University (FIU)
    St. Thomas University
    Nova Southeastern University
    The Parental Involvement Office (M-DCPS)
    Lady Suzanna & Carleton Tweed Foundation
    City of Miami
    South Miami Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
    City of Miami Beach Education Taskforce
    Breakthrough Miami
    United Healthcare of Florida
    City of Doral Parks and Police For Kids
    The Children's Trust
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    College Summit
    Women of Tomorrow
    City Year
    5000 Role Models
    Homestead Job Corps
    US Department of Justice
    Breathless Performance Racing
    Jacksonville- WJCT Community Partners
    Jacksonville Public Education Fund
    Duval County Public Schools
    Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership
    Philanthropic Initiative of the Community Foundation of Jacksonville
      Teach for America
      St. Johns County School District                                                   
      Community First Credit Union
      Nassau County School District

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