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Detroit Public Television (Detroit, MI) Michigan American Graduate Website

DPTV MI 2The 2013 Graduation Celebration is part of DPTV’s American Graduate initiative - celebrating students and the people who have helped them reach an important milestone toward becoming self-sufficient adults. Graduation is not just a goal to reach. It’s also the starting line for a number of job and career options. Host Fred Nahhat spoke with high school graduating students on their accomplishments and their plans to continue their education.  The program also showcased the first graduating class from the Turnaround Schools managed by the United Way for Southeast Michigan as well as Can’t Hold Me Back an ITVS film that profiles a student from Southwest Detroit who was the first in his family to graduate from high school.



Detroit Public Television worked with the Center for Michigan on The Public’s Agenda for Public Education, released on January 22, 2013. The report reflects the results of more than 250 community conversations that engaged thousands of citizens across the state of Michigan on education topics. This was followed by a televised town hall meeting with the Center for Michigan to explore early childhood education and the future of education. Journalist Christy McDonald led two panel discussions with Michigan education experts. The special included an interview with Governor Rick Snyder, and is available on demand here.


 Last year’s Graduation Celebration helped parents, teachers and members of the larger community recognize resources that can help students reach graduation. The four student stories from the Graduation Celebration came from community partners and were selected from over a dozen student nominations. The “heroes” in these stories illustrate how students have overcome tough odds to graduate from high school and how youth can use education as a path out of poverty and into a brighter future. DPTV also aired a Ready for School broadcast, aimed at preparing early elementary students and their parents for their first year in school.

Detroit Public Television held a Teacher Town Hall moderated by PBS NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan. The town hall brought together more than 100 local teachers, parents and participants from the Michigan State Department of Education and City Year and focused on the challenges and solutions for keeping students interested and engaged in school.  A team of local youth reporters participating in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs covered the event.
Since the Town Hall, DPTV has been working with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs at three local schools. One school, Fraser High School, in suburban Detroit has been very active in the program and was awarded a student equivalent of an Emmy for this piece. DPTV held five sessions with youths at agencies providing homeless student supports, homeless shelters, foster care supports, transitional housing, or outreach programs.

DPTV has also created training videos for teachers to accompany the Winning Futures life skills and goal setting curriculum. The videos are being used in classrooms throughout the region.
Last Fall, DPTV aired American Graduate Day on September 22 and featured partner organizations including Black Family Development, City Year, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, the Michigan Department of Education and others.

Michigan American Graduate Videos
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DPT | 2013 Graduation Celebration
DPT | 2013 Graduation Celebration Celebrating students and the people who have helped them reach an important milestone toward becoming self-sufficient adults. Read more
DPTV - Attendance In Schools
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DPT | The Future of Education
DPT | The Future of Education A town hall meeting to explore the future of education. Read more
PBS NewsHour - Detroit Dropout Crisis
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DPT | American Black Journal: Detroit Public Schools
DPT | American Black Journal: Detroit Public Schools Detroit Public Schools is ground zero for debates about urban education in the state. Read more
DPT | Great Teachers Series
DPT | Great Teachers Series Detroit-area teachers share stories of struggles and success Read more
The Graduates Shorts: Can't Hold Me Back
DPT | American Graduate Day 2012
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DPT | 2012 Graduation Celebration
DPT | 2012 Graduation Celebration A celebration of the Class of 2012. Read more
DPT | Community Conversation: Mike Flanagan
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Detroit Public TV - American Graduate Day 2013
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DPT | MiWeek's Reflections & Insights
DPT | MiWeek's Reflections & Insights MiWeek's Reflections & Insights on the status Education in Michigan Read more
DPT | Ramon Mendez Story
DPT | Ramon Mendez Story How hard work and the guidance of a mentor lead Ramon Mendez to his graduation day Read more
DPTV | Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
DPTV | Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for American Graduate Read more
Teacher Town Hall - Detroit
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Engagement Communities:

WGVU (Grand Rapids, MI) - Grand Rapids American Graduate Website

WGVU’s local project, “Get Your Diploma. Get Your Dream,” focused its second year on capturing student voices. In partnership with Michigan Gear Up, which supports at-risk students from seventh grade through their first year in college, WGVU worked with eight graders at six inner city middle schools to create stories about their challenges, successes, and life on a college campus.
WGVU aired a weekly series on its morning show related to the dropout crisis and held a community meeting, Helping Our Kids Graduate, to generate input from the community — students, parents, educators and neighbors — about how to increase the graduation rate in Grand Rapids. WGVU is currently offering broadcast classes within six middle schools that encourage and train students to create messages about their struggles.

Last year, the station hosted "Parents & Their 8th Graders Speak Out about their Challenges and Champions," a roundtable dinner conversation about college and careers. More than 120 parents, their eighth grade children and school principals and administrators from six inner city middle schools gathered for a meal and round table conversations about the challenges they face and the champions in their lives. The goal is to encourage parents and their children to talk with one another about college and careers. Students and parents had the opportunity to speak freely and candidly in front of a video camera about their concerns, questions, hopes and dreams.

Key partners included the Michigan Gear Up Program- GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, Kent Intermediate School District and Kent School Services Network, Heart of West Michigan United Way, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Kids Food Basket, Literacy Center of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Detroit Community Partners
  • ACCESS  
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • America’s Promise Alliance
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Arise Detroit
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Detriot
  • Black Family Development
  • Boystown
  • Business Leaders for Michigan
  • City Year
  • Clintondale High School
  • Clonlara
  • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
  • Detroit Federation of Teachers
  • Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
  • Detroit Mathematics and Science Centers
  • Detroit Parent Network
  • Detroit Parent Resource Centers
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority
  • Eastern Michigan University School of Education
  • Excellent Schools Detroit
  • General Motors Foundation
  • Genesee Area Math/Science Center
  • Goodwill Industries
  • INCH:  Informational Network for Christian Homes
  • Inside Out Regional
  • Interfaith Leadership Council
  • Intern in Michigan
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center
  • Keystone Schools
  • Knight Foundation’s BME (Black Male Engagement)
  • Livingston/Washtenaw Mathematics and Science Center
  • Macomb County Mathematics, Science and Technology Center
  • Macomb Schools
  • Math Corps
    • Matrix Human Services
  • Michigan Career and Technical Institute
  • Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
  • Michigan Charter School Association
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan Community College Association
  • Michigan Department of Career Development
  • Michigan Department of Education Dropout Challenge Team
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Michigan Education
  • Michigan Future    
  • Michigan Libraries      
  • Michigan PTA    
  • Michigan Virtual High School    
  • Michigan Virtual University    
  • Michigan’s Children    
  • NAACP    
  • Oakland Schools    
  • Oakland Schools Science, Mathematics and Technology Center    
  • Oakland Schools Technical Campuses    
  • Oakland University    
  • Parents for Public Schools
  • PBS NewsHour        
  • President Council of State Universities      
  • Southwest Solutions    
  • Starfish Family Services
  • TARDEC   
  • The Center for Michigan    
  • College Promise/Detroit Compact    
  • The Guidance Center    
  • The Skillman Foundation    
  • The W-A-Y Program    
  • The Youth Connection
  • U.S. Army Boost Up Campaign    
  • UAW Region 1A
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • University of Michigan School of Education    
  • Washtenaw Schools    
  • Wayne County Mathematics and Science Center
  • Wayne RESA
  • Wayne State University School of Education    
  • Winning Futures    
  • WRCJ 90.9fm
  • YMCA
  • Youthville Detroit
  • YWCA

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