Mississippi Public Broadcasting (Jackson, MS)
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) worked with local community partners to draw attention to the crisis through Stop the Drop: A Dropout Prevention Summit, a public summit that garnered local attention from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. A second Stop the Drop Summit convened more than 150 public officials, educators, parents, and students.
MPB employed media to draw attention to the dropout crisis through their original production called "Can I Kick It?" which featured the testimonies of prominent Mississippians to inspire at-risk youth. The station forged relationships in the Jackson metro area where graduation rates are low, held numerous town hall conversations at area high schools, and worked with students to produce videos on dropout prevention for the American Graduate Student Film Festival. (Left: Local community member Antonio Wright talks about achieving his education and dealing with a disability in MPB’s Can I Kick It? video series.)
Some of MPB’s key local partners include the United Way, Operation Shoestring, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Young People’s Project, The Children’s Defense Fund Southern Regional Office (SRO), Tougaloo College Owens Health and Wellness Center and Parents for Public Schools.
Mississippi 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.