WUNC met with policy makers, researchers, advocates and small groups of educators and administrators that resulted in a more comprehensive understanding of complicated education reform efforts. The station's American Graduate events and partnerships assisted the news team in determining important news event coverage, gave feature stories more context and helped build an effective and diverse pool of interview subjects for local content.
WUNC partnered with Durham Nativity Middle School to hold weekly meetings of its Youth Radio Club where students learned media production skills and interviewing techniques and produced on-air stories. (Left: Students interviewed community members as part of WUNC's Youth Radio Club.)
WUNC also collaborated with UNC-TV on a community town hall titled “American Graduate: Keeping Kids in School” that allowed audience members a chance to discuss issues such as mentoring, race relations in school and student success stories with the diverse guest panelists.
WUNC partnered with local storytelling group, The Monti, to create a special series of stories about critical moments in school. These stories were broadcast during All Things Considered. WUNC also worked with The Monti on a live storytelling event titled “The Monti Junior: Classroom Confidential” that featured several local students telling personal stories, live, without notes.
UNC-TV deployed a dropout survey at several local events, including Kickoff to Kindergarten, Fiesta Del Pueblo to gain information about the community's awareness of the dropout crisis, its needs, and available resources.
The network then produced several programs exploring innovative initiatives across the state designed to help students stay in school. As part of their local weekly series “Black Issues Forum,” UNC-TV hosted a panel discussion before a live audience at the launch of an innovative project called Bridge to Success at Union Independent School in Durham that was designed to intervene in the lives of minority males and provide research on constructive ways to help them succeed in school and beyond
UNC-TV's North Carolina Now program participated in American Graduate Day 2013 with a look at some of the challenges faced - and solutions created - by teachers in the state's classrooms. WATCH HERE
Partners in the initiative include the state North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Communities in Schools, and WUNC.
WTVI (Charlotte, NC)
WTVI, in partnership with Communities in Schools, aired the Community Education Summit to inform and engage educators, volunteers, and the community at large about the importance of ensuring that all students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduate from high school.
WTVI devoted a 60-minute episode of its local, weekly business series “Carolina Business Review” to discussing the dropout crisis and featuring North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue. They also created promos to highlight the efforts of the local YMCA programs designed to provide students with real life job experiences. The station used the broadcast of 180 DAYS to hold screening events at area high schools, prompting community conversations on the dropout crisis. WTVI’s weekly roundtable show, “Off The Record” (left) also dedicated air time to local American Graduate efforts.
Through its work, the station has enhanced relationships with community partner organizations that are also focused on the dropout crisis, including Project L.I.F.T., United Way of the Carolinas, Microsoft Corporation, Communities in Schools, Parent University, Walter G. Byers Elementary Title One School, Stratford Richardson YMCA, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
The station also produced multiple local content segments as part of American Graduate Day. WATCH THEM ON DEMAND
WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
WFDD-FM held a series of working lunches with educators, representatives from the United Way and dropout prevention coordinators to gain insight and expertise on the dropout issue and prevention efforts underway in the community. In partnership with the Winston-Salem State University, WFDD held a community conversation titled, “The High School Drop-out Rate: What Does It Mean?" that featured a panel and audience discussion to draw attention to the high school dropout rate in North Carolina.
WFDD's partners include the United Way of Forsyth County, the United Way of Guilford County and Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Guildford Education Alliance and the North Carolina Association of Educators.
WFSS (Fayetteville, NC)
WFSS held a Dropout Prevention Forum with community leaders to identify possible causes of the dropout crisis in the Fayetteville area. WFSS also participated in an event with Cumberland County Schools and more than 650 parents and students to launch an effort to recover students who dropped out in the previous school year and encourage them to finish their education.
WFSS also created Stay In School Billboards and dropout prevention PSAs.
WFSS’s community partners include Cumberland County Schools, Find-A-Friend, Center for Community Criminal Justice & Service Learning, Great Oak Youth Development Centers, Inc., Fayetteville Technical Community College--GED Program, and the Cumberland County Chapter of the NAACP.
North Carolina 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.