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WHRO (Norfolk, VA)  -  Visit the WHRO American Graduate Website

WHRO hosted Tech Trek: American Graduate, a weeklong technology training camp for educators to utilize technology to better engage their students. Building on the lessons learned during the Tech Trek training, WHRO implemented the “Our Voices” digital storytelling curriculum during two summer enrichment camps.

WHRO partnered with Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Education Foundation to co-host an A+ Community Partners Matching Fair. With the headline that an investment in the education of Norfolk’s children is an investment in the community’s future, this was an open house format for business leaders, community organizations, and individuals interested in helping schools by meeting and talking to school representatives, learning about parent and volunteer needs, and connect in the community.

WHRO brought together Norfolk Public School officials and local faith leaders to discuss the critical need for more mentors for at-risk students. Building off of this discussion, WHRO has continued to cultivate this relationship with the faith-based community and is building an online tool to match students with mentors.

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The station produced the documentary, “Challenging Circumstances: The Dropout Epidemic,” which looks at challenges facing young people and explores why some students in Hampton Roads feel that dropping out of high school is their only option.
The station also captured video for other American Graduate productions, including an anti-bullying forum for educators, and an interview with the Norfolk Public Schools superintendent. The also held a Teacher Town Hall to discuss major issues affecting graduation rates in our community. Teachers shared their perspectives and ideas to generate understanding and engage the broader community in conversation and action to help keep all students on the path to graduation.

Through their affiliation with the local school system partner's Parent & Community Engagement Action Team, WHRO launched a school attendance campaign and published a Norfolk Public Schools Community Action Plan to address the dropout crisis.
WHRO brought together Norfolk Public School officials and local faith leaders to discuss the critical need for more mentors for at-risk students.  Building off of this discussion, WHRO has continued to cultivate this relationship with the faith-based community and is building an online tool to match students with mentors.

WHRO worked with partner Alternative, Inc to hold a youth-led “GradNation” summit. The event brought together teens, educators, parents, business leaders, and youth serving organizations to create lasting solutions to the dropout problem. The free event featured workshops, speakers, and opportunities to get involved. WHRO hosted a workshop about dropout issues Clips from “Challenging Circumstances” were shown during the opening session.

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Virginia Teacher Voices:

Virginia 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.

Virginia  Community Partners:

WHRO partners include  Alternatives, Inc., AMIKids in Norfolk, Children of the Sun Athletic Education Foundation, Digital Connectors Program, Norfolk State University Spartan Crusade for Academic Success, Horizons Hampton Roads, Virginia Mentoring Program, The Up Center, Life Enrichment Center, Communities in Schools Hampton Roads, Thomas Nelson Community College, Park Place Elementary School, Opportunity, Inc, Kids Priority One, YMCA InterActive Mobile Learning Center, Virigian Association of Ship Repair Association, Teens with a Purpose, The Planning Council, Newport News Shipbuilding, Granby High School, ForKids, Inc, Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement, Old Dominion University Center for Educaitonal Partnerships, ModSim, Broad Creek Digital Inclusion Advisory Board, CHROME, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Norfolk Educaiton Foundation, Youth Partnership of South Hampton Roads, Norfolk Public Schools, United Way of Hampton Roads and Lafayette-Winona & Norview Middle Schools & Washington High School (Broad Creek Area)

 

 

 

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