American Graduate

American Graduate Day 2015 is Oct. 3

Posted by on September 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

American Graduate Day 2015 returns this fall for its fourth consecutive year. Soledad O’Brien will host the all-day broadcast which airs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, on Nashville Public Television. Broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, the annual multiplatform event is part […]

Teens Share Their Stories in ‘Student Voices’ Videos

Posted by on July 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

Nashville Public Television’s “Student Voices” videos are brief, but powerful because they feature high schoolers sharing their challenges and triumphs in their own words. The series of 20 short videos are being produced by NPT associate producer Shawn Anfinson as part of the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative supporting community-based solutions to the […]

Meet American Graduate Champions who are making a difference

Posted by on February 18, 2015 at 4:37 pm

An American Graduate Champion commits his or her time, skills and resources to make sure young people succeed. Meet five people who are doing just that here in the Nashville area: Carol Cubillo-Seals started a fundraising drive to provide college scholarships to Latino students who graduate high school. Dr. Ron Woodard is making an impact […]

What will our next ‘American Graduate’ documentary be about?

Posted by on January 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    What will NPT’s third documentary for the “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” project be about? That’s up to you because the topic will come from members of the local community. Jo Ann Scalf, NPT’s Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement, is currently holding community engagement discussions with parent groups, educators and […]

Elaine Fahrner Remembered as a Champion for Graduation

Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

NPT mourns the passing of Elaine Fahrner, who was an original American Graduate Champion. She was a dedicated and determined advocate for every student and saw great potential in everyone.  NPT was privileged to partner with her on the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, focusing on improving the graduation rate—a passion of Elaine’s.  […]

NPT Reports: Graduation by the Numbers

Posted by on January 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

Half-hour documentary looks at “Graduation by the Numbers;” part of national “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative. NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8)  takes an in-depth look at efforts in Nashville to keep students in school until they graduate in “NPT Reports: Graduation by the Numbers,” premiering Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 […]

NPT Reports: High School`s `College Zone` Gets Students on Track

Posted by on December 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Principal Ron Woodard is the epitome of ‘in your face’—but in a good way. He’s trying to change the culture of Maplewood High School and get college on his students’ minds, everyday. “I think it provides students with a focus,” said Woodard, Executive Principal of Maplewood High School in Metro Nashville Public Schools. “At the […]

NPT Reports on the Immigrant Side of the Dropout Crisis in `Translating the Dream`

Posted by on October 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Half-hour documentary presented as part of NPT’s ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ Initiative; airs Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tennessee – October 3, 2012 – According the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card , the graduation rate for among English Language Learners (ELL) students in the state in was 70%, compared […]

NPT Reports: Average Students Become High Achievers with the AVID Program

Posted by on September 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

Leann Norrod has big dreams. “My goals are to get into Watkins university and get my degree for photography, and then to work for National Geographic,” says Norrod. But the high school senior didn’t always see herself as college-bound, or even making it out of high school. “Before I just thought what does school matter? […]

(NPT Reports) Overton Freshmen Make Commitment to Graduate

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

At Nashville’s Overton High School, 9th grade students spent a lot of time this school year planning for graduation—four years from now. Every freshman had to write down specific steps to reach the goal of graduating with the class in 2015. They also had to name 3 people who can help support them in the […]