American Graduate

NPT Reports: STEM Growing in Tennessee Classrooms

Posted by on February 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Once a month, students at Mitchell-Neilson Elementary School spend the afternoon working with circuit boards, connectors, computers and all sorts of technology. They are members of a popular club at this Murfreesboro, Tennessee, school: the STEM Club, as in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students work in teams—some using gadgets to remotely program laptop […]

NPT Reports: Teaching Tough Topics

Posted by on December 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

When it comes to teaching difficult or sensitive topics, teachers can use a variety of strategies as long as they follow the mandated curriculum. That curriculum and textbooks are determined far outside the classroom. In Tennessee, curriculum is set by the Standards Recommendation Committee of the Tennessee State Board of Education. A meeting in November […]

‘NPT Reports: Choice or Chance?’ Premieres Thursday, Oct. 29

Posted by on October 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm

The ability of parents to send their children to schools of their choice is at the heart of modern-day school reform efforts. But increasingly, public school choice has become a divisive concept, splitting communities among those who want students to attend any school that fits their needs and interests, and those who want a return […]

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 […]