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Meet American Graduate Champions who are making a difference

Published on February 18, 2015 By Kevin Crane

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?

Published on January 28, 2015 By Kevin Crane

    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 […]

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

Published on December 14, 2012 By Soraya

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: Students Have Their Say about School Climate with New Online Survey

Published on December 12, 2012 By Soraya

A school’s success is often measured by academic performance, test scores, and attendance rates. But what about factors like safety, drug and alcohol use, and even how students feel in the classroom? Beginning this year, students in Tennessee can have their say about school climate by taking an online survey. “The school climate project is […]

NPT Reports: Kurdish Community Tries to Bridge Cultural Gap with Schools

Published on October 15, 2012 By Soraya

For many students new to the United States, school can be the greatest adjustment. Helping to close that culture gap is why members of the Kurdish community gathered recently at the Salahadeen Center of Nashville, a Kurdish mosque and community center, for an education seminar with representatives from Metro Nashville Public Schools. “We invited them […]

NPT Reports: `Latino Achievers` Promotes High School Graduation, College

Published on May 15, 2012 By lturner

A street marketing campaign in Nashville could be a pathway to college for some Latino teens. It’s part of a fundraising drive to provide college scholarships for Latino students like Federico Gonzalez. “I’m really happy because I finished with my first year in college and I’m helping with this program right now—fundraising the scholarship,” says […]

NPT Reports: Time for TCAPS!

Published on May 2, 2012 By lturner

The hallways of John Coleman Elementary in Smyrna, Tennessee, look like a pep rally before a big game. But in this case, the banners, balloons, spirit signs, and daily pep talks were preparation for the Super Bowl of school testing in Tennessee: TCAP, Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. “They work all year long for this one […]

NPT Reports: Housing Location Linked to School Performance

Published on April 23, 2012 By lturner

Property development  has a direct link to student test scores in public schools, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. The report says areas with restrictive zoning laws about the type and cost of housing—have wider gaps in school performance. It also means gaps in educational opportunities that can impact a student’s economic […]

(NPT Reports) Teaching out of the Box: Algebra for ESL Students

Published on March 9, 2012 By lturner

Robert Drake teaches Algebra 2 to a classroom full of English Language Learners at Smyrna High School, and he knows it will take more than chalkboards and calculators. He jumps, waves and moves around the classroom while animatedly explaining math concepts.  When his students still look puzzled about a lesson on factoring, Drake turns to […]

(NPT Reports) E.L.L. Graduates Don`t Always Count in TN Graduation Rate

Published on January 30, 2012 By lturner

  Every high school diploma does not count when it comes to the graduation rate in Tennessee. Beginning last year with the Class of 2011, students are required to finish high school in 4 years by age 18 in order to count in the state graduation rate ( see “Calculating and Reporting High School Graduation […]