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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at Granby High School in Norfolk
Granby High School was one of 26 schools across the nation (and the only school in Virginia) selected to participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab project. The Labs connect high school students to local PBS stations to produce original, student-generated news video reports. Students enrolled in a Granby journalism class taught by Paula Eisen and mentored by WHRO Producer Lisa Godley spent the 2011 – 2012 school year researching and producing reports about the impacts of the dropout crisis and other related topics.

Notes From an American Graduate
On The Importance of Early Childhood Education

By Cheryl Ross
Published August 2013

Cheryl Ross

When I was in the third grade, my mom bribed me to read books with the promise of a Kennedy half-dollar for each one I conquered. I needed the prodding: I liked to play in class, wasn’t too interested in listening to teachers and, as a result, I was in one of the lowest-skilled reading groups. There’s a direct correlation between a student’s reading ability in the third grade and whether they’ll stay in school—some experts say you can look at a class of third graders and almost know which of them will drop out. I could have been one of those kids.

Wired for LifeWHRO, in collaboration with community experts, produced Wired for Life: Early Childhood Education, a 30-minute documentary that focuses attention on the importance of quality early childhood education. The film and associated outreach efforts aim to increase awareness of the issues and encourage greater advocacy and action in support of early childhood education.

The Goal: 90% High School Graduation Rate by 2020 

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is a long term public media initiative launched in 2011 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. With a current national graduation rate of 80%, the nation is well on its way to achieving the goal of 90% by 2020, but these next five years could be the biggest challenge.

Read the American Graduate Blog for stories from local youth and updated news posts. 

WHRO to Participate in First-Ever AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY on September 22, 2012

WHRO is one of the dozens of public stations across the country participating in American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012. American Graduate Day is multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist with premiere documentaries, and participation from more than 20 national partner organizations, celebrities and athletes to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Viewers will be encouraged to become an “American Graduate Champion” by offering their time, donating resources, connecting with organizations on social media or learning more about the crisis. Broadcast nationally from The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).