American Graduate Day

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To help a student stay on track to graduation, it can require a cadre of concerned adults – parents, teachers, after-school providers, agency workers and community members – working to support and encourage that student’s success. Each year on American Graduate Day, WFYI Public Television broadcasts a full-day telethon of stories and programs that highlight the daily heroics of individuals and groups who help improve graduation rates in central Indiana and beyond. Also, new this year, PBS and WFYI will present Spotlight Education week, a special week of primetime programming leading up to American Graduate Day, focusing on the brightest ideas and toughest challenges facing America's education system.

The 2016 American Graduate Day will air on Saturday, September 17, 2016 on WFYI 1. Through a blend of local and national programming, the American Graduate Day telethon features a “call-to-action” marathon around critical themes, including Early Education, Caring Consistent Adults, More and Better Learning, Special Needs Communities, STEAM Programs, Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement, and College and Career Readiness. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS and WFYI, as well as other media organizations, the broadcast features live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools.

We hope you will tune-in for the 2016 American Gradaute Day on Saturday, September 17th, and that you will continue to engage with us during other WFYI American Graduate programming throuought the year. We also hope you will be inspired by local featured partners to become an American Graduate Champion for students. Share your thoughts and follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #AmGradIndy.


2016 American Graduate Day Schedule

On WFYI 1, Saturday, September 17, 2016

10:30 AM - Little Children, Big Returns

The WFYI documentary "Little Children, Big Returns" offers a stimulating look at why it makes economic sense for Indiana to invest in state-funded early childhood education.

11:00 AM - Class of '27: America Reframed

Follow preschoolers and their teachers in Owsley County, KY as they battle the cyclical poverty and rampant drug culture that ravage this lush, mountainous region of America.

12:00 PM - State of the Classroom 2015

The Indiana Department of Education in partnership with the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations are joined by a panel of experts to explore ways to strenghen the connections between teachers, volunteers, government agencies, and community services to give ALL of Indiana's children the quality education they deserve.

1:00 PM - Making Connections: Dropout Prevention in Rural Schools

Explore the unique challenges that rural districts face in regards to supporting students at ricks of dropping out of high school.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - American Graduate Day Broadcast

This four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event is dedicated to engaging our nation around the dropout crisis, with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople, and compelling stories from the students themselves. Throughout the broadcast, we hear from central Indaian organizations doing the hard work of keeping students on the path to graduation and learn inspiring stories. You will also learn how every one of us can make an impact, too.



Programs previously featured on WFYI's American Graduate Day

Outside The BoxOutside the Box
Learn how charter schools operate, and why some say charters are helping to raise the bar on what is possible in education.

International School at 20: Global Lessons in Education
Explore the impact that the International School of Indianapolis has made on shaping the global and economic landscape of Indiana.

Little children, big ReturnsLittle Children, Big Returns
Learn why local business leaders feel that it makes economic sense for Indiana to invest in state-funded early childhood education.

WFYI Community Town Hall with Judy Woodruff
A town hall style discussion with Indianapolis leaders, educators, students and parents on keeping students on the path to graduation in Indiana. Hosted by Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour.

Facing Forward: A Student’s Story
Learn about the sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education in this story that follows the perspective of a struggling 7th grader in Cleveland, Ohio.

Who Cares About Kelsey?Who Cares About Kelsey?
Kelsey has one goal – to graduate high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. Follow her transformation from disruptive “problem student” to motivated, self-confident young woman.

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