American Graduate

WVXU has been a proud partner with CET on the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, working to address the impact and solutions to our local drop-out problem. The effort concludes with a special on Thursday, February 28 on CET that features some of the local programs and business leaders working on this issue. One of those leaders is Kathryn Merchant, president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and she’s with Mark Perzel to discuss the educational challenges we face and how the GCF is working collaboratively to address them.

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, is a cooperative project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and CET, and WVXU has partnered with them to help bring additional light to the high school drop-out problem. This month, Mark Perzel interviews Dr. Anthony Smith, assistant superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, who discusses the challenges of assessing the actual drop-out rates and some of the innovative approaches CPS is taking to better serve the needs of the students in order to keep them successfully enrolled through graduation.

Success by 6

Nov 16, 2012

As part of WVXU’s continuing support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate effort to find solutions to our nation’s high school dropout problem, Mark Perzel welcomes Stephanie Byrd, executive director of Cincinnati’s Success by 6 initiatives, striving to get toddlers and young children prepared for school through early education efforts.

As part of WVXU’s continuing American Graduate project, working to find answers to the drop out epidemic in America’s high schools, Mark Perzel talks with Jennifer Bellin who, in a volunteer effort, directs the Oyler School’s Steps for Success program that focuses on providing mentors, unique experiences and skills to aid economically disadvantaged high school seniors into making a successful transition into postsecondary s

As part of WVXU’s continuing support of the American Graduate initiative, Mark Perzel welcomes Dr. Mary Ronan, superintendent of the Cincinnati Public Schools. As a precursor to today’s American Graduate broadcast on CET and PBS, Dr.

Literacy Center West

Aug 18, 2012

As part of WVXU’s commitment to the American Graduate: Make it Happen program, an effort to find solutions to America’s drop-out problem, Mark Perzel welcomes Chellie McLellan from Literacy Center West, a Price Hill program working with students aged 17-21 on either GED preparation or job-readiness training.

According to a study conducted last year, children who don’t read well by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than children who are proficient readers by third grade.

From PBS Newshour:

Seven thousand students dropout of school every day in the U.S.

And some researchers have dubbed middle school as the essential "make-or-break" years in determining a child's success.

From PBS Newshour:

Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class.

From PBS NewsHour:Trying to entice wayward students back to class in Las Vegas, Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson led teams into communities to knock on doors in search of dropouts. Ray Suarez reports on an offbeat approach starting to show some signs of success in a city that ranks near the bottom in the nation for graduation rates.