Thanks for tuning into American Graduate Day 2015
Soledad O’Brien hosts American Graduate Day 2015 live on public media this Saturday, October 3
American Graduate Day will return on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT (check local listings) live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. American Graduate Day is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast that leverages the power and reach of public media to focus on those organizations and individual Champions keeping kids on the path to graduation. American Graduate Day centers around the critical themes of: Career Readiness and College Completion, Caring Consistent Adults, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, Early Education, More and Better Learning, Special Needs, and STEAM. Journalists, thought leaders, and celebrities join together to raise awareness of the incredible work being done across the country to keep kids in school. The broadcast and online event features a mix of national and local segments from across the country that showcase how community organizations and individual Champions provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.
Inspired to get involved? Take one of Seven Simple Steps to help keep kids on the path to graduation. You can become American Graduate Champion by taking a simple step to support students, ranging from becoming a mentor to donating school supplies. Learn more.
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Throughout the day, viewers are invited to engage with their local public television stations and the featured community organizations. Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #AmGrad.
American Graduate Day Launch Event: The Atlantic Exchange
As a part of the American Graduate Day launch, the Atlantic Exchange hosted an event at its headquarters at the Watergate Complex in Washington, DC, where The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons interviewed Jim Shelton, Chief Impact Officer of 2U and Former Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education about education, the high school dropout crisis, and the solutions that are working to keep our nation’s children on track to graduation.
Pat Harrison, CPB President and CEO, made opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of mentors and caring consistent adults in the lives of students, and speaking of public media’s commitment to young people.
More than 100 leaders in education, the nonprofit sector, and government attended the event, including representatives and staff from CPB, PBS, Nine Network, and WNET. In addition, three of this year’s featured American Graduate Champions from across the country attended the event, along with their public media station representatives: Lucretia Taylor-McDonald (KLCS), Jeri Robinson (WGBH) and Jenny Lee (WPSU). A highly engaged digital audience tuned in to the series via Atlantic LIVE’s live stream, and joined the conversation on social media by tweeting #ATLX #AmGrad. When posted, an archive of the discussion will be available on their website.