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Produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School chronicles the lives of teachers, students, administrators and parents struggling to keep their students on track to graduation at DC Met, a public school in Washington, D.C, where only seven percent of students are deemed “proficient” in math and only 19 percent in reading. The inner-city school embodies the complex challenges of adapting to the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” school reform initiative, in which school funding and personnel decisions are based in large part on the results of high-stakes standardized tests.

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180 Days: Part One

Watch 180 Days : A Year Inside an American High School Episode 1 on PBS. See more from 180 Days.

180 Days: Part Two

Watch 180 Days : A Year Inside an American High School Episode 2 on PBS. See more from 180 Days.

American Graduate Student Film Festival


The American Graduate Film Festival (AGFF), an online film competition that focuses on the challenges and opportunities in achieving a high school diploma, kicked off on March 18 and ran through March 25.  The winners were announced just before the PBS premiere of 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School. Congratulations to WHUT’s Anacostia Digital Media Club for producing, “Be the Change,” the winning video in the first American Graduate Student Film Festival.

Second place goes to Can We Kick It crew’s “Invisible Bully,” followed in a close third by “Got Education,” both produced under the auspices of Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Several of the films entered into the competition were created at American Graduate Flash Festivals, in which students are trained and mentored over the course of a weekend by local public media producers and AGFF staff in an intensive, hands-on production cycle that sharpens their storytelling and media production skills.

Flash Festivals were held in New Orleans, LA and Columbia (SC), and will take place in Jackson, MS), Philadelphia. PA and White Eagle Reservation, OK. Youth media organizations around the country also have been invited to contribute content to the online competition.


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