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Public Media's Invovlement

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 80 public radio and television stations have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.



Our Partners

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS will reach, through collaboration with their partners, over 7,000 at-risk students, ages 2 to 8, their families and educators, to support early learning in math and literacy. WCTE’s local early learning outreach preparing children to be ready for school & life.

Our Goal

  • National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crisis. 
  • Public forums, town halls, and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators, , and more.
  • Free, digital classroom resources such as PBS Kids and PBS Learning Media, are providing youth across the pre-k to postsecondary education/career spectrum with access to high-quality learning materials that engages them in classrooms and schools across America.
  • Educational programs
  • Convening diverse stakeholders in forums and providing access to free, digital classroom resources for teachers and parents.

Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.

recent study conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education finds that the American Graduate initiative has succeeded in building community capacity to meet the national priority of ending America’s high school dropout crisis.

About PBS - PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations -- noncommercial, educational licensees that operate 354 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Of the 162 licensees, 85 are community organizations, 52 are colleges/universities, 20 are state authorities and five are local educational or municipal authorities.

About CPB  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

About WCTE - WCTE provides families and communities with the resources, tools, and support to break cycles of generational poverty and chronic school underchievement, to narrow the achievement gap, and teach parents how to be their child's first teacher.

About PBS KIDS - In 2013, PBS KIDS series received eight Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as a combined 13 Parents' Choice Awards across television, mobile app and small screen categories. PBS KIDS also received six Kidscreen Awards, including being named Best Channel Website, and was also honored with a Webby Award and a Webby People's Voice Award for Best Youth Website.

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