PBS NewsHour American Graduate Project

PBS NewsHour American Graduate Project The PBS NewsHour is a part of the "public media initiative to investigate the dropout issue, highlight solutions and raise graduation rates."

Beginning in 2011, thanks to funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in partnership with the American Graduate initiative, the PBS NewsHour has its own American Graduate team of reporters who travel the nation in search of the biggest stories in education news. Our purpose is to help spark community conversations about and find solutions to the high school dropout crisis in the United States. Our coverage of this issue is built on the solid, reliable reporting that has made the PBS NewsHour one of the most trusted news programs in television.

04/23/2015
Student Reporting Labs

Congratulations to Student Reporting Labs' inaugural class of fellows!

PBS NewsHour names 18 fellows for inaugural Student Reporting Labs Academy.

April Brown, on her experience reporting on educational technology in Amish country.
03/20/2015
Why it's hard to unplug, even in Amish country

April Brown, on her experience reporting on educational technology in Amish country.

We came to report on the ways Amish students use technology in the classroom. But to varying degrees, technology is also seeping into the daily lives of many Amish families, too.

The $13-billion educational technology industry has found an unlikely battleground: majority-Amish schools.
03/16/2015
Tech giants battle for classrooms in Amish country

The $13-billion educational technology industry has found an unlikely battleground: majority-Amish schools.

Tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are competing to get their products into classrooms around the U.S. Even in Amish country, where families live simply without technology like television or phones, some Amish children are learning to use these high-tech devices as part of the curriculu…

Over sixty million girls around the world do not attend school.
03/10/2015
New initiative aims to break barriers to educating girls

Over sixty million girls around the world do not attend school.

A new U.S. government effort in partnership with the Peace Corps is aimed at educating the 62 million girls around the world who do not attend school. The initiative, called the Let Girls Learn program, will train volunteers to support locals in becoming champions for girls’ education. Peace Corps D…

Why read aloud to kids? Join PBS NewsHour in a Facebook chat on Wednesday at 11 am EST to discuss!
03/02/2015
Facebook Chat: Why read aloud?

Why read aloud to kids? Join PBS NewsHour in a Facebook chat on Wednesday at 11 am EST to discuss!

What are the benefits of reading aloud? What is the impact on children’s educational outcomes beyond literacy? Join us for a Facebook chat on World Read Aloud Day, Wednesday, March 4.

01/27/2015
PBS NewsHour

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Know a budding journalist? PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff is answering questions from journalism students now until 3 p.m. EST. Share your questions for Judy in the comments below!

A unique high school links learning to real-world health careers.
01/21/2015
Connecting the classroom to promising health careers

A unique high school links learning to real-world health careers.

Students at Oakland’s Life Academy are getting a head start on health science careers by integrating academics with career-based training and a workplace environment.

An effort is underway to create more teachers in the Native Alaskan community.
12/19/2014
Encouraging rural Alaska’s students to become teachers | PBS NewsHour

An effort is underway to create more teachers in the Native Alaskan community.

In Alaska, roughly three out of four teachers are from out of state, and more likely to stay for a shorter period of time than those who were born and raised there. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports from the town of Dillingham, where educators are trying to encourage local and Alaska Native student…

"When they finally connect, it’s like they have won a gold medal."
10/29/2014
Empowering students with disabilities to find exercise they love

"When they finally connect, it’s like they have won a gold medal."

Physical education is required in most American high schools, but for teenagers with physical and developmental disabilities, there can be greater restrictions on how they can get active. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on how schools in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are adapting activities like ka…

3,100 UNC students took fake classes over nearly 20 years of academic fraud.
10/24/2014
Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes?

3,100 UNC students took fake classes over nearly 20 years of academic fraud.

For more than 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took credit courses that never met as a class with a professor; a disproportionate number of the students in those classes were athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein a…

Follow one student's journey from homeless high school valedictorian to Georgetown.
10/21/2014
One student's path from homeless shelter to halls of Georgetown

Follow one student's journey from homeless high school valedictorian to Georgetown.

More than 1.2 million homeless students were enrolled in public schools last year. On top of homework, they face challenges like getting enough to eat and finding shelter that meets basic living standards. The NewsHour’s April Brown introduces one student who tackled all of that to become high schoo…

Tomorrow, #AmGrad Day will bring together teachers and families to talk about the educational issues that matter. Make s...
09/26/2014

Tomorrow, #AmGrad Day will bring together teachers and families to talk about the educational issues that matter. Make sure you tune in!

Do you want to help students stay on track to graduation? Take the American Graduate social media pledge here!
09/22/2014
American Graduate Day 2014

Do you want to help students stay on track to graduation? Take the American Graduate social media pledge here!

I just supported American Graduate Day 2014 on @ThunderclapIt // @amerigrad

09/22/2014
American Graduate Day 2014 - Promo

American Graduate Day will return on Sept. 27. Check out what comes next here!

American Graduate Day returns for its third year on September 27, 2014 (check local listings). This live national, multi-platform broadcast event focuses on ...

"They never get that feeling of, 'Oh, I’m so sick of being at school,' because they get so many breaks that they’re alwa...
09/08/2014
'Always ready to go back': Could students benefit from year-round school? | PBS NewsHour

"They never get that feeling of, 'Oh, I’m so sick of being at school,' because they get so many breaks that they’re always refreshed and ready to go back to school."

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/always-ready-go-back-students-may-benefit-year-round-schooling/

At one school in West Virginia, administrators, teachers and parents swear by a year-round calendar that has the same number of teaching days as any other school, but spread throughout the year. Special Correspondent Alison Stewart explores how changing the school calendar can affect student achieve…

A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to suspend the use of Common Core tests in pub...
08/21/2014
Judge rules Louisiana schools will use Common Core tests as public support for standards wanes |...

A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to suspend the use of Common Core tests in public schools next spring.

The hotly debated state standards aim to assess what and how much students have learned, and at the same time, help evaluate teachers on their ability to educate.

Details via the PBS NewsHour:

A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to suspend the state’s contract to use Common Core-aligned tests in public schools next spring. Continue reading →

Malala Yousafzai answers questions from Student Reporting Labs youth journalists and Hari Sreenivasan via the PBS NewsHo...
08/20/2014

Malala Yousafzai answers questions from Student Reporting Labs youth journalists and Hari Sreenivasan via the PBS NewsHour.

Details coming soon:

08/20/2014

Two Twitter events to tune into TONIGHT:

Education Week at 8:00 EDT - How can new teachers find help from experienced colleagues, administrators and schools? #ewedchat

PBS KIDS at 9:00 EDT - Back-to-School #PBSKIDSLearn

The Associated Press reports nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new norm for public education i...
08/20/2014
News from The Associated Press

The Associated Press reports nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new norm for public education in New Orleans.

Education correspondent John Merrow and Sarah Carr, author of "Hope Against Hope," joined Jeffrey Brown to discuss the transition and its national implications on the PBS NewsHour - http://to.pbs.org/Szu0Dh

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.

Wondering what students have to say about the conflict in #Ferguson?Check out 'Student Voices' via the PBS NewsHour Extr...
08/19/2014
The importance of staying peaceful in Ferguson | PBS NewsHour Extra

Wondering what students have to say about the conflict in #Ferguson?

Check out 'Student Voices' via the PBS NewsHour Extra:

It started with the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Saturday, Aug. 9.

Shake your groove thang!Students play in class to keep both minds and bodies engaged.Learn more via the PBS NewsHour:
08/19/2014
Schools reprioritize playtime to boost concentration

Shake your groove thang!

Students play in class to keep both minds and bodies engaged.

Learn more via the PBS NewsHour:

Tight budgets and testing can lead schools to cut time for physical education, but taking away exercise may be counterproductive. Nonprofit Playworks helps schools reincorporate play.

Would greater independence for teachers result in higher student performance?John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports vi...
08/19/2014
Would greater teacher independence help student performance?

Would greater independence for teachers result in higher student performance?

John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports via the PBS NewsHour:

In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led sc…

TONIGHT on the PBS NewsHour:Learning Matters looks at teacher-led schools and how they work.Watch it LIVE at 6:00 pm EDT...
08/18/2014
PBS NewsHour Stream

TONIGHT on the PBS NewsHour:

Learning Matters looks at teacher-led schools and how they work.

Watch it LIVE at 6:00 pm EDT.

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Want in-depth #education news coverage?Look no further than the PBS NewsHour American Graduate project, made possible by...
08/15/2014
American Graduate | Tag | PBS NewsHour

Want in-depth #education news coverage?

Look no further than the PBS NewsHour American Graduate project, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

At first glance, it might seem like the students who attend the private K-12 New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, are simply playing video and computer games all day. But these students are actually taking part in a new experiment in educational innovation. The NewsHour’s April Brown report…

Ready for the nation's next generation of journalists?Meet the talented youth from the PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting ...
08/15/2014
Journalists and leaders mentor PBS NewsHour’s student reporters | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Ready for the nation's next generation of journalists?

Meet the talented youth from the PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs, who owned the streets of D.C. last weekend and interviewed Colonel Steve Parker, head of Joining Forces, on their first ever trip to The White House:

This week, 11 middle and high-school students traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in four days of workshops, visit the White House and interview Col. Steve Parker of the U.S. Army, who leads Joining Forces, an initiative that provides assistance … Continue reading →

The California State Assembly is set to review legislation that would require schools receiving public funding to adopt ...
08/14/2014
California considering universal consent standards to combat sexual assault | The Rundown | PBS...

The California State Assembly is set to review legislation that would require schools receiving public funding to adopt an “affirmative consent standard,” clearly defining when sex is consensual and when it is not.

The California State Assembly is set to review legislation that would require schools receiving public funding to adopt an “affirmative consent standard,” clearly defining when sex is consensual and when it is not. Continue reading →

The San Francisco Garden Project helps ex-inmates and at-risk youth turn over a new leaf by providing job training and c...
08/14/2014
Cultivating the land to turn over a new leaf | PBS NewsHour

The San Francisco Garden Project helps ex-inmates and at-risk youth turn over a new leaf by providing job training and counseling:

Cathrine Sneed ran away to California at age 17, pregnant and determined to become a lawyer. It was a profession she had wanted since age 9. Even at that young age, she knew that black men had more issues than most, including getting tangled up in the justice system. Continue reading →

Considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics, Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematics professor at Stanford University in Califo...
08/14/2014
Stanford professor first woman to receive ‘Nobel Prize’ for math | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics, Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematics professor at Stanford University in California, becomes the first woman to receive the Fields Medal.

Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematics professor at Stanford University in California, is the first woman to receive the Fields Medal -- considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics -- since the award was established in 1936. Continue reading →

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