American Graduate Series

WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. 

These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders:

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      Project Funders:

    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • The Goodnight Educational Foundation
    • Joseph M. Bryan Foundation 
    • State Farm
    • The Grable Foundation
    • Farrington Foundation

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    The State of Things
    6:38 pm
    Tue April 1, 2014

    NC Teacher Compensation

      The North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force met yesterday. They will make recommendations for the legislature to consider in the upcoming short session. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's education reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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    Education
    7:09 am
    Tue April 1, 2014

    Report Shows Challenges For African-American, Latino Kids

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    African-American, Latino and American-Indian children in North Carolina face greater obstacles to success than their peers, according to a new policy report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    The report is based on indicators that measure a child’s success from birth to adulthood, such as birth weight, academic performance, teen pregnancy and family income level. 

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    My Teacher
    5:00 am
    Mon March 31, 2014

    'You Go Hard Now, And Then It'll Pay Off Eventually. You Really Helped Teach Me That'

    Carrboro High School senior Chris Joseph and assistant football coach/social studies teacher Christoph Stutts
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    WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

    WUNC's My Teacher series continues at Carrboro High School, where senior Chris Joseph spoke with his assistant football coach and social studies teacher Christoph Stutts.

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    Education
    1:06 pm
    Tue March 25, 2014

    450 Teachers Will Get Bonuses To Share What They Know

    Credit Carol Jackson

    Governor Pat McCrory says he plans to reward more than 400 teachers with bonuses in exchange for sharing their techniques. 

    The plan is called the Governor's Teacher Network. Teachers apply and those who are selected will serve for one year as content experts and facilitators.

    Those 450 teachers will get a bonus of $10,000 dollars each for sharing their best work with their colleagues. The money comes from a federal Race to The Top grant that is meant to improve teaching and learning in North Carolina.

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    Education
    5:53 pm
    Thu March 20, 2014

    Common Core: 'Disaster' or A Useful Tool? Speaking To Lawmakers

    About 60 people had the opportunity to share their thoughts on Common Core to lawmakers during Thursday's legislative meeting.
    Credit Reema Khrais

     

    Dozens of parents, teachers and education leaders expressed their strong opposition and support of Common Core Thursday to a group of lawmakers considering whether to repeal or revamp the new educational standards.

    The state adopted the standards in 2010, but they were implemented in public schools last school year. The standards lay out what students need to know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school.

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    Education
    2:06 pm
    Mon March 17, 2014

    'Somehow Mrs. Warner Left Her Mark'

    Angela Russell (née Hart) touches the bricks that her ancestors might have touched. Between her thumb and forefinger you can see the fingerprint left on the brick by an enslaved person.
    Brenda Scott

    WUNC has been running a series called My Teacher. As a part of the series, students around the state are interviewing their teachers.

    Brenda Scott is long out of school, but she's been listening to our stories on the radio and wrote to say:

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    Education
    9:24 pm
    Wed March 12, 2014

    One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure

    Credit Karin Vlietstra via Flickr

    At least 28 school districts across the state have voiced opposition to a new law that repeals teacher tenure and replaces it with a plan that rewards the top teachers, according the North Carolina Association of Educators.

    Cumberland County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are among the latest to reject the law, which is meant to phase out tenure for all teachers by 2018.

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    The State of Things
    12:17 pm
    Wed March 12, 2014

    Growing Dissent On Teacher Tenure Law

    Teacher
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    This week, Cumberland County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems passed measures opposing a new law that eliminates teacher tenure and replaces it with a system that rewards the top 25 percent of teachers. The law addresses the complex and challenging issues of teaching evaluation and teacher pay.

    Host Frank Stasio talks with Eric Guckian, senior education advisor to Governor McCrory, and Larry Nilles, an eighth grade social studies teacher and president of Wake North Carolina Association of Educators.

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    My Teacher
    5:00 am
    Fri March 7, 2014

    'I Met You And Everything Changed'

    Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon and Erica Walker-Joynes

    WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

    Northern High School sophomore Christina Dixon entered Erica Walker-Joynes' exceptional children's class last year because she was deemed to be at risk for dropping out when she got to high school.

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    Education
    8:35 am
    Thu March 6, 2014

    Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure

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    Governor Pat McCrory says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.

    Under the law, teacher tenure will be phased out by 2018 and replaced with a plan that requires local school districts to pick the top 25-percent of teachers who will be offered four-year contracts and bonuses.

    “I think it’s an example of passing a policy without clearly understanding the execution,” McCrory said.

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