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:

    Credit CPB
      Project Funders:

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

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    Education
    5:40 am
    Fri August 31, 2012

    Youth Radio Institute: Akib Khan

    Akib Khan

    On Fridays we've been listening to a series produced by young people involved in WUNC's first ever Summer Youth Radio Institute. This week 15-year-old Akib Khan tells the story of his sister, who decided to start wearing the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf, when the family immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh. As our youth reporter tells us it's a decision that was met with some skepticism.

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    Education
    5:00 am
    Fri August 17, 2012

    Youth Radio Institute: Dontá McCormick

    Dontá McCormick

    It's Friday and time for the next installment from our series from the WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute. Donta McCormick was one of our youth reporters this summer. He and his brother grew up in North Durham -- in neighborhoods where most of their friends never made it out of high school. But as Donta reports -- the support of a mentor helped make sure his brother's path would be different from their friends.

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    Education
    5:46 pm
    Fri August 10, 2012

    North Carolina Educators Take Part In White House Event

    More than 150 Parent Teacher Association leaders from across the country have gathered at the White House. They're being recognized for their work, and getting the chance to hear from and question federal education officials. Debra Saunders-White, a former vice chancellor at UNC-Wilmington, is with the Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education. Speaking at today's event, she stressed the importance of Pell grants.

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    Education
    5:00 am
    Fri August 10, 2012

    Youth Radio Institute: Addie Malone

    Addie Malone

    This Summer WUNC established its first ever Youth Radio Institute. We hired five young people and two mentors  to produce reports from their communities. We'll be hearing their work over the next several Friday mornings. First up is a report from 19-year-old Addie Malone. She brought us this story from the Rogers Road neighborhood in Chapel Hill. This summer, a couple of older residents started a community center for kids in the historically black neighborhood. But they did it without adhering to local zoning or safety ordinances. So this weekend the facility is closing.

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    Education
    4:50 am
    Fri August 10, 2012

    New Single-Gender Schools Opening In Wake

    Two new single-gender academies are set to open in Wake County. The schools are designed to serve students from low-income areas.

    Dave DeWitt: More than 800 students applied to be in the first classes at the Wake Leadership Academy for Boys and a similar school for girls. Just 300 will walk through the doors when they open on Monday.

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    Education
    4:15 pm
    Fri August 3, 2012

    Guilford County Looks at Ethnic Disparities

    Guilford county schools held a two-part symposium this week examining disparities for African-American students.

    Jeff Tiberii: The event focused on disproportionate levels of discipline and below average literacy rates. Students who are black were more than three times more likely to be suspended than white students. Beth Folger is Chief academic officer for Guilford County Schools. She says several key factors led to the discrepancies.

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    Education
    6:00 am
    Wed June 20, 2012

    Private Money Considered For Greensboro Schools

    Education leaders in Guilford County are looking at how private donations would affect public schools.

    Jeff Tiberii: A group of parents at one Greensboro Elementary School wants to go beyond the average book or bake sale. They’re hoping to raise $1.5 million for a new building. School board members are considering both sides of an issue that would likely provide some schools with more private money than others. Chairman of the board Alan Duncan:

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    Education
    9:00 am
    Fri June 15, 2012

    Poetic Justice P.S.: American Graduate Part 3

    Kane Smego working with a young poet in the WUNC studios.

    Graduation ceremonies are pretty much done but we have a P.S. for you, A poetic P.S. As part of WUNC's participation in the American Graduate Project, we commissioned slam poets Kane Smego and Will McInnerney to host an after-school writing workshop at Northern High School in Durham. And they did- for ten weeks. They're here to tell the stories of two young people who grabbed onto words and held tight.

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    Education
    10:32 am
    Fri June 8, 2012

    American Graduate: Poetic Justice Part 2 - Graduation Day

    Aaron Jones

    WUNC is a part of the American Graduate Project. It's a public media initiative looking at the drop out crisis across the country. As a part of this project we commissioned slam poets Kane Smego and Will McInnerney to teach a writing workshop at Northern High School in Durham. Over the last 10 weeks, Kane and Will taught a group of students how to use poetry to tell their own stories. Today is graduation day at Northern and three of the students from our workshop will be receiving their diplomas.

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    Education
    8:05 am
    Fri June 1, 2012

    American Graduate: Poetic Justice Part 1

    Poetic Justice

    WUNC is part of the American Graduate Project. It’s a public media initiative looking at education and the drop out crisis in North Carolina. It’s a big issue, by some measurements, an estimated 1-in-4 high school students will drop out before graduation day. As a part of this project WUNC commissioned slam poets Kane Smego and Will McInnerney to host an after-school writing workshop at Northern High School in Durham. Today we begin a series of poetic reflections on their classroom experience.

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