American Graduate MPTV & WUWM Partnership
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School
FREE PREVIEW & DISCUSSION
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Discovery World- Innovation Theater
500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
As part of the American Graduate initiative, MPTV previews a documentary that takes viewers on a uniquely intimate journey through a year in the lives of students, teachers and school leaders in one Washington DC public high school.
Produced by the National Black Programming Consortium, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School offers a first-hand account of life inside our nation's school reform movement. The documentary explores the challenges facing at-risk youth, their teachers and educational leaders at Metropolitan High School in Washington, DC. The stories present an intimate portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students. The five students whose stories take us from day 1 to day 180, are at once deeply impacted by and yet profoundly separate from the politics of public education. All of the stories help us examine our own assumptions about youth, education, and the changes needed in the U. S. education system.
Attendees will view a one hour preview of this thought-provoking series that will air on MPTV in two 2-hour blocks on March 25 and 26 at 8 pm on MPTV 10.1 HD.
An open discussion focused on local actions and solutions follows the preview. Educators, parents, students and everyone who cares about kids are invited to attend and give voice to their ideas, experiences and expectations.
Despite the fact that research continues to show students who graduate from high school earn more money, have higher employment rates and lower incarceration rates, as well as better health histories, than students who drop out of school, more than two-thousand MPS students between seventh and twelfth grade, drop-out of school each year. In the United States, nearly 7,000 students drop out of school every day, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Unfortunately, the United States ranks near the bottom of all indexes for education among industrialized nations.
The American Graduate initiative engages and empowers teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out through content that spotlights the many complex issues that lead a student to drop out. The initiative helps local communities identify the challenging issues and find ways to solve them, provides community events that engage a broad range of local stakeholders, and makes available classroom resources to help teachers better engage their students.
Additional information: Viewer Services 414-297-7520