APT Honors American Graduate Champions
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Posted Sept 9, 2016

APT Honors American Graduate Champions

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On Monday, Sept. 12, Alabama Public Television will honor five individuals selected as American Graduate Champions for their work in supporting high school graduation in Alabama. The event takes place at 3:30pm at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 

The honorees are:

Dr, Tommy Bice, Education Director, Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation; recently retired as Alabama State Superintendent of Education

Steve Hannum, Director of Literacy Initiatives for the Literacy Council of Central Alabama

Stan Law, President and CEO of YMCA of Greater Birmingham

Sally Mackin, Executive Director of Woodlawn Foundation

Ahmad Ward, Vice President of Exhibitions and Education at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Alabama Public Television’s executive director, Roy Clem, and executive vice president, Phil Hutcheson, will present awards at the ceremony and introduce video stories about the five winners and their work.

“An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed,” says Clem. “He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. These five individuals have done outstanding work for children in Alabama.”

Monday, Sept. 12 is also the beginning of a week-long schedule of PBS programs focusing on the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system.  Spotlight Education Week   includes special episodes of NOVAFrontline and PBS NewsHour, a new film from POV called “All the Difference,” the TED TALKS television special “The Education Revolution,” a new episode of Craft in America and more. The week concludes on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:00pm with the 5th annual “American Graduate Day,” a four-hour live event celebrating individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation.

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 including Alabama Public Television have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.

In collaboration with our American Graduate community partners, Alabama Public Television's IQ Learning Network highlights, creates, supports, and sustains community-based initiatives that promote high school graduation in our state. The needs of our local communities continue to drive our American Graduate efforts, such as the "Prescription for Summer Reading" program and the GED Resource web page.

Convening American Graduate community partners also connects organizations and ideas for a broader reach and increased impact. American Graduate partners have co-sponsored contests highlighting student voices such as the "How We Achieve Excellence in Our Schools"  video contest and the  "MLK Unity Breakfast"  essay contest. 

Other American Graduate Alabama initiatives include APT’s national award-winning live interactive field trips featuring student reporters and the PBS Learning Media “Digital Innovators” initiative to recognize great teachers and share their successes.



9:00 POV: All the Difference
10:30 Dropping Back In: Second Chances

8:00 Frontline: Subprime Education
9:00 TED Talks: Educational Revolution
10:00 Dropping Back In: More Than a Statistic
10:30 Dropping Back In: Complicated Lives

8:00 NOVA: School of the Future
10:00 Dropping Back In: Working for the Future
10:30 Dropping Back In: Building a Better Life

8:00 Craft in America: Teachers
9:00 Time for School
10:00 America Reframed: Class of ‘27

1:00 American Graduate Day

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