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American Graduate - Crossing the Stage

From: WUNC
Series: American Graduate
Length: 51:26

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Hosted by Dick Gordon, this program talks about what’s happening with the drop-out rate in the country. More kids are staying in school but those numbers might be misleading. We’ll hear about some of the new thinking – ways to make school more appealing or more meaningful so students want to stay in high school, and we’ll get a sobering take on the GED, long thought to be a reasonable alternative to a high school diploma.

Cross-stage-logo_small Hosted by Dick Gordon this program talks about what's happening with the drop-out rate in the country. 

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. Department of Education has reported a steady decline in the numbers of students who drop out of school before graduating. It says the rate dropped from 12 percent in 1990 to 7 percent in 2011.

But a stark figure remains: On average, about one million students leave every year before graduation.

In this special program, American Graduate: Crossing the Stage, host Dick Gordon looks at ways – some innovative and some traditional – that educators are trying to keep students in school and help them succeed in the careers they choose.

Featured in the program: Russ Rumberger, director of the California Research Project, who is looking at some alternative paths students can follow to take to college; Emily Hanford, a radio producer who looked at the history of the GED test, and found how it is changing; and Julia Pointer Putnam, the principal of the Grace and James Lee Boggs School in Detroit, which focuses on community involvement and students’ creative thinking.

Also featured are three students who broke against the current: Dashawn Richardson from Durham, N.C., credits an English teacher for mentoring him; Shi Leach from Greensboro, N.C., got help from the program in his state and is now a college freshman; and Bailey Karpa from Vancouver, Wa., who found out she was pregnant at age 16, and got help from a program called GRADS that gives day care and parenting lessons to teen parents.


It's part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. 

Piece Description

Hosted by Dick Gordon this program talks about what's happening with the drop-out rate in the country. 

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. Department of Education has reported a steady decline in the numbers of students who drop out of school before graduating. It says the rate dropped from 12 percent in 1990 to 7 percent in 2011.

But a stark figure remains: On average, about one million students leave every year before graduation.

In this special program, American Graduate: Crossing the Stage, host Dick Gordon looks at ways – some innovative and some traditional – that educators are trying to keep students in school and help them succeed in the careers they choose.

Featured in the program: Russ Rumberger, director of the California Research Project, who is looking at some alternative paths students can follow to take to college; Emily Hanford, a radio producer who looked at the history of the GED test, and found how it is changing; and Julia Pointer Putnam, the principal of the Grace and James Lee Boggs School in Detroit, which focuses on community involvement and students’ creative thinking.

Also featured are three students who broke against the current: Dashawn Richardson from Durham, N.C., credits an English teacher for mentoring him; Shi Leach from Greensboro, N.C., got help from the program in his state and is now a college freshman; and Bailey Karpa from Vancouver, Wa., who found out she was pregnant at age 16, and got help from a program called GRADS that gives day care and parenting lessons to teen parents.


It's part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. 

Transcript

This presentation/special is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.”
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American Graduate Special: Crossing The Stage

SEGMENT A:
This special program is part of the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen.
DASHAUN FEELINGS 1:
Oh man um like I didn’t want to believe when people was like you know there’s no other feeling, there’s no great er feeling than actually walking across that stage, because you are the center of attention, everyone in that building came to see you walk across that stage..So I was like uh ok, I want to know that feeling, I want to know what that feeling is like
Debbie: How did you feel when you shook Ms Bonner’s hand, then the superintendent’s?
so when I was getting close to me walking across the stage, Shaquita went ahead in front of me, so when Shaquita walked across...
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Timing and Cues

The program is designed to run 59:00 and follow this clock:

00:00 - 01:00 - Billboard
01:00 - 06:00 - Newscast
06:00 - 06:30 - music bed
06:30 - 19:00 - Segment A
19:00 - 20:00 - music bed
20:00 - 39:00 - Segment B
39:00 - 40:00 - music bed
40:00 - 59:00 - Segment C

CUES:
Billboard:
IC: From PRX, the Public Radio Exchange…
OC: through the eyes of the kids themselves. Stay with us. (music fade)
TRT: :59

Segment A:
IC: This special program is part of the Public Media initiative ...
OC: I'm Dick Gordon. (music & SFX continues for :09)
TRT: 12:29

Segment B:
IC: This is an American Graduate special
OC: I’m Dick Gordon. (music continues for :10)
TRT: 18:59

Segment C:
IC: This is Crossing The Stage...
OC: I'm Dick Gordon (music for :04)
TRT 18:59

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Self contained

OUTRO:

Self contained

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Goby Kaki King ...until we felt red. Velour Recordings - Frontline 2006 :00
Seven Days of Falling Esbjörn Svensson Trio Seven Days of Falling. Diesel 2003 :00
Night Air Jaime Woon Night Air. Polydor 2010 :00
School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell) Chuck Berry 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Chuck Berry. Geffen 1999 :00
Mixtape Tift Merritt See You On The Moon. Fantasy 2010 :00
Got Messed Up RL Burnsides Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down. Fat Possum Records 2000 :00
A Dream Common Freedom Writers Soundtrack. Hollywood Records 2007 :00
Shut Up Apollo Cobra Motherland. Rocketsnake Records 2012 :00

Additional Credits

Dick Grodon, host
Keith Weston, Al Wordarski, Russ Henry, audio production

Related Website

http://www.prx.org/amgrad