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Back to Basics - An American Graduate Special

From: Al Letson
Series: State of the Re:Union Spring 2013 Season
Length: 53:53

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In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in this country. With reporting from both urban and rural schools, and interviews with education experts, SOTRU goes “ back to basics”, looking at strategies that get to the heart of what makes students want to learn.

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State of the Re:Union
Back to Basics - An American Graduate Special 

In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in this country.  With reporting from both urban and rural schools, and interviews with education experts, SOTRU goes “ back to basics”, looking at strategies that get to the heart of what makes students want to learn. 

Billboard (:59)
Incue: You're listening to State of the Re:Union
Outcue: But first, this news.

News Hole: 1:00-6:00

SEGMENT A (12:29)
Incue: I'm Al Letson
Outcue: That's ahead on State of the Re:Union

A-1.  Episode Intro
Host Al Letson reflects on his own challenges at school and the teacher who kept him from “falling through the cracks.”

A-2.  Roxy’s Story
Can dropping out ever be the right choice?  Writer and musician Roxy Haji performs her story of cycling through 16 schools before she turned 16 before deciding to drop out and pursue an education on her own terms.  

SEGMENT B (18:59)
Incue: I'm Al Letson
Outcue: P-R-X-DOT-O-R-G

B-1.  Interview with Russell Rumberger
Host Al Letson interviews Professor Russell Rumberger, who has researched the drop-out rate in America, and the consequences for kids who quit school, for over 30 years.  Rumberger explains the reasons students leave school, the ways the decision affects their lives, and describes  a surprisingly simple solution for inspiring high-risk students stay in school.

B-2.  Rosemary at the Farm… in Brooklyn
We visit a middle school in Brooklyn in a district where only about half of students graduate and discover an innovation that’s drawing one 8th grader to her school like a magnet.  Reported by State of the Re:Union contributor Marietta Synodis.     

B-3.  Dear Mrs. Fleming
In a spin on State of the Re:Union’s “Dear City” letters series, we hear a Dear Teacher letter from Queens, NY resident Toni Perreira.  Toni introduces us to Mrs. Fleming, founder of an extraordinary school where the students learn not just from books but from the world around them.  

SEGMENT C (18:59)
Incue: I'm Al Letson…
Outcue: This is N-P-R.

C-1. Bittersweet Ozarks
When Ellen Gray Massey was recruited to teach at a rural one-room-school in the Missouri Ozarks, she found that the students taught her how to teach them.  One magical year exploring the rivers, streams and traditions of the Ozarks later inspired Miss Massey to found a groundbreaking student-run magazine called Bittersweet.  Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Bittersweet students roamed the Ozarks documenting the local culture and crafts, and discovering their own history in the process.  

C-2. Everton School 
Albert Bryant has to remind his students to call him “Mr. Bryant”, because most of them know him simply as Albert.  Just 23 years old, Albert teaches math at the same tiny K-12 school he attended in his hometown of Everton.  Mr. Bryant has founded a new student club that he hopes will bring an economic kick-start to a town with few employment opportunities—and change the way that students think about their hometown in the process.  

C-3.  Interview with Dr. Jerry Johnson
Host Al Letson interviews rural schools expert Dr. Jerry Johnson on the unique connections between schools and their communities in small towns across America.

C-4.  Wrap-up / Montage
Al closes the episode with a reflection on education and a montage of voices from teachers and students.

PROGRAM OUT @ 59:00

Broadcast Window Begins 04/26/2013

The Spring 2013 Season of State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) will be available beginning April 26, 2013, on PRX and the Content Depot without charge to all public radio stations, and may be aired an unlimited number of times prior to December 31, 2013. The program may be streamed live on station websites but not archived. Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only. 

State of the Re:Union is produced by Al Letson, presented by PRX, and co-distributed by NPR and PRX.  Major funding for the State of the Re:Union comes from CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Thanks for your consideration of State of the Re:Union with Al Letson. Please contact your NPR Stations relations person or Deborah Blakeley at Blakeley & Company, LLC, at blakeley.deb@gmail.com with questions or to confirm carriage.

 

Piece Description

State of the Re:Union
Back to Basics - An American Graduate Special 

In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in this country.  With reporting from both urban and rural schools, and interviews with education experts, SOTRU goes “ back to basics”, looking at strategies that get to the heart of what makes students want to learn. 

Billboard (:59)
Incue: You're listening to State of the Re:Union
Outcue: But first, this news.

News Hole: 1:00-6:00

SEGMENT A (12:29)
Incue: I'm Al Letson
Outcue: That's ahead on State of the Re:Union

A-1.  Episode Intro
Host Al Letson reflects on his own challenges at school and the teacher who kept him from “falling through the cracks.”

A-2.  Roxy’s Story
Can dropping out ever be the right choice?  Writer and musician Roxy Haji performs her story of cycling through 16 schools before she turned 16 before deciding to drop out and pursue an education on her own terms.  

SEGMENT B (18:59)
Incue: I'm Al Letson
Outcue: P-R-X-DOT-O-R-G

B-1.  Interview with Russell Rumberger
Host Al Letson interviews Professor Russell Rumberger, who has researched the drop-out rate in America, and the consequences for kids who quit school, for over 30 years.  Rumberger explains the reasons students leave school, the ways the decision affects their lives, and describes  a surprisingly simple solution for inspiring high-risk students stay in school.

B-2.  Rosemary at the Farm… in Brooklyn
We visit a middle school in Brooklyn in a district where only about half of students graduate and discover an innovation that’s drawing one 8th grader to her school like a magnet.  Reported by State of the Re:Union contributor Marietta Synodis.     

B-3.  Dear Mrs. Fleming
In a spin on State of the Re:Union’s “Dear City” letters series, we hear a Dear Teacher letter from Queens, NY resident Toni Perreira.  Toni introduces us to Mrs. Fleming, founder of an extraordinary school where the students learn not just from books but from the world around them.  

SEGMENT C (18:59)
Incue: I'm Al Letson…
Outcue: This is N-P-R.

C-1. Bittersweet Ozarks
When Ellen Gray Massey was recruited to teach at a rural one-room-school in the Missouri Ozarks, she found that the students taught her how to teach them.  One magical year exploring the rivers, streams and traditions of the Ozarks later inspired Miss Massey to found a groundbreaking student-run magazine called Bittersweet.  Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Bittersweet students roamed the Ozarks documenting the local culture and crafts, and discovering their own history in the process.  

C-2. Everton School 
Albert Bryant has to remind his students to call him “Mr. Bryant”, because most of them know him simply as Albert.  Just 23 years old, Albert teaches math at the same tiny K-12 school he attended in his hometown of Everton.  Mr. Bryant has founded a new student club that he hopes will bring an economic kick-start to a town with few employment opportunities—and change the way that students think about their hometown in the process.  

C-3.  Interview with Dr. Jerry Johnson
Host Al Letson interviews rural schools expert Dr. Jerry Johnson on the unique connections between schools and their communities in small towns across America.

C-4.  Wrap-up / Montage
Al closes the episode with a reflection on education and a montage of voices from teachers and students.

PROGRAM OUT @ 59:00

Broadcast Window Begins 04/26/2013

The Spring 2013 Season of State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) will be available beginning April 26, 2013, on PRX and the Content Depot without charge to all public radio stations, and may be aired an unlimited number of times prior to December 31, 2013. The program may be streamed live on station websites but not archived. Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only. 

State of the Re:Union is produced by Al Letson, presented by PRX, and co-distributed by NPR and PRX.  Major funding for the State of the Re:Union comes from CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Thanks for your consideration of State of the Re:Union with Al Letson. Please contact your NPR Stations relations person or Deborah Blakeley at Blakeley & Company, LLC, at blakeley.deb@gmail.com with questions or to confirm carriage.

 

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