American Graduate Day 2016

American Graduate Day 2016 returns this fall for its fifth consecutive year! Soledad O’Brien will host the national broadcast which premieres Saturday, September 17 starting at 1 pm. Featuring news segments, mini-documentaries, performances, and interviews, American Graduate Day 2016 is the culminating event of Spotlight Education Week – a special week of primetime education-themed programming on PBS beginning September 12, 2016.

American Graduate Day 2016 will focus on the importance of mentorship as a solution to one of the nation’s largest education challenges, and will celebrate the exceptional work of individuals and groups across the country who are mentors in their communities, by helping local youth stay on track to college and career successes. This year’s broadcast will be anchored by “Stories of Champions,” a series of short documentary-style profile pieces, which will spotlight individuals and influential figures in local communities around the country who are successfully keeping students on the path to graduation through engaging mentorship and ongoing support. The day will feature one of KLRU’s local champions. You can watch them all below.

After the national broadcast, KLRU will feature local American Graduate Day programming.

AISD Champions at 4:30 pm Sept. 17
Student filmmakers from 11 AISD high schools tell the stories of the champions who have supported, challenged and encouraged them in their academic and personal journeys. The film captures the richness and diversity of life in AISD high schools and the dedication of the teachers, coaches, families and community members who inspire students every day.

Eastside Education at 5:30 pm Sept. 17
Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed. An Eastside Education is a production of KLRU­-TV, Austin PBS. It is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American Graduate seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how dropout rates impact our economy and society.