America loses one out of four young people to the dropout crisis each year. A high school diploma is an important step in preparing a young person to live an independent, secure and happy life and is an essential component of America’s economic competitiveness to create a more educated, innovative workforce. Dropping out not only makes it harder for these young people to succeed in life, but our economy also loses hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity and our communities suffer enormous social costs.
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a multi-year public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public broadcasting has a long history improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.
As part of American Graduate's ongoing efforts to reach educators, parents, and students with resources and materials to keep students on the path to graduation, WNET launched the American Graduate Classroom Resources site this summer. The site is a collection of some of the Web's best content for students in the middle grades, mining public media's vast archive of high quality, standards based interactive content for the classroom.
The Classroom Resources site showcases over 800 interac tive educational resources covering a full spectrum of subject areas: Arts, Careers, ESL, Health & Sports, Language Arts, Math, Media Production, Science & Engineering, and Social Studies. The resources span all types of interactivity, from quizzes, to games, to simulations, to interactive maps and timelines. Visitors to the site have access to hundreds of resources that will spark students' imagination and interest.
Through partnerships with national producers to increase understanding, and with national education partners to improve student engagement and achievement, public media strives to achieve meaningful impact in communities across the country.