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Translating the Dream

According the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card, the graduation rate for among English Language Learners (ELL) students in the state in was 70%, compared to 85% for all students. In Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), even fewer ELL students graduate: 64%. This program takes an in-depth look at the graduation rate among ELL and immigrant students in Tennessee; the challenges they face that can prevent them from graduating on time; how schools and teachers are trying to address this increasingly demanding need; and how all of us are impacted when students drop out of school.


NPT Teacher Town Hall

Nashville Public Television (NPT), together with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s
“American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative, and with sponsorship by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hosted a Teacher Town Hall at the station’s studios on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

The Town Hall, was moderated by the PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan and taped for broadcast that was aired on NPT on February 29, at 9:00 p.m. The show focuses on the multitude of factors that impact high school graduation rates, including key components in a student’s education before they ever get to high school. The 100 assembled public teachers – pre-K, elementary, middle and high school were represented – and were asked to share their perspectives and experiences, in hopes of generating a greater understanding of the issues and engagement with the broader community.


Teacher Wall

As part of NPT’s “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative, Nashville Public Television asked middle Tennessee teachers to participate in Teacher Wall, a virtual teacher town square where America’s educators can share their stories, knowledge, and ideas. The Teacher Wall provides teachers with an opportunity to talk about what is important to them. NPT spoke specifically with teachers who teach immigrant and refugee students. Listen to what they have to say.


Student Voices

We have trained and equipped high school students in Nashville to tell their own stories, as part of the NPT user-generated content project Storytellers. The following videos offer first-hand student perspectives on many of the issues related to high school graduation and dropout, especially the unique challenges that immigrant and refugee students face.


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