American Graduate Day is the centerpiece of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a national public media initiative that leverages the power and reach of public television to help communities across America address the high school dropout crisis and keep students on the path to graduation.
This “call-to-action” telethon based from WNET’s Tisch Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, profiles more than 20 national community partners, and includes a locally produced introduction by University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart, and 14 interview segments featuring Southern Arizona educators, education administrators, and community partners.
Local education and community partner interviews include:
John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark C. Irvin, Interim Volunteer CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson Marie Logan, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
Ronald Marx, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, University of Arizona Stephen Purkiss, Science Teacher PPEP Tec High School Joline Riddle, Kindergarten Teacher, Sewell Elementary Hillary Rosenfeld, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona H.T. Sanchez, Superintendent, Tucson Unified School District Betty Stauffer, Executive Director, Literacy Connects Claudia Torres, UA Student Manuel Valenzuela, Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona Scott Whitlock, Science Teacher & Head of Curriculum and Instruction, Presidio Schools Arnulfo Velasquez, Math Teacher, Wakefield Middle School