Documentaries

 Challenging Circumstances: The Dropout Epidemic
This 30 minute documentary looks at challenges facing young people and explores why some students in Hampton Roads feel that dropping out of high school is their only option. The film points to why dropping out not only hurts students who don't graduate, but impacts the entire community.
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 Solutions to the Dropout Crisis
This documentary looks at individuals and organizations in Hampton Roads that are helping to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Learn about how Trinity Presbyterian in Norfolk is building literacy skills through its Homework Club. Find out why Norfolk State University's Spartan Crusade for Academic Success (SCAS) is a vital outreach for the community. See young people prepare for careers through the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. These and other programs highlighted in the film are helping to make it happen in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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Teacher Town Hall

 Teacher Town Hall
On March 28, 2012, WHRO hosted an American Graduate Teacher Town Hall, moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of WHRV's weekly Another View radio program. One hundred teachers from around Hampton Roads came to WHRO to discuss major issues affecting graduation rates in our community. These dedicated professionals shared their perspectives and ideas to generate understanding and engage the broader community in conversation and action to help keep all students on the path to graduation. WHRO was one of twelve public media stations across the country hosting American Graduate Teacher Town Halls with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Best Practices

 Best Practice: National STEM Video Game Challenge Training
January 2012 at Norfolk State University over 200 middle and high school students attended the Community TechFest and STEM Video Game Challenge Training. WHRO partnered with One Economy and the Broad Creek Digital Inclusion Advisory Board to bring the training to NSU’s Robinson Technology Center to encourage local participation in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge.
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 Best Practice: Geometry Class
Second year teacher Krista Roop attended WHRO’s American Graduate Tech Trek. She was exposed to new digital tools to use in her teaching.  We visited her classroom at Booker T. Washington High School for a lesson on congruent triangles and similarity. Ms. Roop created a voki for her lesson on similarity and a wordle to use in a homework assignment.
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 Best Practice: Tech Trek
In August 2011, WHRO conducted a week long technology camp for teachers called Tech Trek with an emphasis on digital tools. Teachers were exposed to mobile devices, digital literacy and digital media development. Each teacher created a project during the week to take back to their classroom. This video features some of the teachers that attended talking about the week will impact their instruction.
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 Best Practice: Newport News Public Schools
WHRO speaks with several Newport News Public Schools administrators who share their techniques and programs they’ve implemented to increase the on-time graduation rates for students.
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