2012 Projects Archive

NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with WEDU

September, 2012: How does violence affect students’ ability to learn? That’s what St. Petersburg eighth-grader De’Qonton Davis and his classmates set out to investigate as part of the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with PBS station WEDU in Tampa. The students produced a unique video report that they hope President Obama will see.
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Workshop Presentation at the Florida Virtual School Conference

September, 2012: Rachel Morrison, Station Relations Manager, PBS Education and Gail Taylor, Director of Educational Services, WEDU, teamed up for a workshop presentation at the Florida Virtual School Conference in Orlando on September 20th. The focus of the session was Florida PBS LearningMedia and how the service could be incorporated into lesson planning for virtual learners. The presentation was well received by FLVS educators.

American Graduate Day: September 22, 2012

September, 2012: WEDU is participating in American Graduate Day, a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast and participation from over 20 national partner organizations to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Viewers will be encouraged to become an “American Graduate Champion” by offering their time, donating resources, connecting with the organizations on social media or learning more about the crisis. WEDU will add local content to support the national broadcast and will highlight community partners who help students stay on the path to graduation. Each community partner profiled will provide viewers with information on how to become involved with American Graduate and the featured organizations.

Broadcasted nationally from The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, American Graduate Day premiered Saturday, September 22, 1-8 p.m. (ET).
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Up Close: American Graduate Special

September, 2012: In September’s episode of Up Close, host Cathy Unruh gathers a panel of Tampa Bay Area experts and educators. We’re looking at ways to decrease dropouts and help teens become enthusiastic learners on their way to graduation.

Watch the Episode | Special Webcast | Features Pinellas County Schools’ Reuben Hepburn

Maya & Miguel Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off

September, 2012: Visitors to the Glazer Children’s Museum met everyone’s favorite PBS twins, Maya and Miguel, at the Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off on September 4th. The event, produced through a partnership between WEDU and the Glazer Museum, featured a screening of a Maya and Miguel episode and fun activities for children and families.

Book reading at Polk County Public Library

August, 2012: Children listen to a Martha Speaks book in the PBS Raising Readers Library Corner at the Polk County Public Library, Bartow, Florida. The library corner, donated to the Polk County Library Cooperative by WEDU/WUSF as a part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, is designed to provide children ages 2 to 8 and their families with fun and innovative materials and activities based on a literacy framework encompassing skills such as letter recognition, print awareness and vocabulary instruction. These skills help prepare children for learning and establish a solid foundation for school success and graduation.

Florida PTA Leadership Convention

July, 2012: WEDU hosted an exhibit at the annual Florida PTA Leadership Convention to provide information on the dropout crisis in Florida and the wide variety of PBS educational resources available for students, parents and teachers. The convention was held at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, FL.

Sid the Science Kid VPK Summer Program

July, 2012: More than 1,000 students enrolled in the Hillsborough County school district’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Summer Program enjoyed six weeks of Sid the Science Kid lessons and activities focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics such as tools and measurement and environmental awareness. The summer program curriculum was created through a collaboration among Hillsborough County Public Schools, The Jim Henson Company and WEDU. The program encourages school readiness and success in STEM education as pathways to graduation.

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American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. For more information visit www.americangraduate.org or find us on Facebook at Florida American Graduate Project.