American Graduate is an initiative of public media broadcasters across the country supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help their local communities find solutions to the dropout crisis.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is proud to join more than 80 public radio and television stations and over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states helping to keep more students on the path to a high school diploma.

Louisiana Public Square - Funding the Future

Access to quality early childhood education and childcare is the single biggest indicator of future educational success and worker retention. Louisiana passed legislation to restructure and improve early childhood options, but changes have been largely unfunde

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Louisiana Public Square - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

Louisiana’s graduation rate has jumped nearly ten points over the last decade. Despite this significant improvement, in some cases graduation still is not the norm, even among middle and high-income families in the state. Louisiana Public Square brings togethe

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Destination: Graduation

After reaching an all-time high graduation rate of 74 percent in 2013, the state’s dropout rate is slowly increasing. What is being done? Educators and innovators look for answers.

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Confronting Louisiana’s Dropout Dilemma

Nearly 15% of students who enter Louisiana high schools drop out, and only 72% graduate on time. How can educators help the state reach its goal of an 80% graduation rate by 2014? What programs are successfully combating the problem and how can they be replica

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LPB Celebrates Local Stories of Champions in lead up to “American Graduate Day 2015” on Saturday October 3rd

LPB recognized Baton Rouge area American Graduate Champions at event featuring “American Graduate Day” proclamation from Mayor-President Kip Holden.

National broadcast to Showcase Baton Rouge Youth Coalition & the LSU College of  Engineering’s XCITE STEM camp for high school girls.

American Graduate Day 2015 returned this fall for its fourth consecutive year. Airing Saturday, October 3 from 10AM to 5PM on LPB, each hour of the broadcast covered a different theme: Early Education; Caring Consistent Adults; More and Better Learning; Special Needs; STEAM; Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement and Career Readiness and College Completion.

“The American Graduate initiative meshes seamlessly with LPB’s forty year mission of providing programming and community outreach that helps Louisiana citizens navigate their educational journey from cradle to career.” – Beth Courtney, CEO/President of Louisiana Public Broadcasting

LPB is the only station in the country that had two segments within the broadcast. In the first, Shauna Sanford (Louisiana: The State We’re Ininterviewed Dominique Ricks, a graduate of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition about how the organization helped him secure a full-ride scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition joined the discussion during the hour highlighting “Caring Consistent Adults.”

In the second segment, the LSU College of Engineering’s XCITE Summer Camp for high school girls was profiled in a piece airing during the Science, Technology, Arts, Math (STEAM) hour of the broadcast. The “EXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers” allows ninth through eleventh-grade girls to participate in a week of hands-on engineering activities. The hope is to encourage enrollment in one of the university’s STEM degree programs.

2015 American Graduate Day Proclamation and Celebration

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