American Graduate

American Graduate Teacher Town Hall

Moderated by Jacksonville's Al Letson, host of NPR's "State of The Re:Union," American Graduate Teacher Town Hall is a statewide forum among educators to raise awareness about Florida's dropout crisis.

About American Graduate

WLRN Public Radio & Television has been selected by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to be the American Graduate public media hub station for Miami-Dade County.

The American Graduate is a recently launched national initiative to help local communities find solutions to address the dropout crisis in the United States. To visit the National American Graduate website CLICK HERE >>

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WLRN is making it happen

WLRN launched the American Graduate: Let's make it happen! initiative at a community forum held January 10th, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

Moderated by Marcus A. Christian, WLRN Community Advisory Member, the forum showcased the American Graduate video and a keynote message about graduation rates from Miami-Dade County Superintendent of Schools, Alberto M. Carvalho.

More than 100 community and education stakeholders participated in the forum, which served as a platform to generate conversations and networks about education resources and organizations addressing dropout rates.

On-air and Online Content

Public media's trusted producers are creating programs and specials that will raise awareness and increase dialogue about the dropout crisis.

In addition, some public radio and television programs will support teachers by developing educational resources to better engaged their students in learning.

Mission US

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As part of its American Graduate efforts, WLRN is spotlighting Mission US, an interactive game that allows students to step into the shoes of a 14-year-old apprentice who closely experiences the events that led up to the Boston Massacre. Learn More

Community Partners - Links

United Way

Women of Tomorrow

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

City Year

College Summit

5000 Role Models

The Foundation for New Education Initiatives

Communities in Schools

The Parent Academy

Volunteer Department (M-DCPS)

Take Stock in Children



Dade Partners



WLRN Shares Your Tips, Ideas, Successes and Stories

  • Do you have any tips to help students stay on path to graduation?

    If so, please feel free to share those with us. Under the parent and student toolkit you will see a flyer with 5 tips listed. Help us expand the list of creative ideas to help keep kids in school.

    We want to hear your success stories on how American Graduate has made an impact with you or someone you know. If you have a personal success story you would like to share, we would love to hear it.

    If you have any resources WLRN can post onto the website, please feel free to share those as well.

    E-mail your ideas and resources to:





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Participating Middle Schools

  • Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy

    At Mandarin Lakes K–8 Academy, a Caring School Community, we aim to educate and prepare students for a global society.

    Through our Business and Communications and Dual Language Academies, we incorporate a rigorous academic program aimed to spark the intellectual curiosity of every student and create divergent thinkers.

    Additionally, we strive to highlight and foster the diversity of our community at large through cross cultural identity, awareness and respect, which will develop responsible, well rounded and civic-minded citizens.

  • Nautilus Middle School

    Nautilus Middle School is located in a residential community on approximately 10 acres of land on Miami Beach.

    The original school was built in 1949.

    During its existence, the grade configuration of the school was changed from a traditional junior high school model consisting of students in grades seven through nine to a middle school model consisting of students in grades seven and eight.

  • North Dade Middle School

    North Dade Middle School's International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program core values revolve around the concept that all of our students will develop a more enhanced perspective on the pursuit of academic excellence, intercultural awareness, world citizenship and the ability to make a more positive global impact through the consistent modeling of the IBMYP's 5 Areas of Interaction.

    The key aspects of our value system ultimately promotes positive & successful thinking among our students & staff, honesty, the identification of true purpose, fidelity of implementation and a heightened sense of school wide accountability.

  • Hialeah Gardens Middle School

    Located in Hialeah Gardens, Hialeah Gardens Middle School is committed to aiding the intellectual and social development of its students by ensuring that they become conscientious citizens of society.

    Students will be educated in a secure, encouraging atmosphere with a variety of educational tools, empowering each student to develop the attitude, behavior, ability and knowledge needed to responsible adults.

    Through our academies, our staff fosters an environment where diversity is valued, quality of life is enhanced, individual aspirations are fulfilled and knowledge is strengthened.