Meet Ozarks Public Television's 2015 American Graduate Champions

Dr. John Jungmann
Superintendent
Springfield Public Schools

Ann Francis
Buffalo Middle School Teacher
2014 PBS Digital Innovator

Tiffany Brunner
Middle College Director
Ozarks Technical Community College

American Graduate Day 2015 highlights community leaders, and educators and youth making a difference 

 American Graduate Day is a live, seven-hour multiplatform broadcast that leverages the power and reach of public media to focus on those organizations and individual Champions keeping kids on the path to graduation.  American Graduate Day centers around the critical themes of: Career Readiness and College Completion, Caring Consistent Adults, Dropout Prevention and Re-engagement, Early Education, More and Better Learning, Special Needs, and STEAM. Journalists, thought leaders, and celebrities join together to raise awareness of the incredible work being done across the country to keep kids in school. The broadcast and online event features a mix of national and local segments from across the country that showcase how community organizations and individual Champions provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools.

Inspired to get involved?  Take one of Seven Simple Steps to help keep kids on the path to graduation. You can become American Graduate Champion by taking a simple step to support students, ranging from becoming a mentor to donating school supplies.  Learn more.

Throughout the day, viewers were invited to engage with their local public television stations and the featured community organizations. Viewers participated in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast onTwitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #AmGrad.