We are very pleased to be acknowledged for a series we know has helped inspire much-needed dialogue around the many factors impacting vulnerable students in our public schools, including standardized testing and its effects on our students and educational institutions, said Jones.
Over the course of a full school year, 180 Days follows a high school at the epicenter of the nations school reform movement. The two-part series offers a window into the struggles of five students at Washington Metropolitan High SchoolAKA DC Metas they battle lifes challenges to graduate and succeed. The series also shows how the push for success in standardized testing is often at odds with the realities facing young people and the lengths to which the faculty must go to ensure their students are able to have their day in the light, in full cap and gown.
180 Days was produced and directed by Jones and Garland McLaurin and edited by Adam Lingo and Carol Slatkin. Christopher Paultre composed the music. The series, part of American Graduate: Lets Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that helps communities nationwide understand and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis, aired on PBS in March 2013. The film can be seen at http://video.pbs.org/program/180-days/.
About the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)
The National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces and funds content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including PBS and PBS.org, BlackPublicMedia.org and other public media outlets. Founded in 1979, NBPC produces AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC).