When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting threw down the American Graduate  challenge, Catherine Stifter and friends in California’s Central Valley took it on, and learned 5 key lessons in how to produce engaging public media.
They had hair-raising material--three high schools in Stockton and four of Fresno's high schools made a 2004 list of "dropout factories " where 50% of freshmen failed to complete school through their senior year, and low-income students of color are at greater risk.
Their project Class Dismissed  involved community participation from the start, and an engagement leader, jesikah maria ross , in the lead of that engagement; learning went both ways. It became radio documentary, a web site, a social media meme, and classroom projects. Stifter took away five to-dos for any community-engagement media project:
Want to know the more and the how-to? It’s all here.