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WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders: Project Funders:GlaxoSmithKlineThe Goodnight Educational FoundationJoseph M. Bryan Foundation State FarmThe Grable FoundationFarrington FoundationMore education stories from WUNC

#TeachingIs: What's Your 6 Word Memoir?

What is teaching to you? Can you say it in 6 words?

We breathe each day to grow.
by Ms Moffett in Room1 at Benchmark school

I’m an educator, not content deliverer.
by Sarah Cacicio

Standardized tests do not define us
by 4th Grade Writing at Little Cypress Intermediate

Two Florida teachers, in conjunction with the Carrboro-based Center for Teaching Qualityand the group Six-Word Memoir have created a new way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week which begins May 5. They're rallying teachers to add their voices an tell the world what teaching really is.

You are invited to share your definitions, stories, small wins, big wins, or manifestos via social media. Think tweet, blog post, Vine, Instagram, YouTube, shareable graphic, Six Word Memoir.

But the key is to use the hashtag #TeachingIs. That way all of the contributions can be collected and shared.

Take a look at this Thunderclapwhich spells out the project. You will be able to browse all #TeachingIs submissions here.

Consider starting with the6 word memoir.

Or leave us a message at WUNC's Teachers' Room Tumblr.

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Credit Center for Teaching Quality

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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