Diversity

Being You

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From big name CEOs to athletes, authors to scientists, to the capable and accomplished individuals you interact with on a daily basis, all sorts of people have learning and attention issues. They’re not only coping, but thriving—and many credit their learning and attention issues as the driving force that shaped their success.

That’s why Roadtrip Nation, Understood.org, and the Oak Foundation have partnered to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the country to interview professionals with their own learning and attention issues who have persevered through challenge to create fulfilling careers.

Use with the Being You viewing guide for activities, discussion questions, and resources. 

Learners Facing Challenges

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This collection highlights videos produced by Producers Workshop filmmakers for CPB's American Graduate initiative. These close-up stories focus on the challenges facing high school students across America - Native American, Latino, Asian American, more. How can they and their communities break through the obstacles so the students can succeed and graduate?

Why Not Us?

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Follow the journeys of four young people—all first in their families to go to college—as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education. 

After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders—including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask “why shouldn't I succeed?”

Use with the Why Not Us? Viewing Guide for activities, discussion questions, and resources. 

Same, Same but Different

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Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school.

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Primary
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Facing Fear (2013)

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In this Academy Award-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration...

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The Graduates/Los Graduados (2013)

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The Graduates explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six young Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, viewers gain a first-hand perspective on the different challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators and community leaders.

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High
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02:00
The Graduates/Los Graduados

Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?

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Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? Sibling rivalry at its finest! Whether it's on the hockey ice, at school, or at home, Greg and Megin just can't seem to get along. She calls him Grosso, he calls her Megamouth. They battle with donuts, cockroaches, and hair. Will it take a tragedy for them to realize how much they actually care for each other?

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600L
Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?

Journey to Nowhere

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It is the spring of 1815, and eleven-year-old Remembrance "Mem" Nye is leaving the comforts of her farm in Hartland, Connecticut, to settle in the wilderness of western New York. Lured by the promise of a better life in the Genesee Country, Mem and her family set off in a covered wagon. Here is the story of Mem's unforgettable journey as she becomes separated from her family and then, after being reunited, almost loses them in a flood.

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770L

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

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Based on one of the most well-known spirituals in America, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands is a visually rich depiction of the diversity and beauty of the world.

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He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

All the Colors of the Earth

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ALL THE COLORS OF THE EARTH celebrates the diversity of children everywhere.

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Primary
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All the Colors of the Earth

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