With goals to raise expectations and learning outcomes for all students, the recipients of the state-awarded grant, All IN: Ensuring the Success of All Students, needed a way to document their work. While the standard methods of measuring achievement outcomes will be expected by the Ohio Department of Education - increased graduation rates, ACT scores, and college going rates - the designers of the grant wanted to document qualitative changes of the educators, students, and parent participants. That is when the grant leaders reached out to Tom Wilson, North Canton teacher of Hoover's Emmy-nominated video journalism program.
North Canton's video-journalism class takes their work on the road with the Mobile Storyteller van that is equipped with a complete production studio, editing stations, and collaboration space. According to Wilson, "it's not just about the equipment, or each project, but how a student grows as a person. [My] biggest hope is for students to learn the world is bigger than they are - changing the view of themselves and their community through service."
In August the Hoover broadcast team was invited to document the All In 3-day Educator Institute. Student co-producer, Hayley Fatzinger talks about her experience for Hoover's Storytellers at the Educator Institute: "Every person has a story - [it was] amazing to see teachers so passionate and willing to make a change...all of us were so impacted by the All In work."
In September student teams from over twenty districts participated in the first day of a 4-day Student Leadership Academy. The Hoover broadcast team gathered footage and interviews during the academy to create an insightful documentary
These real world experiences have helped students like Fatzinger find their strengths and clarify their post-graduation goals.