Oyler: One School, One Year

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Subjects: At Risk Youth, Child Development, Children's Rights, Community, Family Studies, Poverty, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, Urban Studies, Youth Issues

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

Can a school save a community?

OYLER profiles how a "community school" helped fuel a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati’s most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, part of a growing national movement to help poor children succeed by meeting their basic health, social, and nutritional needs at school.

Before 2006, very few kids from the Lower Price Hill area finished high school, much less went to college. The neighborhood is Urban Appalachian — an insular community with roots in the coal mining towns of Kentucky and West Virginia. The local Oyler School only went through 8th grade. After that, rather than ride the bus out of the neighborhood for high school, most kids dropped out.

Under long-time Principal Craig Hockenberry’s leadership, Oyler School has transformed into a “community learning center,” serving kids from preschool through 12th grade. Oyler is open year-round, from early morning until late at night. The school provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sends hungry kids home with food on weekends. Students can walk down the hall to access a health clinic, vision center, and mental health counseling.

Oyler's students are now graduating from high school and matriculating to college in record numbers. Oyler has graduated more students in the neighborhood from high school in the recent years than in the collective 85 prior years

Based on the award-winning Marketplace radio series "One School, One Year," OYLER takes viewers through a year at the school, focusing on Hockenberry’s mission to transform a community, and on senior Raven Gribbins’ quest to be the first in her troubled family to finish high school and go to college.

DVD Features Scene Selection and Closed Captioning.
“Starred ReviewAn unsentimental view of how a committed, innovative school can transform a community... it will spark discussions about how schools can better meet the needs of students and prepare them for success, despite bureaucracy and poverty. Social studies classes will find many discussion topics that impact student success.” 
– School Library Journal 

Screened at:
SXSWedu Film Program
Cincinnati Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
Columbus International Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival


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