Colorado Public Television is focused on curbing the dropout rate among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) students, which is nearly three times the national average. The station held an “Expert Summit” with partner organizations to hear their perspectives on the dropout crisis and to discuss possible solutions. Together with KUVO-FM, CPT also produced a special, American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, A CPT12 Special Presentation, about the high school dropout crisis, including creative solutions and community resources. The program included Rep. Jared Polis, Steve Dobo from Colorado Youth for a Change, and Robert Ham from Urban Peak. CPT has broadcast interstitials to raise awareness about issues that can impact a student's decision to dropout, such as homelessness, bullying and racism.
Their youth media engagement project aims to re-engage kids in school through the multi-media effort "Drop in Denver," community conversation, and guidance to eight at-risk youth who created a series of nine compelling video stories on personal experiences with school. The work on the videos, available at CPT12's American Graduate Storycenter and done in partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling, provided the media skills needed to compete in the workforce along with storytelling, confidence building and the importance of an education. A Town Hall featured the eight teens who created digital stories and a panel of experts including teachers, parents, and legislators who spoke to the issues raised by the teens in their short films.
Key partners in the initiative include Colorado Youth for a Change, Colorado Department of Education,GLSEN Colorado, Denver Public Schools, Denver Mayor’s Office of Education & Children, Center for Digital Storytelling, and the United Way 2-1-1
KSJD surveyed nearly 300 people at a variety of public places throughout the community about their perspectives on the dropout crisis. The survey results are helping to inform the station's tactics to keep students in school and on a path to graduation, including a production at the Cortez Parade of Lights. The station is also conducting focus group testing of images and messages related to education and the dropout crisis that will inform their broadcast content. KSJD is working with Omni Institute, School Community Youth Coalition and the Montezuma Cortez Re-1 School District & Southwest Open School.
KUVO-FM's Community Advisory Board, in conjunction with its news department, hosted a community town hall meeting featuring education experts and community leaders who discussed the issues and possible solutions to the dropout crisis in the Denver community. The station also aired a four-part radio series to provide information and resources to the community around dropout prevention and has partnered with Colorado Public Television for a TV special, American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen A CPT12 Special Presentation. KUVO's community partners include the Colorado High School Charter, Jefferson County Indian Education Program and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.
Colorado public media stations participated in a nation-wide 'virtual teacher town hall' project. Teachers were asked a series of questions about things that are most important to them--from challenges to "A-ha! moments," from lessons learned to job satisfaction, from curriculum to parent engagement. The topics tackled in this project showcase a wide range of voices and provide teachers with a chance to interact and share with one another, all while adding to the conversation on America's schools. Hear more Teacher Voices.