KNME worked closely with the Robert F. Kennedy Charter School (RFK), which serves a predominantly Hispanic rural population. RFK’s principal and students were interviewed for the station’s Public Square program, which focused on the dropout crisis in New Mexico. The show's season premiere explored how to improve graduation rates in Albuquerque's South Valley. It was followed by an episode that featured youth who had dropped out or re-entered school discussing how to help students overcome the educational and social challenges that can lead to dropping out. KNME also hosted the forum, New Mexico Speaks, to continue the dialogue on education among teachers, young people and the community.
New Mexico PBS and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research mapped the location of the dropout crisis in the Albuquerque metropolitan area using geographic data, color coded risk factors and early warning indicators. The map served as a powerful way to mobilize partners and begin strategic planning.
The station’s public affairs program, New Mexico in Focus, broadcast thirteen short segments, highlighting partners and solutions in the community. Partners have also helped with messages and tips for families including warning signs and messages about truancy. New Mexico PBS partnered with Generation Justice and StoryCorps to train students in storytelling and media production, with students creating videos on a wide variety of topics related to staying in school and the dropout crisis.
New Mexico PBS cohosted a Title One Parent Engagement Conference this past February with the New Mexico PTA which brought together families with middle and high school students to learn about truancy, as well as discuss barriers to regular attendance and ways to keep students in school.
KNME partnered with the state’s attorney general’s office on truancy to work with students in creating messages aimed at families with very young children to highlight the importance of school attendance. The messages will air on four New Mexico PBS channels and will be posted to the station’s website.
The station hosted a Teacher Town Hall where teachers from a range of schools in the community came together to identify and discuss the major issues affecting the graduation rate in their schools, and had a constructive conversation about what can be done to improve the education opportunities for all students. Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour moderated Town Hall.
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KNME's partners include Generation Justice (Youth Media), UNM-Center for Education Policy Research (Data Partner), United Way of Central New Mexico, New Mexico PTA, Albuquerque Public Schools - Coordinated School Health, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, Big Brothers Big Sisters, NM Office of African American Affairs, NM Department of Health, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Families United for Education, NM Department of Workforce Solutions, District Attorney’s Office Truancy Program, Media Arts Charter School, Hanh Nguyen NM Health Equity Working Group, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), Albuquerque Teachers Federation, Horizon Academy West, UNM College of Education Network for Educational Renewal, Robert F Kennedy Charter School, School Success Network, New Mexico Asian Family Center, UNM Family Development Program, Instructional Support Services, Hogares, Inc. and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico.