The high school dropout rate in the United States is a significant problem - and not just for those students who do not graduate. High school dropouts cost the country more than $300 billion a year in lost wages, taxes and productivity, which can lead to a rise in crime, homelessness and substance abuse. Experts agree there is no "one size fits all" solution. It requires input and involvement from individuals and organizations within each and every community, including you and WSKG.
WSKG will be engaging the community and key stakeholders to: (1) Frame key issues pertaining to dropout prevention in the Southern Tier; (2) Focus on best practice strategies; and (3) Consider/Understand different approaches from throughout the region.
We're challenging you to engage your students within the topic of Dropout Prevention and surrounding issues. Encourage classroom dialogue using group discussion, essay prompts, media projects, etc.
In your opinion, why do students drop out of school?
What could your community do better to support your educational goals?
What can you and other students to to address this issue?
As our community engages in activities and discussion surrounding the issues of Dropout Prevetion, we want to hear from YOU. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to share their thoughts with WSKG. WSKG will select up to 10 students and teachers to join us as special guests at our Dropout Prevention Summit held at WSKG Studios in November 2011.
YOUR voice will become part of the larger community dialogue.
Submissions may take whatever format fits your project. Share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2, 2011. more information
This project aligns with the following New York State Learning Standards: English Language Arts 1, 3, 4, Health, Physical Education, Family & Consumer Sciences 3.
The WSKG American Graduate Community Engagement Project is funded by CPB through the National Center for Media Engagement.
American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, launched by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in May, is an investment in public media stations that are working in their communities to address dropout crisis.