Join KQED at the American Graduate Teacher Town Hall Event

KQED has launched American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen — a local initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in Oakland. KQED and Oakland’s Promise Alliance will address the issue by working with local schools, businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the crisis and its impact on our communities.

We will be hosting a series of community events, including a Teacher Town Hall seeking to elevate teacher voices and opinions on the topic of drop out. Young people throughout our country are dropping out of school in high numbers and teachers are on the front lines of this national and local crisis. Bring your expertise and share what works for engaging and supporting urban youth at the American Graduate Teacher Town Hall.

Here are three easy ways to connect online:



This is a regional event- please share this invitation with friends and colleagues throughout the Bay Area!

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2 thoughts on “Join KQED at the American Graduate Teacher Town Hall Event”

  1. Speaking from the perspective of a retired Texas High school principal, the system needs to be changed. For those students that are not going to go to college and whose parents want them to find a job early, and that as early as 9th grade they are showing signs of dropping out, a better educational route should be established. At my school in south Texas, we were given a grant with the US department of Labor to help students pass the test required to be given a GED certificate. Once they got their GED, we arranged for Tech school training and within a 2 year period, they were skilled and ready for gainful employment. Our drop out rates all but disappeared. The concept that ALL students must go to college is unrealistic and unattainable especially when a 9th grader is still reading at a 3 -5th grade level.

    I firmly believe that states have the right to do what is best for students and parents and that early exodus from high school through a GED and jobs training/placement program should be a viable option.


    Dr. E.

  2. Basically it comes down to one thing. A stable parent support system. There have been multiple studies and many find that when a student has positive supporting and INVOLVED parents, their drop out rate is nearly zero. It’s a pretty lofty goal and one which we can’t achieve by just saying it, but maybe strides could be made to involve parents more with their adolescent and teenage students. Teachers are doing all they can in many cases, facing the same problems you’ve already heard about over and over. Their job is hard, and in an increasingly disconnected and hyper paced, hyper results oriented culture, they often shoulder too much of the blame for low test scores, and drop out rates. Parents are the key, they always have been, be involved in your child’s future and your child will have one.

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