- Full Program
- Solving the dropout problem - Superintendent John White discusses how Louisiana’s Department of Education is trying to solve the dropout problem at every level.
- Early Childhood - Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White touches on why early childhood education reform is taking place.
- Coming in 2015 - West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning Director Crystal Leon describes how the Cohort One pilot program changes things.
- R.A.P.P.S. is… - Matt Byrnes explains what the Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students (R.A.P.P.S.) is.
- Earn Your Day - R.A.P.P.S. Principal Matt Byrnes describes how students earn their time out of the program.
- Project Excel Format - Burnell Boudreaux with 100 Black Men explains the Project Excel mentoring program.
- Participation - Burnell Boudreaux, with 100 Black Men’s Project Excel Program, describes the partnership that makes it work.
- Our Motto - 100 Black Men’s Burnell Boudreaux explains the motto of his Baton Rouge chapter.
- Deeply Grateful - Jonathon Jackson says he wouldn’t be a senior if not for Project Excel.
- “Choices” goals - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College touches on the goals of the “Choices” dropout prevention program.
- Community Collaboration - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College describes the partnership that makes “Choices” successful in Sabine Parish.
11/14 - Destination: Graduation
How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?
In 2013, Louisiana’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of nearly 74%, but there still is a lot of work to do. Four parishes have dropout rates below 60 percent and twenty parishes saw an increase in their dropout numbers last year. So, how is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem? What programs are available to keep students in school? How effective are they? And when is the best time to intervene? Louisiana Public Square brings together educators and innovators to look for answers to the state’s dropout dilemma on “Destination: Graduation” Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
“Destination: Graduation” is part of American Graduate, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.”
For more information on America’s dropout problem, visit www.americangraduate.org. For additional information about Louisiana’s dropout problem, visit www.lpb.org/americangraduate.
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Learn how to get involved with Louisiana American Graduate Champions.
West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning
100 Black Men of Greater Baton Rouge “Project Excel”
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) - Louisiana
ExxonMobil YMCA of Baton Rouge
Rapides Parish Alternative Positive Program for Students (RAPPS)
• Jourdan Lee poetry slam
- Jordan Lee was one of the winners of the national Raise Up Slam Poetry Project which is part of the American Graduate initiative. She currently attends Tulane University.
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