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  1. KQED Tackles Dropout Crisis with Town Hall Meeting

    March 26, 2012

    ITVS's Community Classroom, along with over 150 Bay Area educators, gathered at Laney College for KQED's town hall meeting about the dropout crisis.Here are some startling facts:Every year, roughly 1.3 million students in the U.S. drop out of high school. That's 7,000 students each day.More than 20 percent of California high school students drop out of

  2. Catch To Be Heard on Public Television

    January 10, 2012

    The ITVS-funded documentary To Be Heard looks at a unique poetry class in the Bronx for at-risk youth where anything can be said or shared. The film was produced and directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Amy Sultan, Deborah Shaffer, and Eddie Martinez – a combination of seasoned filmmakers, educators, and instructors in the Power Writers program. ITVS’s

  3. ITVS Joins Leading Bay Area Media Groups to Celebrate Teachers

    September 19, 2011

    This past month, over 100 media-savy educators attended the first Bay Area Media Innovators in  Education event in San Francisco. The event was co-hosted by ITVS, KQED, BAVC, and the San Francisco Film Society.At a time when school budgets are tight, it is rare for teachers to get treated to wine, gourmet treats, and free media content. But ITVS and four

  4. Watch American Graduate's Too Important to Fail, Streaming now on

    September 16, 2011

    The program, which aired on Tavis Smiley Reports, examines one of the most disturbing aspects of the education crisis facing America today — the increased dropout rate among Black teenage males. The broadcast is currently streaming on a part of American Graduate, a public media initiative supported by CPB to help local communities across America

  5. Community Classroom Profiles the Best. Teacher. Ever!

    July 15, 2011

    Last month, Community Classroom unveiled the winner of the Best. Teacher. Ever! Contest: Negussie Tirfessa, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Manchester Community College. As a followup, we asked Independent Lens viewer Cordelia Vahadji to interview her nominee, so that we could discover what makes this educator so inspirational to his students, and that