Keeping Students on the Path to Graduation and Success

TPT brings American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen to the Twin Cities.  Through this initiative, our goal is to shed light on and share solutions for ending the nation’s dropout crisis.  Together with community and education partners we are increasing local and national reporting about the reality of what’s going on, and empowering you to be part of the answer.



Featured Programs:

POV: American Promise

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Learn more about the film.


Is School Enough?

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Is School Enough?  This one-hour film examines another new frontier reshaping 21st century education: Empowering young people to learn from what they care about most, and helping them make an authentic difference in the world. There’s a growing understanding that learning should not just be preparation for life, but is actually “life itself.” 


Independent Lens: The Graduates/Los Graduados

Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders. Learn more about the film.


POV: Brooklyn Castle

This public-school powerhouse in junior high chess competitions has won more than 30 national championships, the most of any school in the country. Its 85-member squad boasts so many strong players that the late Albert Einstein, a dedicated chess maven, would rank fourth if he were on the team. Most astoundingly, I.S. 318 is a Brooklyn school that serves mostly minority students from families living below the poverty line. Brooklyn Castle is the exhilarating story of five of the school's aspiring young players and how chess became the school's unlikely inspiration for academic success. Learn mrore about the film.


If you are interested in a screening of these or any other American Graduate films at your organization, please contact tpt at: tptLEARN@tpt.org or 651-229-1118.

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