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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
September 10th, 2013

Twin Cities Public Television Brings American Graduate Public Media Initiative to Minnesota

tpt to Provide Local Connection to Important Nationawide Project Championing Solutions to the Drop Out Crisis

St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 10, 2013) – This September, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will be bringing the CPB’s American Graduate initiative to Minnesota through programming, partnerships and events that champion and foster action and provide resources for communities to increase the high school graduation rate in this state and nationwide.


American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a long-term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.


Working with local and national partners, the initiative puts faces on the numbers and increases understanding of the risks and solutions through national and local content, covering all facets of the issue for broadcast, web and mobile platforms. In addition, American Graduate is engaging and empowering teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out through community collaborations and classroom resources.


“In Minnesota, a state where only 77 percent of students graduate high school and a student drops out of school every six minutes, tpt is leading the charge to bring this important issue to the forefront through public media.” Says Kathleen O’Donnell, tpt’s Director of Family and Education Services. “TPT hopes to bring heightened visibility and facilitate greater engagement in solutions by leveraging this important initiative and its resources, including tpt’s own content and partner events. “


In particular, tpt is proud to announce the inclusion of tpt National Productions original documentary (produced here at tpt) Is School Enough? in the American Graduate Collection.  Is School Enough? (full episode available here) documents vivid examples of how/where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. Featuring nationally recognized educators and researchers, the film’s powerful stories show that when students have the opportunity to explore real interests and problems, they step up and perform at the highest level. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out. Is School Enough? airs on Sept. 10 on tpt 2 at 9 PM and at 5 PM on tpt LIFE. TPT produced Digital Media: Learners of the 21st Century will also air in the American Graduate Collection.


A number of other compelling documentaries will air this fall, including American Graduate Day (Sept. 28), a full day of programming on tpt MN (11AM – 6PM), devoted to the subject.


In addition to broadcast events, tpt is partnering with AchieveMpls, The Citizens League, Young Education Professionals-Twin Cities and DRIVE Emerging Leaders on EDTalks – a lively series of networking and education events designed to engage young professionals in public education issues. The next EDTalks program is taking place September 24th. This event is made possible by a grant received as part of a national outreach campaign launched by WNET New York Public Media to highlight issues related to the dropout crisis, showcased in Ted Talks Education, the first ever TED project specifically produced for television. The program will feature interactive activities and presentations focused on creativity, innovation and education. Portions of the event will be filmed by tpt for broadcast in Nov. and Jan. as part of the national TED TALKS EDUCATION outreach initiative, which is part of American Graduate.


For more information about all of tpt’s American Graduate efforts and links to in-depth educational and classroom resources for discussion and learning surrounding the important cause, please visit www.tpt.org/americangraduate.  


Minnesota Alliance with Youth is tpt’s key local American Graduate partner.




About tpt
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”

As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.  The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

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About tpt National Productions

TPT National Productions is the national production division of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis/St. Paul, and is a significant content producer for the public television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries and specials, tpt has created a major, highly lauded body of work on STEM education and learning, including the Emmy Award-winning children’s science series DragonflyTV and SciGirls, multiple NOVA episodes, and Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century). TPT National Productions has also produced acclaimed programming around the history of America’s founding era, including the Peabody Award-winning series LIBERTY! The American Revolution and the Emmy Award-winning Benjamin Franklin. Other notable productions include The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; Depression: Out of the Shadows; Slavery by Another Name and the recent series CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal.


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