Dropout Nation forum to discuss challenges and initiatives
Join the Innovation Trail at the WXXI Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester tonight from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
WXXI's Innovation Trail is hosting a community conversation about the dropout crisis in Rochester and upstate New York.
Every year, thousands of students in the region quit high school without diplomas, crippling their career prospects and adding to the region's economic challenges.
Tonight's event will feature a short film from the acclaimed PBS Frontline called Middle School Moment, which explores a growing body of evidence suggesting that the make-or-break point for high school dropouts happens back in middle school.
Immediately after the film, audience members will be encouraged to talk about the key facts, discuss local challenges, and set goals for personal and community action.
A panel of leading educators will be on hand to help answer questions and provide additional information.
The event will be facilitated by WXXI News Director Julie Philipp.
The event is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Frontline.
The Innovation Trail's reporting contribution to the project can be found here.