Jefferson County Open School

The Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado provides alternatives to conventional schooling that strive toward creating lifelong learners.

The Importance of Early Childhood Development

Apr 22, 2015
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Ensuring that children have a strong and healthy start in life is critical to their future success. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Geof Byerly and Vangi McCoy from the Montelores Early Childhood Council about early child health and development, resources available locally to help families provide for their children at an early age, and how the new documentary film "The Raising of America" explores the root causes of class and racial inequities in the health and well being of our kids.

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Administration of a public school system provides a perspective into education that can reveal important issues. KSJD's newest interview host Dave Hart talks with Montezuma-Cortez School Superintendent Alex Carter about why a shortage of teachers could be a crisis in coming years, how poverty is affecting education in America, and opportunities that the new MCHS high school will bring to students.

The Montezuma School To Farm Project

Apr 10, 2015
Cortez Journal

The Montezuma School to Farm Project works to connect our region's farming heritage with school students to help them understand agriculture and where our food comes from. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Danyel Mezzanatto and Christine Foote from the Montezuma School to Farm Project about how they became associated with the project through Americorps, how they are working with area school kids to teach them about food and farming, and what to expect at their upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Spring Hoedown.

All About Lynx!

Apr 6, 2015
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This winter, students at the Rico School completed a project on the lynx, an endangered cat species that was reintroduced into the San Juan Mountains in recent years. In this interview, the students talk with Curtis Keetch, the Wildlife Biologist in the Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts, about his role as a biologist and what he has learned about lynx during the reintroduction project that he was involved with.

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In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Linda Martin, who served as an Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service at Mesa Verde National Park for 36 years, about some of her experiences at Mesa Verde and the importance of interpretation to the experience and education of visitors to the park.

Careers In Cosmetology

Apr 6, 2015
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Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatments for hair, skin, and nails, and job opportunities in the field are increasing in recent years. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Brenda Knapp, Coordinator of the Cosmetology Program at Southwest Colorado Community College, about what is involved in a cosmetology career, and how individuals can become a certified cosmetologist at the school.

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Enrolling in college-level courses can be critical for high school students who are ready to get started on their college career before graduation. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Patty Erjavec, President of Pueblo Community College, about concurrent enrollment opportunities being offered at Southwest Colorado Community College, and other technical programs that can jump-start a new career in a wide variety of fields.

Wanted: Great Teachers

Mar 19, 2015
University of Central Arkansas

High turnover rates for teachers has created inconsistent and inefficient teaching situations in our schools. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dolores Schools Superintendent Scott Cooper and Jeb Holt from the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program, which is working to help schools by recruiting, preparing, and retaining high-quality teachers across Colorado.

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The Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Department is getting ready to bring their production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to the stage in Cortez. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with David Gonzalez-Overton, Kaleb Burris, and Kourtney Partington of the Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Club, and their theater director Nicholaus Sandner, about how they are preparing for their roles, and about some of the challenges involved with creating the sets and props for this unusual stage production.