Theater and drama are fun and important aspects of education in the arts, building confidence and communication skills. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with students David Gonzalez-Overton, Kaylee Brinkerhoff, and Madison Nielson of the Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama Club, and their theater director Nicholaus Sandner, about "Rabbit Hole", the current theater production they are working on, and how participation in drama impacts their lives.
The Cortez Cultural Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an interactive forum for the community's artistic, cultural, and environmental interests. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Donna Stewart, Executive Director at the Cortez Cultural Center, and Lee Bergman, Board President for the Cortez Cultural Center, about what their organization is doing to fulfill their mission in the community.
Finding employment in a good-paying job can sometimes be a matter of getting the right training. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Tomas German-Palacios, Operations Coordinator with the Economic and Workforce Development Division at Southwest Colorado Community College about new technical training programs available at the school that can help with entry into the workforce, career advancement, or career change.
The relationship between teachers and students is typically discussed in terms of how teachers impact their students. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Middle School teacher Matt Keefauver about his recent keynote address at the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers Conference about how students affect their teachers, and why it matters to the rest of us.
In an increasingly digital world, libraries are working to become more than just a place to check out books. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez Public Library Director Eric Ikenouye about how libraries are playing an important role in our communities, why they are essential in bridging the digital divide, and how they work to improve early childhood literacy.
The Dolores Public Library recently surveyed their community to find out what Dolores residents like about the library, and what changes they would like to see. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with library board member Jeanne Becker and Dolores Library Director Debra Ely about how the library is working to add more classes and other programs geared toward technology, health, entertainment, and more.
Libraries are not just places to find information and check out books. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Lee Hallberg, Director of the Mancos Public Library, about how the library is working to embrace new technologies, educate and inform, and build community face-to-face.
The Rico School serves a small group of elementary school students who learn in mixed-age classrooms. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with teacher Eileen Cahalane and several students from the Rico School about the joys of getting an education in a small mountain town.
Southwest Open School in Cortez (SWOS) has built a new health clinic building on their campus that will be critical in continuing to addressing student health issues. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with SWOS Director Jennifer Carter and Shannon Wells, the SWOS Health Clinic Coordinator, about how the new health clinic building will serve students and why they have started a new capital campaign at the school to further improve school facilities.
School is underway and teachers and school administrators in the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District are again facing the challenges and opportunities of a new school year. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District Superintendent Alex Carter about what the district is doing to keep test scores up and teachers motivated, and how construction is progressing at their new high school.