KLRU News Briefs: Social and Emotional Learning through Art, Pre-K Debate Mired in Politics

This weekend during PBS NewsHour, we talk to the members of Creative Action, a non-profit arts organization. Plus, The Texas Tribune Roundup highlights the week from the State Capitol.

Creative Action works to use art and creative expression to reinvigorate young people’s love of learning.

“We use the arts to spark and support student’s social and emotional learning,” Sophie Hopkins, Director of Teen Programs at Creative Action, said.

Social and Emotional Learning, often referred to as SEL, is a priority in AISD. In the district SEL teaches “recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.”

On Sunday we once again air the Texas Political Roundup from Alana Rocha at The Texas Tribune.  This week, tensions over breakfast between Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus regarding Pre-K and ‘school choice’ legislation advances. The bill, by state Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood), would set up an initial $100 million in state tax credits for businesses that donate money to fund scholarships for special-needs and low-income students. The measure now goes to the House.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30. Our Saturday story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Q Night at the Movies April 25

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On Story Fargo & True Detective: Television Anthologies at 6:30 pm
True Detective director, Cary Fukunaga, and Fargo creator, Noah Hawley, discuss the rise of the television anthology series and how to execute a compelling balance of plot, character, and structure within the bounds of one season. Followed by Elaine Poon’s short film, Entrain about Laurent, a young man who absorbed in his own world, draws the attention of a fellow train passenger who shares his interest in rhythm, despite their obvious language barrier.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 7 pm
This documentary examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

Feature Film: Gone with the Wind at 8 pm
A fiery Southern belle struggles to return her family’s estate to its original magnificence after the Civil War.

American Graduate Champion: Christel Sullivan

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

christel-sullivanToday’s Champion is Christel Sullivan. Christel is a teacher at Harmony School of Excellence. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Not only is she a wonderful teacher, she also takes the time to connect with the students and really give them a different way of education.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Science Night April 29

Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 pm
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.

Nova Manhunt: Boston Bomber at 8 pm
Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack?

Sahara with Michael Palin A Land in the Sand at 9 pm
Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. There is no easy way to do it. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his very best. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of civilization, trade, commerce and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.

Highlights April 26-May 2

KLRU Highlights

Sister Julienne questions the nature of absolute faith when she meets a Christian Science couple who refuse medicine for their newborn on Sunday’s episode of Call The Midwife at 7 pm.

On season 3, episode 5 of Mr. Selfridge at 8 pm Sunday, a new Head of Display arrives, and manages to both infuriate and delight the staff. Both Gordon and Mr. Grove adjust to personnel changes, as the young heir narrowly avoids a scandal.

Anne gives birth to a baby girl, failing to produce Henry’s longed-for male heir. Cromwell demands the nobility and church swear an oath acknowledging Anne as lawful queen, but will Thomas More agree? Find out on episode 4 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Race, class, culture – the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation. Airs Monday at 8 pm.

On the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, Monday at 9 pm, examines the war and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

At 10 pm Monday, Stateless follows the stories of Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years while awaiting a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States.

In May 1970, four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. The Day The 60s Died returns to that turbulent spring 45 years ago on Tuesday evening at 7.

Last Days in Vietnam recounts the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Nature Monkeys of Shangri-La, Wednesday at 7 pm, is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind.

Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack? NOVA Manhunt: Boston Bombers searches for the answers at 8 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

James Ellroy is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Don’t miss his appearance on Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Produced locally and created by hand, Gail Chovan’s rich, textural clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm profiles Chovan and her evocative, intriguing pieces.

Beginning at 8, Chet travels to historic Port Lavaca on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Kingsville, home of the legendary King Ranch.

On El Poeta, Friday at 9 pm, meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

Go for the bold with palms, large and small, that stand out in sun and shade on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, shade meets slopes where art and cozy patios frame serene contemplation under arching trees.

Alt.rock superstar Beck performs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The genre-hopping singer/songwriter plays songs from his album Morning Phase and some of his greatest hits.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Allison Rich

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

allison-richToday’s Champion is Allison Rich. Rich is a University of Texas Student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a Robotics Mentor for girls who are in The Lady Cans, an all girls robotics team located in the greater Austin area. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Allison is my mentor and she has helped me gain more confidence, improve my leadership skills, and helped me figure out what I want to do when I get older. She also encourages me to pursue what I love.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Jon Bailey

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

jon_bailey1Today’s Champion is Jon Bailey. Bailey is the assistant principal at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and works with students, staff, and parents. He also encourages students with the drumline and pushes students to do well and be responsible. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Other would benefit to know that there is someone out there that is teaching us what it means to be a young man. How to be responsible, good, and a future leader.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Alexander (Xander) Christou

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

alexander-christouToday’s Champion is Alexander (Xander) Christou. Alexander is in the seventh grade at Fulmore Middle school. He started an initiative, Hooked By Books, in which he partners with publishers to provide a free book to each child in an at-risk elementary school. He has a book review blog, foreverbookish.com, writes for well-known blog “Page to Premiere,” plays soccer, is member of Book People’s Teen Press Corps, attends book conferences & author events, and is the co-editor of school literary magazine. The recognition letter by the community said: “Xander’s pluck and social entrepreneurship is a lesson for all of us – that no matter what your age, you can be driven by your gifts and passions and share them with the world to make it a better place. Powerful voices come from every age, every corner of the world, every gender, race and creed. Just touching one life can make all the difference in the world, and setting goals and trying to reach them using creativity and compassion rather than keeping your gifts to yourself can start a fire that burns for a long time, both in yourself and in those you serve. Being proud of being “different,” being an individual and standing up for yourself takes guts and intelligence and grit.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Austin students included in PBS NewsHour Inaugural Student Reporting Lab Academy

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Screen shot 2015-04-21 at 10.11.00 AMTwo Austin students have been chosen to participate in the inaugural PBS Newshour Student Academy. Ben Root and Alex Trevino from Stephen F. Austin High School are among the 18 fellows selected by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (@reportinglabs) to participate in the first SRL Academy in Washington, D.C., this June and July. Middle and high school fellows will work alongside public media mentors to produce original news content. They also will help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

Fellows were chosen by a selection committee composed of the Student Reporting Labs staff and teachers.

“The students are coming from all over the country to celebrate their amazing journalistic accomplishments and help us build an even better program,” said Leah Clapman, Managing Editor, Education. “Our shared mission is to create learning experiences that inspire young people to be active citizens and solution-seekers.”

The 2015 SRL Academy Class (in alphabetical order):

Georgie Abbey, Royal Oak High School
Annie Collick, Royal Oak High School
Isabel Evans, Philip’s Academy Charter School
John Fabella, Maui Waena Intermediate School
Chloe Golan, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High
Evan Gulock, Royal Oak High School
Alexander Lischak, Trumbull Career & Technical
Alex Maxwell, Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Sydney Payne, Carlsbad High School
Keenan Penn II, Fraser High School
Alizah Rizvi, Philip’s Academy Charter School
Ben Root, Stephen F. Austin High School
Jakira Smith, Free Spirit Media
Giel Marie Tolentino, Maui High School
Alex Trevino, Stephen F. Austin High School
Nicholas Weiss, Cedar Crest High School
Zoe Whitney, Maui High School
Erykah Williams, Vista PEAK Preparatory

To learn more about the students, please visit the official SRL Academy Tumblr.

 

Stories of Service

KLRU Highlights

In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, KLRU presents programing throughout the month of May celebrating veterans and their families.

Operation Appreciation - May 21 at 9 pm, May 24 at 6 pm
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war.

Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family - May 22 at 8 pm
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House – May 22 at 9 pm
President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer will offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops and the often overlooked contribution of their families back home.

We Served Too: The Story of Women’s Air Force Service Pilots – May 24 at 1:30 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes…the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

Dick Winters: “Hang Tough” – May 24 at 3 pm
Hang Tough honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters. Emmy-winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. “Hang Tough” traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.

Day of Days: June 6, 1944 – May 24 at 4 pm
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful “Day of Days.” Cameras eavesdrop on their conversations as they vividly recall details from their ordeal – from the perils of the amphibious assault to the invasion’s gruesome aftermath. Their interactions with one another yield long-buried, and often painful, memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term “hero,” and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.

National Memorial Day Concert – May 24 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.

Homefront – May 25 at 8 pm
View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

Arts In Context: In Their Own Words – May 28 at 7:30 pm
Darden Smith had never had a real conversation with a U.S. military service member until he met Lt. Col. Fred Cale. He quickly realized that they had much in common – both were music lovers. Through this meeting, Smith realized that the divide between soldier and civilian was not what he thought it was. He saw the potential for music and songwriting to help soldiers transition back into civilian life. Songwriting With Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters. Equal parts cathartic release and creative endeavor, SongwritingWith: Soldiers offers a chance at healing to the people who need it most.