American Graduate Champion: Tearsa Foster

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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.

Today’s Champion is Tearsa Foster. Foster is a special education, social studies and ELA teacher at the Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. She has dedicated more than ten years educating and empowering students who have been viewed as troubled and unreachable. Foster meets the students where they are when they enter her classroom, but sets high expectations for them which makes them strive for excellence. The majority of her students are academically behind and have experienced very little success in an academic setting. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ms. Foster provides hope to all educators and parents. She works with adjudicated students who at times have learning disabilities and/or are emotionally disturbed, however she is able to reach them. Her approach in the classroom creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. It is a reminder to us all that sometimes it is not that the student cannot be reached, but that perhaps we simply need to take a different approach, and she does just that.”

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: Yesica Diaz

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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.

yesica-diazToday’s Champion is Yesica Diaz. Diaz is a College and Career Counselor at Eastside Memorial High School in Austin. She has 9 years of experience in the field and has counseled students in the following areas: dropout prevention, youth employment programs, career power programs, juvenile hall counseling, and college counseling. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Yesica is a great example that sometimes all it takes is just listening to youth and genuinely being there for them. Yesica is an example that it doesn’t have to take much simply the willingness to accept and be there for youth.”

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: Ginger Morris

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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.

ginger-morrisToday’s Champion is Ginger Morris. As the creator of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, producer/director/choreographer of high school musicals and mentor to musical theatre Students, Morris has had an impact on many students. She is also the Education Manager at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the founder/ director of Texas Arts Project, a nationally recognized arts boarding camp at St. Stephen’s School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ginger works to make musical theatre not only accessible, but fun and memorable for young students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. You often hear in the news of budget cuts for the arts, and how young people lack exposure to theatre and music – but Ginger is making sure that doesn’t become a reality here in Austin. She is living proof that anything is possible if you work hard enough, and that giving back is part of what makes the arts community in Austin so incredibly special. She is truly an inspiration for lovers of the arts, lovers of teaching, and overall lovers of our city.”

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.

 

Highlights March 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 on Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Sunday.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents  she unlocks a powerful family secret about her biological parents on Independent Lens Little White Lie at 9 pm Monday.

American Masters Harper Lee at 10 pm Monday explores the life of Nelle Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries .

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of James A. Baker, III, a remarkable politician and statesman.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the controversy behind vaccines.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday shows the wildlife of The Shannon, Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river.

Nova “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 pm Wednesday breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the Austin City Limits sage Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm with his greatest hits and new material.

David Axelrod, political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Golden Hornet Project brings excitement and energy back to the world of classical music making it accessible to everyone on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

All ATX:  A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 8 pm Friday celebrates the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX British Invasion at 10 pm Friday.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

American Graduate Champion: Gabriel Estrada

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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.

gabriel-estradaToday’s Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Estrada directs Austin Voices for Education and Youth’s Stand Up Clubs and Project AIM after school  program, and assists with community organizing and school improvement  efforts. He worked for the Austin Independent School District for 20 years, 19 of those as a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Zavala Elementary in East Austin. While there, he was an active member of Zavala’s renaissance as a nationally recognized community-based school reform model. His efforts in Zavala’s turnaround included leading educator development, house meetings over issues brought forth from community members and teachers, and actively initiating programs that enriched the education of students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “In his 20 years of teaching, Gabe shepherded many a student and quite a few families to a pathway of academic success. Most of these families are Latino and low-income, and Gabe’s role as a mentor and trailblazer was significant. He believes in public education and its promise to give everyone the opportunity to be successful.”

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.

 

Voces returns to KLRU 4/17

Voces returns to PBS this April featuring a film by Austin filmmaker Hector Galán. Voces is PBS’ signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

Kicking off the series on April 17 at 9 pm on KLRU is Galán’s Children of Giant. Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting will host a preview screening with the director in attendance on April 2nd at 8 pm. Get more details and RSVP now.

Now en Español on April 24 at 9 pm explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts.

El Poeta on May 1 at 9 pm is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

A fourth film, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of Voces and American Masters. Keep watching KLRU for more details on airdates for this film.

Here are more details about each film in this year’s Voces series:

Children of Giant April 17 at 9 pm
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.

Now en Español April 24 at 9 pm 
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now en Español”follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.

El Poeta May 1 at 9 pm
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua,  Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta”transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Fall 2015
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. This film chronicles Guerrero’s art and relationship with other artists.

Screening: Children of Giant 4/2

Join KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a preview screening of Hector Galan’s new film Children of Giant.

DATE: Thursday, April 2
TIME: 7 pm reception, 7:30 pm film screening
LOCATION:  Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
(Admission is based on capacity.)

Galan will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A about the film. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. This film will air as part of the Voces series on PBS stations nationwide. Learn more about this year’s Voces presentations

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American Graduate Champion: Phillip Eaglin

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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.

phillip-eaglinToday’s Champion is Phillip Eaglin. Eaglin, a former middle/high school teacher is the Founder & CEO of Changing Expectations, which provides informal STEM education learning opportunities for youth. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Phillips is an active advocate for young men of color and the importance of education. He has a perspective on his work that is firmly grounded in his own history as a science classroom teacher and as a professional development provider for science and mathematics education as well as for systemic school improvement. Phillip is strongly committed to supporting the STEM teaching and learning of high-need, traditionally underserved student populations, their parents, and their teachers.”

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: Melissa Arasin

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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.

melissa-arasinToday’s Champion is Melissa Arasin. Arasin is a teacher at the International High School, a two-year program for recent immigrants in the Austin ISD. She becomes their motivator, translator, and she helps her kids explore the opportunities open to them in American society.  The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “The International HS does important work but it’s tucked away on the campus of the much better-known Eastside Memorial HS in far East Austin. Melissa would be lauded for her efforts no matter where she taught but the fact that she loves her work and the kids who come to her from around the globe keeps her plugging away.”

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: Ty Davidson

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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.

ty-davidsonToday’s Champion is Ty Davidson. Davidson is the principal at Travis High School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ty is warm, generous, compassionate, and most importantly, enthusiastic and possibilities and potential of his students and faculty. He brings a youthful energy and spirit to a job that can be incredibly taxing and at times, demoralizing.”

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.