KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series. Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care. After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX. To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”

Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!

Photos from the event:

Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.

PBS Teachers Live! Webinar: "The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness"

Join PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. CT for “The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness,” with PBS producers and curriculum experts.

During this event, filmmaker David Grubin will show clips from his new film, The Buddha, and talk about making the film and what he hopes audiences, particularly teachers and students, will take away from it.

Mirabai Bush, Associate Director and Senior Fellow at The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, will speak about using the film to teach about the Buddha’s life and teachings and present research related to the effects of mindfulness on learning. Educator Peter Brown will share his experiences teaching about the Buddha in a Comparative Religion course, and Dr. Amy Saltzman will discuss methods for teaching mindfulness.

Participants will also enjoy a tour of the companion website for the film, including an overview of educational resources

Note: At the close of every live Webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to request a Certificate of Participation.

To Join the Webinar, Click the Link: Online at Elluminate Live!

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Note: You will need to install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player to view video for this presentation.

KLRU Hopes to End March Drive Early

The March Fundraiser is our most important on-air drive each year. This year we’re trying to raise $340,000 by March 28th, and we’ve committed to ending the drive as soon as we reach our goal. Putting on the drive involves every department at KLRU. It’s a busy month, but everyone at the station pitches in to make everything run smoothly.

Up to 30% of the donations we receive during the drive will come via the KLRU’s website. That’s much higher than the national average of 10%. We’re excited this year, because the March Drive coincides with the launch of KLRU’s brand new website. You don’t need to wait to support a program, and get a thank you gift. While you’re here, watch episodes of your favorite PBS programs using our new video player.

Kodosky Foundation Funds KLRU Arts Series

The Kodosky Foundation, managed by philanthropists Gail and Jeff Kodosky, have provided $10,000 in funding for KLRU’s INCONTEXT series. KLRU is deeply grateful to the Kodosky’s for this generous gift to further Arts in Central Texas and broaden exposure to all that Austin ahs to offer in artistic expression. This series of specials in 2010 features Choral Arts, Jazz in Austin – which airs Thursday, January 28th at 8:00 PM – and specials on the visual arts in Central Texas, Ballet Austin’s The Bach Project and an exploration of classical guitar and the 2010 International Classical Guitar Conference in June.

January 2010: NATURE "Hummingbirds"

NATURE: Hummingbirds
Sunday, January 10 at 7pm.

Hummingbirds represent one of nature’s most interesting paradoxes — they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Check out some of the locations that filmmaker Ann Prum visited during the making of Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air.

Contest: Can You Name Every Species?

Watch the episode, then try to identify all 46 species pictured, and you could win a copy of Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air on DVD.

Exclusive Breakfast with David Brancaccio

KLRU’s Producer’s Circle donor group is hosting a member’s breakfast with David Brancaccio, this February. David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of NOW on PBS, public television’s award-winning newsmagazine of investigative reporting and in-depth interviews. A broadcaster for 33 years, Brancaccio worked alongside the legendary journalist Bill Moyers at NOW, before flying solo beginning in 2005. His journalism has won the three top awards in broadcasting: the George Foster Peabody, the duPont-Columbia, and the Emmy.

To learn more about how you can attend this and future Producers Circle events, visit the Producer Circle page or contact Sharon Guess at sguess@klru.org.

KLRU Receives CPB Funding

KLRU was recently awarded a sponsorship by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce a public media “unconference” in Austin in 2010. The meeting is expected to attract community organizers, bloggers, tech developers and public media staffers and will be called PublicMediaCamp Austin. KLRU’s Director of Development, Shane Guiter will organize the event on behalf of the station.

In addition to providing seed funding, CPB paid for KLRU to attend the original PublicMediaCamp in Washington, D.C. in October. Over two days, more than 250 attendees discussed ways that technology can be used to strengthen the relationship between local communities and their PBS/NPR stations. Attendees were encouraged to upload session presentations, notes, images and videos to the PubCamp’s wiki for future reference.

So what is an unconference? According to this post at the PBS Media Shift blog, the format creates a “blank slate” for attendees to identify shared issues, projects and learning opportunities.

December 2009: Biscuit Brothers Special

The Biscuit Brothers Special
Sunday, December 20 at 5 pm.

Musical Celebrations – Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Hispanic tradition, birthdays and other holidays and celebrations are explored after Tiny Scarecrow accidentally releases all the holiday melodies from Melody Garden. This song filled special shows how a “holiday” can be a good time to learn about other cultures and traditions and a great time to share your culture and traditions with others.
Merry Musical Christmas – The whole family will sing and laugh along with this heart-felt musical nod to traditional Christmas specials of the past. Join the Biscuit Brothers and company on Christmas Eve as they use music to celebrate on the magical, musical farm and try to cheer up Tiny Scarecrow who sits high atop Symphony Barn waiting for snow.

Watch a preview of the Biscuit Brothers Special here.

Cyberchase at Austin Children's Museum

School groups who visit ACM this fall will explore the new Cyberchase: The Chase is On! exhibit through January 23, 2010. Based on the award-winning animated math series, the exhibit recruits K-5 students to join the CyberSquad¹s action packed adventures using math reasoning and problem-solving to thwart Hacker¹s evil plans to conquer Cyberspace.

Downloadable resources include exhibit experiences correlated to NCTM standards and bilingual instruction sheets for pre/post activities.

We Want Your Feedback!

January is Music Month! We invite you to preview portions of the upcoming PBS program SOUND TRACKS: MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS and respond to questions regarding the application of this content in your classroom. This is your opportunity to provide us with input before the educational content is developed! Watch the preview here.