KLRU receives CPB American Graduate community service grant

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has been awarded a $200,000 American Graduate community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant’s purpose is to raise awareness in Central Texas about the true costs of our youth leaving school before graduation, as well as efforts conducted in our region to reduce dropout rates.

High school graduation rates are an important indicator of the community’s health, and high dropout rates have serious economic consequences. The E3 Alliance, one of KLRU’s partner organizations, has estimated that the cost of a single class year of dropouts in Central Texas is $435 million. “The time, energy, and resources we invest now to address this challenge will pay important dividends in the overall social and economic health of our community,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and general manager of KLRU.

In a celebration and launch of the grant, KLRU is participating in CPB’s American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 27, and will host an all-day programming special from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will include national and local panels, content, and discussion regarding education and graduation topics and issues. Learn more about American Graduate Day.

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American Graduate Day 9/27

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American Graduate Day is a live national, multi-platform broadcast event focusing on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation. Watch KLRU for this special day of programming on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The day will focus on several topics that impact dropout numbers. KLRU will feature local panel discussions during each segment (panelists subject to change). The day will be moderated by Ben Kramer, KLRU’s Director of Educational Services, Vanessa Santamaria Dainton, Early Childhood Education Specialist, and Kennedy Huff, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab All-Star and Pflugerville High School Student.

10:00am-11:00am Early Education
Sue Carpenter, Senior Director, United Way’s Success By 6
Muya Hayes, Manor ISD
James Butler, AISD 2014 Teacher of the Year, Gullett Elementary School

11:00am-12:00pm Caring, Consistent Adults
Kevin Brackmeyer, Manor ISD Superintendent
Mary Libby, Former President, Texas Counseling Association / High School Counselor
Alfonso Longoria, McNeil High School Football Coach

12:00pm-1:00pm More and Better Learning
Richard Tagle, CEO, Andy Roddick Foundation
Temp Keller, Founder, WonderLab
Felicia Adams, STEM Teacher, University of Texas Elementary School

1:00pm-2:00pm Special Needs Communities
Key Richardson, Program Director, CASA of Travis County
Angie Tyler, Family & Juvenile Transition Services, The Arc of the Capital Area
Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education, Austin ISD

2:00pm-3:00pm STEAM
Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director, Creative Action
Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
Amanda Longtain, Director of Programs, Skillpoint Alliance

3:00pm-4:00pm Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance
Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO, Changing Expectations
Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison

4:00pm-5:00pm College and Career Readiness
David Laude, Sr. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management , University of Texas
Lynn Garcia, Board of Directors, Breakthrough Austin
Billy Harden, Head of School, Goodwill Excel Center

Pflugerville student participates in NewsHour reporting lab & American Graduate Day

Kennedy Huff is a participant in KLRU’s PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab project. She was selected as a Reporting Lab All-Star to attend the 2014 PBS Student Reporting Labs Workshop in Washington D.C. this summer. Huff will also be participating in American Graduate Day live on KLRU Sept. 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Kennedy huffKLRU asked Kennedy to tell us about her experience this summer at the NewsHour.

I didn’t expect that being named a member of the inaugural class of PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars would lead me to a White House Q&A with the executive director of the Joining Forces Initiative and a one-on-one conversation with presidential debate moderator and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill. But we’ll get to that later.

On August 7, I touched down in our nation’s capitol for the 2014 Student Reporting Labs Boot Camp, which included students and teachers from across the country. It was quite surreal to be in the same city as our Commander-in-Chief, and the city where journalistic greats Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein exposed one of the largest scandals politics has seen. I hoped some of the city’s magic would rub off on me over the next couple days.

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KLRU Kids Fall Schedule 2014

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KLRU’s fall 2014 lineup for kids includes the following highlights: KidsShowBlocks

  • WordGirl appears M-F at 6:30 a.m. for a great dose of vocabulary and fun before school!
  • The return of Clifford for a full hour on Sunday morning (8-9am), and Maya & Miguel on Saturday and Sunday (7:30am)
  • Sesame Street‘s 45th season with a full hour M-F (7-8am) and half-hour episodes at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, and 1-1:30 pm M-F

Get the full schedule of kids’ programming now

And as always, go to klrukids.org for hundreds of episodes, games, activities, and links to other powerful learning resources!

 

New KLRU Kids schedule starts 6/2

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On June 2, KLRU will have a new lineup during our children’s programming block from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The new schedule features back-to-back episodes of some of our viewers favorite shows plus the brand new series Space Racers. The weekend lineup will stay the same. Download a printable version of the new schedule
Here’s the new schedule:
Monday to Friday
6:30 am   Wild Kratts
7:00 am   Sesame Street
8:00 am   Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
9:00 am   Peg + Cat
9:30 am   Super Why
10:00 am Daniel Tiger (two back-to-back episodes)
11:00 am Dinosaur Train (two back-to-back episodes)
12:00 pm Signing Time!
12:30 pm Thomas & Friends (M-Tu-W) / Peep (Th) / Space Racers (Fri.)
1:00 pm  Peg + Cat
2:00 pm  Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
3:00 pm  Arthur  (two back-to-back episodes)
4:00 pm Wild Kratts  (two back-to-back episodes)
5:00 pm  Martha Speaks

KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

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On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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Pflugerville student received national recognition from PBS NewsHour

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Congratulations to Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff! Kennedy was chosen for the inaugural class of KLRU and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars and was honored by the staff of Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) for her accomplishment on May 1st.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Kennedy, along with 10 other students chosen from participating Reporting Labs schools across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to help teachers from around the country develop curricula and instruction strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that the youth voice is a part of the conversation around critical issues facing the nation.

PBS NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow says it’s important for public media to help build the next generation of reporters. “I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.

Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast as well as americangraduate.org. The Reporting Labs after-school club at Pflugerville High School has worked with KLRU.

“PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is just one of the many innovative ways that KLRU leverages content to provide students with real-life learning experiences and help them connect their education to future aspirations for long-term success,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO, KLRU. “We are delighted and proud that a student from our Reporting Lab is an All-Star.”

Student mentor and KLRU producer Lynn Boswell said, “It’s been exciting to see the number of schools and students participating in the program grow so quickly. These students are gaining strong skills that will be very valuable if they choose to pursue careers in journalism. But they’re also gaining tools to help them become informed citizens and thoughtful voters, no matter what careers they eventually choose.”

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

In addition to participating in the Reporting Labs club at Pflugerville High School, Kennedy is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the student broadcast staff. She models herself after Lisa Ling and Oprah Winfrey and aspires to one day host her own network show.

“Kennedy Huff is a shining example of what the Student Reporting Labs program represents: curiosity, civic engagement and hard work,” said Reporting Labs Producer/Program Coordinator Thaisi Da Silva.

Student Reporting Labs is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of the public media initiative, “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” which is helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates. Student Reporting Labs is also funded by National Science Foundation.

The Reporting Labs club at PHS is co-sponsored by Tamika Fagan, David Robb and James Ruiz.

 

In the Studio: Joel Klein tapes Overheard 3/4

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joel Klein
DATE: March 4
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am)
LOCATION:  KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

joel-klein-2x_267_192_80Joel Klein is CEO of Amplify, an education subsidiary of NewsCorp. He is the former chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Klein was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and held the position from 2002-2010. As chancellor he oversaw the country’s largest public school system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. Amplify’s mission is to “reimagine the way teachers teach and students learn” by using technology and tablets to help “teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction, so that students become more active, engaged learners.” Klein is in Austin for SXSWEdu.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Get past episodes and online exclusives at klru.org/overheard