Summer Learning Day with KLRU Kids!

28314200065_ccf1e7b6ab_zKLRU Educational Services visited three partner sites yesterday to deliver summer learning fun to kids. All received an armful of fun summer learning materials, including PBS Kids activity books, picture/chapter books, puzzle cubes pointing to free KLRU/PBS Kids apps and websites, and Pete the Cat headbands!

Summer Learning Day is a national event led by the National Summer Learning Association designed to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.

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Resources for the dog days


If you have been hearing this as of late (or maybe since school let out), realize that letting kids remain bored for a while can actually lead to them developing their own creative solutions. If you have given that a try and a) your home is damaged as a result; or b) they really need help finding something new to do, check out this link:


KLRU Kids Cake

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We aIMG_7854-KLRUre amazed at this three-tier “chocoflan” from the kitchen of Anacleta and her daughter Adriana. They made it to help celebrate their graduation from KLRU’s Play to Learn program at Padrón Elementary in Austin.
This school year, we have had over 200 participants in Play to Learn, a ten-week program for adults and their children ages 2-4 in which they explore a variety of ways to have fun together in activities that are great preparation for future school life. Along the way, they pick up lots of resources to continue the fun at home and on the go, including books, paints and markers, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab loaded with educational apps.

We love Play to Learn, we love Anacleta and Ana, and we love cake!

Austin Teacher Receives National PBS Recognition!


2013 ADE North America InstitutePBS LearningMedia has just announced its 2016 National Digital Innovators, and for the second consecutive year, an outstanding faculty member from Westlake High School is on the list. Lisa Johnson is Westlake HS’s Educational Technologist, helping teachers fold cutting-edge digital media into instruction and student creations. Her passion for teaching + technology has resulted in her alter ego “TechChef.” As TechChef, Lisa maintains a TechChef4u blog, Co-hosts “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and has co-authored the professional development ebook “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.

As a LEAD Innovator, Johnson will travel to Denver to meet with Digital Innovators from across the country in order to share practices and advise PBS LearningMedia on effective uses.

Johnson’s own boys have grown up with Dinosaur Train, WordWorld, and Curious George. Her latest LearningMedia favorite is the Masterpiece Collection, both the original version and the Pinterest variation.

PBS-LearningMedia-Vertical-High-ResView the complete list of 2016 Digital Innovators here.

PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Currently, the site has over 100,000 resources from the PBS Archives and other important sources such as the National Archives. Learn more about this program at


Update (April 13, 2016): An additional five local educators have been named Digital Innovators as well for 2016-2017. They are:

  • Mitch Fairchild – Sci-Tech Preparatory, Austin
  • Claire Grant – Lanier High School, Austin ISD
  • Diane Hance – Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • Angela Tackett – Harmony School of Political Science and Communication, Austin
  • Ryan Torbey – Harmony School of Science, Austin

This group will receive one free year of online professional development options from PBS LearningMedia.

Caring, consistent adults key to child success


Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement, and the greatest difference comes from adults who are both caring and consistent in their learners’ lives. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference for kids of all ages. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

Watch videos about the difference adult participation can make.

KLRU partners that have mentorship programs and other ways adults can get involved:

African American Youth Harvest Foundation
American Corps Austin
Ann Richards School Foundation
Austin Chambers
Austin Partners in Education
Austin Voices for Education & Youth
AVANCE – Austin
Bastrop Education Foundation
Big Brother, Big Sister
Boys & Girls Club
Boys to Men Mentoring
Breakthrough Austin
Change Happens
Changing Expectations
Claim Your Destiny
College Forward
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Con Mi Madre
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA
Creative Action
Explore Austin
Foundation Communities
Girl Start
Life Works
Media Awareness Project
Partnerships for Children
Project Males
Seedling Foundation
Southwest Key Programs
The Settlement Home
Upward Bound at Texas State University
Urban Roots

Early education sets standard for future success


Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference in early childhood education in our area. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

KLRU Kids has games, videos and much more to help kids find a love for learning.

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

KLRU Partners offering early childhood resources:
ACC Children’s Lab School
Any Baby Can
Child Inc
Extend a Care for Kids
JCC – Jewish Family planning
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
One Voice
Open Door
KLRU Smart Screen Time
KLRU Smart Screen Time (Spanish version)
SSP Early Childhood Education
United Way

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation


The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions helping students on the pathway to success. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

Watch videos about students on the path to success.

KLRU partners helping build pathways to success:
Advise TX
American Youthworks
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin Asian Chamber
Austin Can Academy
Austin Community College
Austin Council PTA
Austin Partners in Education
Better Make Room
Changing Expectations
College Forward
E3 Alliance
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber
Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
One Voice
Phoenix House
Ready by 21
Skill Point Alliance
The Goodwill Excel Center
University of Texas at Austin

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SXSW Film: AISD American Graduate Champions

AISD student film


Students from various high schools in AISD produced the video above.

KLRU is thrilled to be a part of a collaboration with AISD through our American Graduate work. Seventeen student filmmakers from seventeen AISD high schools tell the stories about the “champions” who have supported, challenged and encouraged them in their academic and personal journeys.

The film captures the richness and diversity of life in AISD high schools and the dedication of the teachers, coaches, families, and community members who inspire students every day. The film will be premiered at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse and the student filmmakers will be part of a panel discussion with moderator Hema Mullur from KEYE. We are proud that youth is helping tell the story of American Graduate and the importance of shining light on “champions.”

Do you know an American Graduate Champion? If so, take the time to recognize your champion at:

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