Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall 1/13

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.

DATE: January 13th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.

This townhall will be taped to air on January 22nd at 9 pm on KLRU.

This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.

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Aaron Higdon, Dahlstrom MS Teacher, wins Get Your Tech On Sweepstakes

KLRU Educational Services congratulates Aaron Higdon, the Gateway to Technology teacher at Dahlstrom Middle School in Buda. Aaron recently received a Samsung Galaxy tablet and a PBS LearningMedia Custom account. Here, he gives us some background and how he incorporates technology:

This is my 11th year as a teacher, two years in Houston ISD and nine in Hays CISD.  I taught middle school science, then math, now STEM.  This is my 4th year teaching STEM.

My students use Google apps all the time.  Each student has a gmail account that is managed through the district.  they use Google drive (and all the apps with that).  They’ve created Google sites to make engineering portfolios.  And, we’re now using Google Classroom to manage assignments and feedback.  We occasionally use other apps like Kahoot! on student devices.

Like Julie Hildebrand, our 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, we salute Aaron and his work, and we encourage all educators to submit an application now to be a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

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Recognize a Champion!

KLRU wants to share the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re asking for your help to find these stories.

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.

Do you know an American Graduate Champion? Fill out our short form to give us details about their contributions to our community. KLRU will feature all Champions on our American Graduate website. We will select a few Champions to be featured as part of our next American Graduate Day celebration in the Fall of 2015.

Spread the word by using #AMGRADTX

 

Map Your World Project and Tablet Grants

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Inspired by the PBS Independent Lens documentary The Revolutionary OptimistsMap Your World is an online and on-the-ground platform that empowers youth to make positive changes in their own communities. Young people everywhere can collect data, map the issues, share powerful stories, and become change agents, for free.

To help support young change agents and their projects, Map Your World is offering grants for Nexus 7 tablets, provided by Google, for teachers and facilitators. Applications for tablet grants must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

It’s inspiring! In Kolkata, India, youth tracked water points in their slum and convinced the local government to build the first clean drinking water line in over 30 years. In Oakland, California, middle school students are tracking cigarette litter and are lobbying the city to protect their urban wildlife refuge’s ecosystem. In Seattle, youth are mapping incidents of violence and bullying. The application deadline is December 1, 2014.   http://mapyourworld.org/#/teachers

 

Educator Webinar with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.!

As the next in our series of Get Your Tech On educator events, PBS LearningMedia is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard scholar and host of PBS’ Finding Your Roots, this Wednesday, 11/5 for a FREE webinar about how science and storytelling come together to reveal the rich histories of his guests. Invite educators to join and take local credit for providing direct access to this renowned scholar. A special thank you to Thirteen/WNET for making this event possible.

  • Finding Your Roots in the Digital Age | 11/5 at 6:30 pm ET | FREE Educator Event | Register Here!

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KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween

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KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween with several special programs!

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Monday, Oct. 27, at 8 am and 2 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 am and 2 pm
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin — a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George’s quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!

Thomas & Friends Tricks and Trails
Monday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 pm
When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That Trick or Treat
Monday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 pm
Nick and Sally are making Halloween masks, but they want to make them really scary.

SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid Of Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 am
It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go Trick or Treating with his friends!

Thomas & Friends Spooky Charms
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 pm
James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there’s a ghost at Ulfstead Castle.

Dinosaur Train “Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 am
Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween.

Arthur “D.W.’s Stray Netkitin / Bats In The Belfry”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3 pm
D.W. is panicked when a “Scary Clown” virus ruins the Read family computer. Who will take care of her virtual Netkitin pet? Arthur and D.W. are thrilled when Grandma Thora lets them turn her attic into a clubhouse.

Martha Speaks Giant Pumpkin
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 pm
Carolina finds a story that’s stranger than she bargained for.

Word Girl Tobey’s Tricks and Treats
Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 am
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween.

 

KLRU at the Texas Book Festival 10/26

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KLRU Educational Services will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! On Sunday, October 26th, from noon – 3 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog and KLRU’s Ed Services team will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th). Children can use our iPads loaded with learning apps and parents can find out about educational resources available from PBS.