KLRU joined the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) of Austin on Nov. 21 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Flores Education & Training Center at the Meadowbrook Apartments. HACA and B&GC will make this our fifth and final partner for the Ready To Learn Demonstration Station grant.
HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke and cut the ribbon on the new center. The center features classrooms for youth and adult education programs, a community library, an outdoor amphitheater, computer lab, outdoor green spaces, a video and sound production lab and more.
KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and HACA, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families!
Congratulations to the Méndez family for winning the Thomas the Train door prize!
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2014, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm: NATURE “A Sloth Named Velcro” In 2000, in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story of Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life..
Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm: NATURE “Leave It to Beavers” explores how beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands..
Russell Bridges, Manager, Community Affairs of 3M Austin and Kim Price, VP of 3Mgives from St. Paul visited Wooten Elementary on October 9th, 2014. KLRU’s Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program was in session so Russell and Kim got a chance to see Wooten’s 5th grade “Big” buddies reading, writing, and working with their Kindergarten “Little” buddies to improve their vocabulary and literacy skills. Thank you 3M!! (Photo: Camy Young, Angelo San Segundo, Russell Bridges, Kim Price, Bernardo Martinez and Lynn Cipriano)
Below is a short video we produced to celebrate the completion of a prior Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program at Wooten, and to thank 3M for their support.
KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club East performed an inauguration ceremony during their “Kids Day.” The inauguration celebrated the installment of a new digital learning center “The Demonstration Station.” It features 16 mini iPads that are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and over 50 apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. The Demonstration Station also includes other supporting equipment such as a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, a PA system, and an iPad compatible printer. KLRU will be providing staff training in fun PBS curriculum to enrich B&G Club’s current out-of-school program.
KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club East, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families.
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In October 2014, we have the following lined up:
Monday, October 13 at 9pm: Independent Lens “Bully” highlights the challenges faced by bullied kids, “Bully” shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with “kids will be kids” cliches, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.
Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm: NATURE “Animal Misfits” shows that alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival but demonstrate that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.
Wednesday, October 29 at 8pm: NOVA “First Air War” joins a team of aviation buffs as they uncover the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines and explores how their impact played a key role in the nightmare slaughter of the Western Front.
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2014, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 pm: NOVA encores“Ghosts of Machu Picchu.”Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 when Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham and continues to the present.
Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm:The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities in the entertainment and communications industries.
Each Friday at noon, KLRU kids can hop on a spaceship to Stardust Space Academy on the new NASA-developed kids series Space Racers. With personified spaceship characters, preschoolers will have fun learning about scientific investigation and observations, technology, the solar system and more! In addition, Space Racersnow has a wonderful website spaceracers.org that includes episodes, games, and printables! KLRU is proud to carry this fantastic new show for those who think and dream of the universe!
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:
“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.”
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.
The wait is over! KLRU-TV is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Julie Hildebrand of Austin has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.
As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum, and attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!
We could not be more proud to represent Julie Hildebrand and launch a year-long partnership to drive innovation in our local classrooms, as well as classrooms across the country. We look forward to sharing more information about how we will be celebrating this exciting achievement and for updates on Julie Hildebrand’s impact as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. In the meantime, learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe!