American Graduate Champion: John Armbrust

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

john-armbrustToday’s Champion is John Armbrust. Armbrust is founder and Executive Director of Austin Achieve Public Schools, a new school in East Austin that serves some of the most at-risk students.The mission of Austin Achieve is college-readiness for all of students. The school currently serves over 400 students in 6-8th grade. The recognition letter submitted by the community said:  ”Many families, community members, and even city leaders are unaware of the disparity between public schools in our city. The more we can tell our story, the more we can work with community partners to change the tide of educational quality in East Austin. John has built a small but dedicated group of leaders in the business community, and has grown the school to already reach hundreds of families in northeast Austin.”

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.

In the Studio: Senator Bernie Sanders tapes Overheard 4/2

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on April 2 at 8:45am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

BernieSandersSenator Bernie Sanders is the junior senator from Vermont. He was re-elected to his second term in 2012. Sanders is the longest-serving Congressional Independent in US history. Before joining the Senate he served 16 years in the House representing Vermont’s at-large district. Senator Sanders identifies himself as a Democratic Socialist and is a champion of progressive causes. In 2014 he told The Nation he’s “prepared to run” for president in 2016.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Senator Bernie Sanders. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed as part of its Conversation Series. Tune in to watch or find more event information at texastribune.org/events.

American Graduate Champion: Wendy Phillips Sturdevant

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

wendy-sturdevantToday’s Champion is Wendy Phillips Sturdevant. Sturdevant attended Lake Travis ISD from kindergarden through high school. She returned to the school district initially as a high shcool math teacher and now as Associate Principal at Lake Travis High School. She has taught accelerated math and also helped challenged students pass the State Mandated Exams required for graduation. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Wendy was always available before and after school for student mentoring, tutoring and general guidance. {She is proof of} the powers of love, support, hard work, determination and going the extra mile can result in success and fulfillment.”

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.

 

American Graduate Champion: Tearsa Foster

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Tearsa Foster. Foster is a special education, social studies and ELA teacher at the Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. She has dedicated more than ten years educating and empowering students who have been viewed as troubled and unreachable. Foster meets the students where they are when they enter her classroom, but sets high expectations for them which makes them strive for excellence. The majority of her students are academically behind and have experienced very little success in an academic setting. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ms. Foster provides hope to all educators and parents. She works with adjudicated students who at times have learning disabilities and/or are emotionally disturbed, however she is able to reach them. Her approach in the classroom creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. It is a reminder to us all that sometimes it is not that the student cannot be reached, but that perhaps we simply need to take a different approach, and she does just that.”

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.

 

American Graduate Champion: Yesica Diaz

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

yesica-diazToday’s Champion is Yesica Diaz. Diaz is a College and Career Counselor at Eastside Memorial High School in Austin. She has 9 years of experience in the field and has counseled students in the following areas: dropout prevention, youth employment programs, career power programs, juvenile hall counseling, and college counseling. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Yesica is a great example that sometimes all it takes is just listening to youth and genuinely being there for them. Yesica is an example that it doesn’t have to take much simply the willingness to accept and be there for youth.”

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.

 

Q Night at the Movies March 21

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Mark Ruffalo “Foxcatcher” and Jessica Chastain “Interstellar”, Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” and Laura Dern “Wild”, Josh Brolin “Inherent Vice” and J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”, Kevin Costner “Black and White” and James Corden “Into the Woods”.

On Story A Conversation With Damon Lindelof at 7:29 pm
Damon Lindelof discusses his hand in some of the most celebrated and scrutinized works of science fiction over the past five years, and how much of their success is attributed to writing stories that leave a lot up to one’s imagination. Followed by Martin Rosete’s allegorical short film, VOICE OVER, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door at 7:56 pm
Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television’s most enduring stars. MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934, and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder’s film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944).

Roger Moore: A Matter of Class at 8:46 pm
Roger Moore has traveled from working-class South London to the Riviera’s glamorous St. Paul de Vence, from just another contract player to The Saint and 007, from struggling film extra to Hollywood superstar, from unknown office boy to UNICEF’s Ambassador-at-Large. Here is Roger Moore’s own story, as told by the famous actor himself.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 9:37 pm
Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin and Harry fully explore nearly a century of animation in cinema. After Maltin arrives in the magical basement via animator’s Max Fliesher’s hand, they discuss their childhood joy and love for a medium that still clearly inspires both of them. They chat about everything from early silent Russian cartoons to racially insensitive ones such as Disney’s Song of the South.

Film School Shorts Creature Comforts at 10:05 pm
Caterwaul (CalArts): An aging fisherman seeking closure over the death of his wife develops an unusual relationship with a lobster. A short film by Ian Samuels.
Josephine and the Roach (USC): A surreal, offbeat story about a cockroach who falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests. They make beautiful music together, but her brutish husband stands in the way of their happiness. A short film by John Langager.

American Graduate Champion: Ginger Morris

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

ginger-morrisToday’s Champion is Ginger Morris. As the creator of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, producer/director/choreographer of high school musicals and mentor to musical theatre Students, Morris has had an impact on many students. She is also the Education Manager at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the founder/ director of Texas Arts Project, a nationally recognized arts boarding camp at St. Stephen’s School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ginger works to make musical theatre not only accessible, but fun and memorable for young students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. You often hear in the news of budget cuts for the arts, and how young people lack exposure to theatre and music – but Ginger is making sure that doesn’t become a reality here in Austin. She is living proof that anything is possible if you work hard enough, and that giving back is part of what makes the arts community in Austin so incredibly special. She is truly an inspiration for lovers of the arts, lovers of teaching, and overall lovers of our city.”

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.

 

KLRU News Briefs: EdTech in Spotlight at SXSWedu, Senate and House Pass Key Bills

SXSWedu is turned 5 this year, and at this year’s conference everyone was buzzing about education technology. One session, hosted by EdTech Action Founder and CEO Scott Lipton and Manor ISD Chief Academic Officer Debbie Hester, brought together educators, developers, and people from education businesses, to figure out how to put more “ed” into EdTech. We take you inside the room on Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend – and in the video above.

Hester told us Manor ISD is proud to have a 1:1 student-to-iPad ratio in its schools. But, she said, there are different levels of implementation depending on the class and the teacher, which is something she’d like to see improved upon.

“There are sometimes things that are purchased for teachers and then we’re saying ‘Here you go, go and implement it.’ And if we don’t give the professional development, the opportunities to be able to say this is how it’s going to impact your [teaching] then there is a little bit of frustration,” Hester said. “That’s why today was so important to me because I learned ways to break down those barriers.”

Lipton’s group hosts the third largest EdTech meetup in the world here in Austin. The session at SXSWedu allowed more networking among people from across the country.

“There is no good technology without good implementation and good teachers,” Lipton said. “The outcome of this is for everyone to stop talking and take action around it. We all made commitments to take these things out into the world, to stay in touch with each other, and try to make some of these things happen.”

Our Sunday story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. In their weekly political Roundup, Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha looks back at key measures which passed in the Senate and in the House this week – including a “Campus Carry” bill and a border security measure. You can find that story here.

 KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. 

 

Highlights March 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 on Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Sunday.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents  she unlocks a powerful family secret about her biological parents on Independent Lens Little White Lie at 9 pm Monday.

American Masters Harper Lee at 10 pm Monday explores the life of Nelle Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries .

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of James A. Baker, III, a remarkable politician and statesman.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the controversy behind vaccines.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday shows the wildlife of The Shannon, Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river.

Nova “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 pm Wednesday breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the Austin City Limits sage Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm with his greatest hits and new material.

David Axelrod, political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Golden Hornet Project brings excitement and energy back to the world of classical music making it accessible to everyone on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

All ATX:  A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 8 pm Friday celebrates the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX British Invasion at 10 pm Friday.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 3/25

The week of March 25, KLRU presents the wildlife of Ireland and the secrets of the bible!

Nature Ireland’s Wild River at 7 pm
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

NOVA The Bible’s Buried Secrets at 8 pm
For the first time, more than a century of literary detective work and decades of archeological excavation in the Holy Land will challenge viewers with provocative new insights, including that most Israelites worshiped pagan gods and many believed that God had a wife, who was venerated as an idol. A story of science, history and faith.