On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief takes a look at AISD’s Creative Learning Initiative. AISD has partnered with MindPOP, an association of art educators in Austin, to bring arts and culture into the classroom. It’s a grant-funded program out of The Kennedy Center. For our story we visited Crockett High School, which implemented CLI at the beginning of this academic year.
The grant was written by the school’s fine arts teachers to further integrate arts into the core curriculum. Dr. Robyn Turner, Assistant Principal at Crockett, says the program has been successful thus far, and faculty and staff are enthusiastically implementing the initiative into their curriculum.
“We’re not doing CLI to teach to the test at all but it just so happens that creativity, imagination, [and] working together cause the mind to internalize a lot of what maybe they would not have internalized before,” Turner told us.
These CLI activities occur twice a week. Teachers attend professional development workshops to learn how to integrate CLI into their daily lesson plans.
Shana King, a biology teacher, said the initiative is a way to teach kids on a “emotional level.”
“It doesn’t seem like ‘creative’ would go with Biology but it really does,” King said. “We have the kids trying to make their own ideas and making machines out of their bodies to act out some really complicated scientific processes.”
You can watch the story online in the video above.
On Sunday, our story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha looks at the debate around Texas’ Hazlewood Act, which offers Texas veterans free tuition. The program has seen costs grow exponentially in the last five years after allowing veterans to transfer unused credit hours to their children and it could could be in trouble this legislative session if lawmakers fail to address funding issues. The story is part of the Tribune’s State of Mind series. You can watch the story online here.
KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Our Saturday story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx.