NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is taking applications from Texas juniors for its scholarship program known as HAS – The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. It will offer a summer program at Houston’s Johnson Space Center and other online chat and information groups.
NASA wants students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers.
Check out the NASA site (with a link to the application page) here.
The two-part, two-hour film is part of national public media’s American Graduate initiative, in which KERA is involved. The show will air Monday at 9 p.m. on KERA-TV, Channel 13. You can watch the trailer here.
Universities like Harvard and Stanford now offer free online courses, also known as MOOCs. UTA is hosting a conference about this new way of learning in December.
The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting a conference about online learning in December with the help of a $97,200 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event will bring in speakers from universities around the country that offer massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs.
Online education has become a bigger topic of conversation in recent months as students find economical ways to get a college education and top universities try to reach more students. Several prestigious schools like Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are now offering online courses for free.
The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.Dan Quinn is with the Texas Freedom Network, the group that rallied against the alteration of th
Playwright and actor David Marquis (right) goes over his play ‘I Am A Teacher’ with Brian Witkowicz, who plays the teacher in part two.
Austin Tindle plays the teacher in part one of ‘I Am A Teacher.’ Tindle is programs and office manager for the advisory board at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.
On stage, Brian Witkowicz stars in part two of ‘I Am A Teacher.’ Off stage, he’s a drama teacher at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie.
David Marquis (left) talks with the directors of ‘I Am A Teacher.”
David Marquis has spent nearly 40 years writing and performing three installments of his one-man play ‘I Am A Teacher.’ He draws from that experience in the classroom, diving into education issues that are as relevant today as when he wrote part one in 1976. The three plays will be performed as a trilogy for the first time this weekend at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas.
The Common Application program is supposed to help high schoolers apply to multiple colleges via the web. But owing to software snafus, some students haven’t been able to apply to schools or correctly send text or process credit card charges, among other problems. That’s according to The New York Times.
It’s a problem that arose at this week’s school board meeting in Plano, where the Dallas Morning News blog reported the district’s high number of advanced-placement test takers makes the district the “envy of the nation,” at least according to a Plano ISD representative.
Plano school officials say they’re helping students overcome the problems.
Chance Hawkins gets help going to and from his classes from campus monitor Gloria Harris.
Chance Hawkins works on a test in his English 1 class.
Chance Hawkin’s English teacher explains a question on his test.
Chance Hawkins scans the the lunch room at Dunbar High School. Chance sometimes sits with his sister and her friends or roams the room.
In KERA’s Class of ’17 series we’ve been featuring students as they begin their journey through high school. For Chance Hawkins, that trip has been bumpy. Chance, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, started the year at Cassata, a small, private Catholic high school in Fort Worth. But he didn’t stay long. He has since transferred to a big public school, Dunbar High. His story shows the challenges schools face in adapting to a student’s special needs.
Joe May is the sole finalist for chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, school officials announced today.If the district's Board of Trustees approves the nomination, May would take over for Wright Lassiter Jr., who retires on Dec. 31 after 27 years with DCCCD.
Can you imagine a school without a library? It’s not unheard of in Houston, where the number of school librarians has dwindled due to budget cuts.
Apparently, fewer librarians and libraries, too, is a statewide trend. The Houston Chronicle reports that since 2009, the number of certified school librarians in Texas has dropped 10 percent. Some campuses have also had to close their libraries.
The problems facing school libraries are not unlike the challenges that bookstores and public libraries have been grappling with in recent years. As more people resort to e-books, all of these places are trying to figure out how they can stay relevant.
Has this happened in your school? If so, what’s been the response of parents, students and teachers? Have schools come up with creative solutions? Comment below.