Monthly Archives: October 2013

High School Juniors: NASA Wants YOU

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.

Filmmaker Talks About Documentary Featuring Latino Students

A new documentary airing next week on KERA-TV takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing Latino students, their families and educators. Bernardo Ruiz, executive producer of The Graduates/Los Graduados will be speaking with “Think” host Krys Boyd during the 1 p.m. hour of the show today. You can tune in on 90.1 FM or listen online.

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.

Watch Latina Student Faces Present Day School Segregation on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

Online Learning The Focus Of UT-Arlington Conference

Universities like Harvard and Stanford are offering online courses, also known as MOOCs, for free. UTA is hosting a conference on that topic in December.

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.

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Teacher-Turned-Playwright Makes The Stage A Classroom

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.

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Technical Hiccups Hinder Online College Applicants

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

Class of ’17: Finding A Way Through High School

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.

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Mckinney third-grade teacher Joli Barker and her students talk to an audience at Grand Prairie High School via a live webcast on Tuesday.

Talking and Teaching Technology

Digital learning sounds like a teacher’s dream. But tech savvy kids and their devices present a whole new set of challenges. On Tuesday, a group of about 200 educators from around the state participated in a summit to discuss the latest digital teaching tools and strategies at Grand Prairie High School. The event was organized by Discovery Education, the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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Schools Losing Librarians And Libraries



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.

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