Posts written by Stella M. Chávez

Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress


A student at Momentous Institute shows off a glitter ball. These balls help teach children how to cope with stress and anxiety.

Momentous Institute

A student at Momentous Institute shows off a glitter ball. These balls help teach children how to cope with stress and anxiety.

Here’s a question. Do you know the difference between your amygdala and the hippocampus? There’s a group of 3 year olds in Oak Cliff who do. And soon, pre-K children in Fort Worth may know, too. The district is teaming up with Momentous Institute in a new partnership aimed at teaching young children how to take care of their social and emotional health.

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Texas Teachers Face Financial Strain


On Friday, The Texas Tribune published a story about teacher pay and the challenges educators face in Texas. According to the piece, the average Texas teacher makes about $49,000 a year, which is about $8,000 below the national average. During the 2010-2011 school year, teacher pay in the state ranked 30th in the country, and two years later, it dropped to 35th in the nation.

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Patricia Martinez and Zharkynay Christian of the Nanotechnology Department at UT Dallas introduced a group of middle school girls to nanotechnology. The girls, who are in Girls Inc., participated in a two-week summer camp at Richland College and UT Dallas.

Middle School Girls Geek Out On Science At UT Dallas


About half of the U.S workforce is female, but only 1 in 4 jobs in STEM fields go to women. We checked out a summer camp at the University of Texas in Dallas that aims to get girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

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In Garland: Books, Games and Tips For Parents Help Kids Avoid The ‘Summer Slide’


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On Monday, we learned about how a kid’s knowledge and skills take a hit during the summer break and what Dallas is doing citywide to tackle that problem. Today, we look at how one school district – Garland – is fighting the “summer slide” by arming its kids this summer with more than 50,000 books.

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Keeping Kids Learning And Not Going Down The ‘Summer Slide’


Research shows that the summer break takes a toll on learning. Either kids aren’t doing much of it at home or they don’t have access to education programs or activities. In the first of two stories, we look at the “summer slide” and how Dallas is tackling it. Also, on Monday’s second hour of Think, host Krys Boyd spoke with a couple of education experts about this issue. You can listen to the podcast here.

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SMU’s Dedman College Gets New Dean


Southern Methodist University has named Thomas DiPiero as the new dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. DiPiero, who begins Aug. 12, will be a professor in the Departments of English and World Languages and Literature.

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Richardson teacher Leslie Hirsh Ceballos is one of 100 educators from around the country selected as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

Richardson Elementary School Teacher Recognized As A Digital Innovator


Leslie Hirsh Ceballos is not afraid to use technology in the classroom. She’s so good at it that PBS selected her as one of its 2014 LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The Richardson teacher is one of 100 educators tapped for the year-long professional development program.

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Students at International Leadership of Texas recently picked up the school's first yearbook. Some of the students say they've never seen a yearbook before and don't mind that it's not a digital book.

Class of ’17: Yearbooks Are Still Cool With These Digital-Savvy Teens


These days, kids are most likely to text each other or communicate with apps like Snapchat. They post photos on Instagram and they tweet what they’re doing throughout the day. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we talk to some students about how even in this fast-paced digital world, the printed yearbook is still an end-of-the-year highlight for some students.

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Rebecca McGuire (middle) is shown here with some of the children she taught in Seville, Spain as part of an international student teacher exchange at the University of North Texas.

Future Teachers Hone Their Skills Abroad


Nearly 20 percent of all Texas public school students don’t speak fluent English. The challenge for teachers is how to communicate with these students and help them learn. A group of future teachers from the University of North Texas got some practice recently by traveling to Seville, Spain.

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The Texas Tribune presented a daylong symposium on STEM education at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Attracting More Girls To STEM Fields


Getting kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math can be a challenge for teachers. It can be even more challenging if the students are girls. That’s just one of the many topics that came up during a discussion about tomorrow’s workforce at Texas Tribune’s Symposium on STEM Education on Monday.

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