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How Are North Texas Teachers Inspiring Students? Find Out Tonight At 7 On KERA-TV


For a teacher, education is so much more than just taking attendance, assigning homework and administering tests; it’s figuring out creative ways to challenge and inspire kids.

Tonight at 7, KERA-13 will broadcast Teaching the Future: A KERA American Graduate Special. During the program, meet a group of cutting-edge North Texas teachers, see them in action as they bring their innovative approaches to the classroom and hear their thoughts on the future of education in a roundtable discussion led by KERA’s Krys Boyd.

Learn more about the teachers:

Maribel Cantu, Lewisville ISD

Teaching experience: 8 years
Innovation: Maribel has implemented interactive graphic organizers, student driven blogs and Project Based learning into her classroom. She is also a second generation teacher. As a Language Acquisition Specialist she serves as an instructional coach for other teachers at her campus.

Ted Munger, Dallas ISD

Teaching experience: 11 years
Innovation: Ted helps students with all 37 courses offered at Samuell’s Reconnect Center. Students work on their courses via computer courseware and can start or end a course at any time. Ted provides one-on-one assistance for each student and has created a safe, supportive and friendly environment for his students.

Kecia Dennis, Birdville ISD

Teaching experience: 5 years
Innovation: Kecia uses music in her classroom which helps students relax and clear their minds in order to receive new information. She has also used strategies enforced with Kagan (cooperative learning), QTEL (scaffolding and differentiation), CRISS (student-owned learning), and the John Collins Writing Program (writing across subjects).

Kevin Ng, Plano ISD

Teaching experience: 4 years
Innovation: Kevin is piloting an engineering curriculum for The University of Texas at Austin with another teacher and has participated in a research project to flip the classroom. He is also a 2013 recipient of the Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

Here’s a preview of tonight’s special:

As part of a national public broadcasting project American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, KERA is focusing on ways to keep kids on the path to graduation. This multiyear initiative to fight the dropout crisis will play out on all of KERA’s platforms, with news stories and community outreach through radio, television, web sites, social media and events.

For more education coverage from KERA, visit our Class of '17 blog.

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.