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Teaching The Future: An American Graduate Special Airs Tonight

From top left: Maribel Cantu of Lewisville ISD, Ted Munger of Dallas ISD, Kecia Dennis of Birdville ISD and Kevin Ng of Plano ISD.

Teachers have a huge responsibility as they prepare students for the future. Tonight, you’ll hear how they do that in Teaching the Future, the second installment of a two-episode television series focused on education in North Texas.

The show airs at 7 p.m. on KERA TV. It features a roundtable discussion moderated by KERA’s Krys Boyd and one-on-one interviews with teachers Maribel Cantu of Lewisville ISD, Kecia Dennis of Birdville ISD, Ted Munger of Dallas ISD and Kevin Ng of Plano ISD. They’ll discuss how they’ve used music in the classroom, piloted a new engineering curriculum and incorporated other innovative ideas to connect with students.

The series is part of KERA’s larger American Graduate initiative, a public media project that explores the high school dropout crisis. The first episode, Students Speak Out, aired last August. We’re also following a diverse group of North Texas students as they make their way through high school in the Class of ’17 project.

Watch a trailer for tonight’s episode below. And as you watch, be sure to tweet using #TeachingtheFuture.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.