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The Rio Grande, Past, Present & Future

Jul 17, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Grande

Sat. 7/19, 9am:  The Rio Grande is the heart of New Mexico. We'll learn how the river looked in the past, what it's doing now, and what we can expect for the future. The Rio Grande stretches a magical 2,401 miles, from its source in Colorado, all the way to the far southern border of the United States. Joining us is Jennifer Scheutz from the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project.  Plus, the cast of James and the Giant Peach will roll through the studio.

Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus

Jul 3, 2014

  

A Taos High School Advanced Placement English teacher has turned down a $5,000 bonus from the state education department, criticizing Governor Susana Martinez’s education initiatives.

When Francis Hahn received a letter from the Public Education Department informing him that his application for a stipend for teaching AP students had been approved, he was confused. The literature and composition teacher had never heard of the bonus, so he made some calls and found out the reward was based on his students’ AP test scores from a couple of years ago.

Internet Media Literacy for Kids

Jun 26, 2014
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Sat. 6/28, 9am:  How safe are kids online?  Learn with the Media Literacy Project about internet safety and media literacy for kids of all ages.  We'll explore what social media safeguards are in place, and what you need to do to keep your privacy and safety intact.  

Lawsuit: Parents Demand More Money For Education

Mar 24, 2014
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Parents frustrated by a lack of funding for public schools filed a lawsuit this week against the state of New Mexico, saying it's violating the constitution by not providing enough money for education. 

Gail Evans, director at The Center on Law and Poverty, says the state constitution mandates that schools are required to provide sufficient and uniform education to all students. A bipartisan report from 2008 showed that schools across New Mexico were underfunded by 15 percent. Since then, funding has been cut even further.

Green Roofs & What is a Scientist?

Mar 19, 2014
Ed Caldwell / sunset.com

  Sat. 3/22, 9am:  We'll explore what is a scientist and what do scientists do all day?  Plus we'll talk about Green Roofs, and how growing plants on our buildings helps the environement.  

Hug an Engineer Day!

Feb 19, 2014
Katie Stone

 

 2/22, 9am:  It's National Engineering Week, and we are honoring engineers among us, including Senator Martin Heinrich who will join us in the studio along with folks from Explora Science Museum and the Fractal Foundation. 

Katie Stone

Fifth graders from Eugene Field Elementary School in Albuquerque were on the show January 25th, 2014 examining different points of view in relation to three holidays: Labor Day, Mexican Independence Day and Columbus Day. There's two sides (at least!) to every story.

    

Celebrating Black History with Hakim Bellamy

Feb 10, 2014
Justin Thor Simenson / http://hakimbe.com

  2/15, 9am: Albuquerque's Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy will celebrate Black History Month with us with plenty of poetry and stories about the childhoods of famous black leaders. Plus This Day in History, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and our calendar of family friendly events. 

Media Literacy for Kids

Feb 7, 2014
http://medialiteracy.org

2/8, 9am: Kids will learn media literacy skills this Saturday with the lessons brought to us by the Media Literacy Project. 

UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.: SJR 12 is stuck in committee. A measure that would tie the state's minimum wage to inflation passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House.

Today marked the start of the legislative session and Celebrating Children and Youth Day at the Roundhouse.

GET SPACED OUT ON THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

Nov 8, 2013
Credit: Adam Block / http://CaelumObservatory.com

Sat. 11/9, 9am:   

Get spaced out with us on The Children's Hour, where we'll learn about Comet Ison and the many opportunities you have to see it. Folks from the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give us information about this comet, and the two others in our skies right now. Plus, we'll have the good people from Recycle Santa Fe with all you need to know about the nation's largest and oldest recycled art market. Join us at 9am, every Saturday morning!

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Governor Susanna Martinez announced a new program yesterday offering some New Mexico teachers an extra $5,000 if they agree to work in a struggling school or increase the number of students passing advanced placement courses. 

The stipends will be awarded to about 100 teachers who agree to move from a school with an A or B grade to one with a D or F. An additional 300 teachers instructing Advanced Placement classes will also be eligible for the incentive.

Institute Of American Indian Arts To Launch MFA Program

May 10, 2013
Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts will launch its first graduate program this summer. The Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing will be the first program of it’s kind at any tribal college in the nation.

The two-year program will focus heavily on writing in a number of genres, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, or IAIA, says there are nearly 30 candidates admitted for the program, which officially opens at the end of July.

Dropping Out is a Drag

Oct 27, 2011

10/27 at 11am: Statistics show that Native American students drop out of school at twice the rate of their non-Native peers. Whether they live on the reservation or off, Native American students are choosing to leave school because their needs are not being met by the schools they attend or because of difficulties in their personal lives at home. 

Tribal Leaders and Education

Oct 25, 2011

Wed. 10/26 at 11a:  The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is holding its annual convention in Albuquerque, NM. One of the key questions at the conference is, “are tribal governments and tribal leaders ready to support the education of their tribal members?”

Single-Sex Education: Fix or Folly?

Nov 12, 2009

In the last eight years the number of U.S. public schools offering all-boys or all-girls classes has skyrocketed from about 11 to well over 500. So far, very few of those are in New Mexico. Supporters say, with boys falling behind, single sex education is an issue of social justice. Others say it's nothing short of illegal.

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