Education

Research At UTSA
10:23 am
Fri April 5, 2013

UTSA Reaches Capital Campaign Goal Two Years Early

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is quickly becoming a Tier-One research school and the university credits the support of the San Antonio community for speeding up the process.

UTSA received $5 million in pledges to match the H-E-B Faculty Research Fund gift, which supports the recruitment and retention of leading scholars and researchers.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:57 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feeding The Body And Mind At Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers

The garden and playground outside the northwest learning center is currently piled with dirt while the building is under construction.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A Pre-K 4 SA committee has voted to begin looking for vendors that will provide food services to the two model education centers, and city staffers want to erase the stereotype of traditional school lunches.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said there will be four food opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a late snack for extended day students.

"We're going to step away from that because we're not happy with the food from school districts at this point," Zanoni said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
7:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

A First Glimpse At Pre-K 4 SA Model Education Centers

One of two Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, located at Brooks City Base, will house all administrative offices for the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Policies and curriculum development have been underway for weeks. But for first time, the board members of San Antonio’s new early education measure, called Pre-K 4 SA, got to see some tangible proof their work is in motion.

Board member Bob Bevard, an appointee of District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, strolled through the northwest side model education center, a former Southwest Airlines calling center, on Tuesday and said, “This is cool.”

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Scholarships
4:20 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Association Of Hispanic Journalists Helping Get More Students Into The Field

SAAH

The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists continues to grow its scholarship fund and has, for the second year in a row, passed a benchmark in providing funding to college students.

Each year the San Antonio chapter strives to bring more deserving students into the profession. Communications Officer Javier Flores said that last year the organization was able to award $25,000 for the first time in its history.

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Career Education
9:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Doctors Visiting Area Schools To Dispel Myths, Encourage Medical Field

Radiologist Darlene Metter, M.D., (second from right) of UT Medicine San Antonio, shows a photo of an X-ray to fifth-graders at a local elementary school on National Doctors’ Day 2011.
UT Health Science Center

Tomorrow, 25 schools across San Antonio will have special visitors to talk about the medical field. Dr. Pam Otto is one of the visiting doctors and said she has talked to students in the past who have plenty of questions about what it takes to become a physician.

"You know, 'How long are you in school?’ and, 'What does all that take? What kind of grades do you have to have?' The cost always comes up. For the women, a lot of times – even though half the medical school class is women now – the young ladies often ask, 'Can I still have a family?'" Otto said.

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Education
4:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

State Sen. Patrick Reports To Greater Chamber On His Education Plans

Shane Meadows, pictured at San Antonio's 1st FIRST Competition in 2011. Sen. Patrick's bill would allow high school students to graduate with specialties in STEM and other areas.
Eileen Pace TPR

State Senator Dan Patrick gave a report to the Greater San Antonio Chamber’s education committee Friday about issues important to area business leaders.

Greater chamber members are keenly interested in programs that prepare students for jobs. Education Committee Chairwoman Denise Green said they heard from the senator on measures addressing dual credit, more funding for career education and replacing the school funding taken away in the last session.

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Teacher Training
5:25 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Google Grant Awarded To TIER Program At Northwest Vista College

The Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) at Northwest Vista College has been awarded a grant from the Google Computer Sciences for High School program.

TIER is an outreach program at Northwest Vista College to get younger students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and was awarded the money to give middle school teachers a gaming-type tool to use in teaching their regular classes.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Update: Board Putting Pieces In Place In Time For May Enrollment

Mayor Castro and former San Antonio mayors joined to support the Pre-K 4 SA initiative ahead of the November election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA board members are regularly seen gathering together around City Hall to work out hiring procedures, student enrollment and how the education centers will be managed.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the language in its job description for the professional development director as "preferred" master’s degree. Board member Bob Bevard suggested the word "preferred" diminishes the applicant pool.

Chair Elaine Mendoza said the board can assess what kind of candidates apply before deciding to amend the description to "required."

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Education Laws
9:31 am
Tue March 12, 2013

How Teachers Can Fail Chemistry But Still Teach It In Schools

State Rep. Mike Villarreal tutors a second grader at Herff Elementary School as part of his volunteer efforts through SA2020
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio Representative Mike Villarreal has filed a bill to bring transparency to licensing procedures for school teachers.

Right now teachers take a composite exam with several different parts – including all the core subjects – but as long as their overall score is passing, the teachers don’t have to pass all of those subjects to be certified to teach them.

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School Improvements
5:10 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bernal Proposes Easier Method To Approve Money For School Safety Projects

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal wants an easier method to approve safety improvements around city schools.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

School safety may be at the heart of nearly every project District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal advocates, but he said the rules for how the city spends money delay improvement projects.

Now he’s on a mission to change that.

"We can all agree that pedestrian safety around schools is a priority. No one's going to argue with that," he said.

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