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Houston Student Receives National Award for Creating Literacy Program

Posted on · We learn about a literacy program called Reading Aces, which helps kids improve their learning skills and foster a love of reading. The organization was founded by Houston’s Brette Machiorlette, who was a sophomore at Lamar High School at the time. In January, Nickolodeon gave her its first HALO Effect award, which recognizes one deserving […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]

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Could Art Create Better STEM Students?

Posted on · There's a growing movement to incorporate the arts into STEM learning, an initiative called STEAM. A research project out of the University of Houston says bringing arts into the same fold as science, technology, engineering and math will increase the quality of graduates in those fields. We look at how integrating the arts would impact […]

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Turning STEM into STEAM, Houston Skiers, Into the Woods at Main Street Theater: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 11, 2014

Posted on · We sure do love our acronyms, don't we? We watch HBO, type LOL, eat PB&J. In education circles, an acronym of choice for some years now has been STEM – a reference to science, technology, engineering and math – four fields of study in which many would like to see the next generation of Americans […]

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Airport Traffic & Not-So-Snowy Snow Days: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Passenger increases at Houston’s airports; efforts to spur trade between Houston and South Africa; make-up days scheduled for Houston students who received “snow days” when it didn’t snow; and a study underway examining the health benefits of walking to and from new Houston transit stops: It’s The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston […]

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Online University Aims to Bring College to More People

Posted on · Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online. Out of this meeting, a non-profit […]

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Allergies & Asthma, A New Approach to Online Educ. & Recovering from Amnesia: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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After School Program Teaches Houston Youth to Make and Build

Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.

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Asian-Americans, Good Bad & Ugly in Houston News & Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Fri., Jan. 31, 2014

Posted on · Today is the Lunar New Year. (Happy Year of the Horse!) Many organizations around Houston are hosting events to ring in the traditional Chinese New Year. In light of these celebrations, on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how Houston’s Asian-American community contributes to our economy and culture. We’ll also talk with an official […]

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What Are the Virtues of Alternative Education — Montessori, Homeschooling & Online?

Posted on · You may have heard that this is "School Choice Week" – it's an awareness campaign to promote alternative education options. Some see that as code for school vouchers. For others, it represents a desire to highlight the fact there are lots of educational options out there. It's with the latter in mind that we highlight […]

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What Are the Implications for Houston & Texas in State of the Union Address?

Posted on · The President addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address, which have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star state. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Amid […]

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Answering Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · If you’ve got kids, you probably have questions about their health that you haven’t had time to ask your doctor. Well, here’s your chance to get some answers — without the copay. We welcome your children's health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She's an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health […]

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Houston Chamber Choir Event Gives Young Voices A Chance to Be Heard

Posted on · For the last 15 years, the Houston Chamber Choir has been hosting a school choral evening. The idea being an opportunity to hear the future voices of the Chamber Choir itself, but also to give these kids another platform to sing to the general public. This year features Flos Cantuum from St. Theresa's Catholic School […]

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Houston Home Sales, HISD Literacy Plans, & Reasons Not to Move to Austin? The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · An all-time high in Houston home sales, modifying HISD’s literacy plans, and reasons not to move to Austin? It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. Our panel of decided non-experts this week are: Kyrie O’Connor of the Houston Chronicle, Dianah Dulany of ComedySportz Houston, and Frederick J. Goodall, author of parenting […]