The Hill Country Science Mill is worth the trip to Johnson City

On Saturday, my kids and I drove to Johnson City for the grand opening of the Hill Country Science Mill, a new regional science center. We spent all day, and my kids were totally absorbed with playing and learning. We’ll definitely… Continue Reading

F.T. reviews "Spare Parts" movie: Arizona teenagers take on underwater robotics challenge

  Back in April 2005, my future brother-in-law passed me a copy of WIRED magazine with a cover story, La Vida Robot, about an unlikely set of underwater robotics engineers—Latino teenagers from a low-income high school in Phoenix—competing against elite universities in a NASA-sponsored contest.… Continue Reading

Children's and young adult authors at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 5, 2014

The second annual San Antonio Book Festival, on April 5, 2014, will feature free activities and author showcases from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. I am looking forward to bringing my kids for the fun… Continue Reading

CLOSED [Giveaway] Family tickets to Halloween Spooktacular with the San Antonio Symphony

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. “My mom wanted me to have the ability to find something beautiful.” —Akiko Fujimoto, Associate Conductor, San Antonio Symphony Remember my earlier post about my birthday date night at the San Antonio Symphony? I also… Continue Reading

Diplomás one-year meeting at Café College: progress towards Latino college completion goals

Last year, this earlier post discussed the launch of Diplomás, a project to raise college completion rates by Latinos, funded in part by a grant from the Lumina Foundation. One year later, the participants met at Café College to discuss goals and evaluate… Continue Reading

Blogger party with IDEA Public Schools at Kiddie Park PicaPica

Yesterday morning, my blogger friends and I learned more about Choose to Succeed and IDEA Public Schools while our kids played at Kiddie Park PicaPica (earlier post) at a party sponsored by the George W. Brackenridge Foundation. As mentioned earlier, IDEA South Flores (go Owls!) has a recruitment… Continue Reading

“Won’t Back Down” continued

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales of ¿Qué Means What? was my source for tickets to the preview of “Won’t Back Down”. She’s published her own review: “Won’t Back Down – Review”, Melanie Mendez-Gonzales, ¿Qué Means What?, September 28, 2012. Melanie sums up the movie’s message: “Anything is possible… Continue Reading

“Won’t Back Down” movie review: A road map for parent activism

“Wait” means, “It’ll never happen.” So says Principal Thompson (played by Ving Rhames), the leader of the fictional Rosa Parks Charter School, a high-performing charter with a long waiting list, in the new movie Won’t Back Down. Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie… Continue Reading