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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PBS Writers Contest 2018

The KLRU KIDS Writers Contest is a local Contest this year designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU, which will then select winners and award prizes on May 19, 2018. All entries will be published on KLRU’s website.
The KLRU Writers Contest will begin January 1, 2018 and will end March 31, 2018.
To help you and your child with the story entry, check out last year’s winners and use the judging rubric to learn how your child’s story is scored.

Emailed Entries – Preferred

KLRU Writers’ Contest entries may be emailed as PDF or JPG attachments only.
Each entry will have two attachments:
  • the entry form (with adult signature)
  • the story

Mailed Entries

KLRU KIDS Writers Contest
P.O. Box 7158
Austin, TX 78713
Please review contest rules for detailed information before entering the story.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Abdelkader Global Leadership Price Essay & Poster Contests Open!

Abdelkader Global Leadership Price

Essay Contest and New! Poster Contest
Deadline: On or before May 15, 2018
Who can participate? Students enrolled at high schools and colleges in the United States, including exchange students.
Why participate? Discover lost history with valuable lessons for today. Learn about a 19th century Muslim humanitarian whose heroic legacy provides an important model for understanding Islamic culture, interfaith relations, ethical leadership and multiple world views. Be part of a global campaign to revive the life story and values of Emir Abdelkader in ways that counter stereotypes and inspire courageous moral behavior. 

Scholarship Awards
Essay Contest
U.S. High School students – 1st Place $1,000; 2nd Place $500
U.S. College/University students – 1st Place $1,500; 2nd Place $1,000
New! Poster Contest
U.S. High School students – 1st Place $1,000; 2nd Place $500
U.S. College/University students – 1st Place $1,500; 2nd Place $1,000
Why is Emir Abdelkader important today? Considered Algeria’s George Washington, Emir Abdelkader is seen as a moral leader on a par with Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela. His life story demonstrates that although cultures have differences, they share fundamental humanistic values. Respected from Missouri to Moscow to Mecca, Abdelkader was an Arab Muslim and a courageous humanitarian whose ideas were adapted by the creators of the Geneva Conventions. He was an ethical leader, scholar, and statesman who was admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and many others. In 1846, an Iowa settlement was named "Elkader"; in 1860, he saved thousands of Christians in Damascus; and upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, "The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century."
Contest Guidelines and Procedures
1) MENTORS: Become a mentor to guide one or more students to participate in one of the contests. A mentor is an educator/professor, education administrator, librarian, or an experienced and trusted adviser aligned with an educational institution or non-profit organization. Please sign-up to be a mentor to receive notices directly via email. Encourage students to sign-up to participate and guide them to completion.
2) STUDENTS: Contact an educator/professor, education administrator or librarian to be your mentor. Then, sign-up to participate on the AEP website now. Essays and posters are due May 15, 2018. A confirmation notice will be sent to you and your mentor via email upon receiving the entry.
3) STUDENTS: READ, RESEARCH & EXAMINE. Explore Abdelkader’s life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile in light of current events in America and the world. Resources include, but are not limited to: Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) by John W. Kiser; The Compassionate Warrior by Elsa Marston; Emir Abdelkader: Hero and Saint of Islam by Ahmed Bouyerdene and more.
4) Write ESSAY or Create POSTER addressing all of the following points
  • Why does Emir Abdelkader’s legacy deserve remembering?
  • What lessons did you derive from reading about him?
  • What is relevant to your own life?
  • Reflect on Abdelkader’s education as compared to your own education.
5) ESSAY REQUIREMENTS – original work by a student
  • Sign-up and submit essay to participate (include mentor contact information)
  • 1200-1500 words
  • Microsoft Word or PDF
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Times New Roman/12 pt.
  • First/Last Name on each page
  • Submit Essay on or before May 15, 2018
6) POSTER Requirements – original work by a student
  • Sign-up to participate (include mentor contact information)
  • Digital graphic designs, illustrations, or photographs in high resolution jpeg
  • Size: under 5 Megabytes
  • Text or captions must include English
  • Submit Poster on or before May 15, 2018
Click “Submit Essay” or “Submit Poster
A confirmation notice will be sent to you via email upon receiving your entry.
8) ENTRY DEADLINE: On or before May 15, 2018.
9) QUESTIONS? Please contact

Monday, January 29, 2018

Explore AP: Student Voices - Part 1

Choose AP. Visit for more information.

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted - SENG

At SENG, supporting the gifted individual is our priority: gifted individuals of all races and cultures, all genders and sexualities, all economic backgrounds, and all ages. Every gifted person has unique needs and traits. SENG works to create a world where giftedness is better understood and gifted needs can be met.
Education on giftedness is crucial. It helps health professionals and educators to better understand and serve gifted individuals they work with, and can help gifted individuals and their families to accept themselves and feel less broken. With continuing education courses, online webinars, and an articles library, SENG aims to provide education to professionals, individuals, and families who are affected by giftedness.
SENG also connects gifted individuals and families with a community who understands them and their experiences. Gifted people and parents of gifted children often feel isolated and misunderstood, and this can have drastic effects on mental and emotional well-being. Through our SENG Model Parent Groups, annual conference, mental health professionals listing, and more, SENG fosters a community where gifted individuals and their families can find belonging. Working together we can make a difference.

For more information, please click here.