Budding mariachis fine-tune their skills at UNT camp

Fri, Jul 25, 2014 - 11:29am

DENTON — Jose Hernandez wanted more emotion from the musicians.

They were rehearsing “Mi Amante Perfecta,” a ballad that unfolds like a love letter, and the high school mariachis were playing it too rigidly, too much like a classical piece.

“Now, that’s very, very super light because we could overpower the violins,” Hernandez told the trumpet section.

“Always start down-bow,” he told the violinists. In orchestral music, violins play softer, smoother, “but in mariachi we have to compete with the trumpets.”

Hernandez was instructing and inspiring the group at a weeklong camp for middle and high school...

Local principals learn valuable lessons

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 - 1:18pm

Great schools have leaders with a laser-like focus on what they need to do well.

For example, an elementary school may decide its success will hinge on increasing time to teach reading skills — and incorporate reading in every project in all content areas.

If they use technology, they use it only for reading remediation — not product production.

“A narrow, laser-like focus on what you need to do — that’s what great schools are doing,” said Jeff Blacklock.

The Midwestern State University professor from the West College of Education taught Thursday’s session of the Principal Leadership Academy, a three-...

A little more about Stephen Fuller's heir apparent

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 2:01pm

They've got Cowboys, we've got Redskins.

They've got 6.8 million people, we've got just over 6 million, but packed into about 60 percent as much space as the Texas plains.

They've got the energy industry, we've got the federal government.

Those are some of the differences facingTerry Clower as he prepares to joinGeorge Mason University in August as...

UNT Professor Ruth West Is Linking Art and Science to Make Both Easier to Understand

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 1:52pm

UNT professor Ruth West is showing me a diagram of branching lines that resembles a March Madness bracket. It's Darwin's handiwork. The scientist sketched the visual tool in order to reclassify earth's living genealogy, as informed by evolution. It's just one artful rendering, but it represents a total change of perspective in how we view and understand the world. Ruth West likes that. A lot.

This sweet spot, the intersection of aesthetics and research, is where West digs in. She moved to Denton from Los Angeles last year to educate across four of UNT's colleges -- Information, Visual Arts and...

The Q&A: Mike Moses

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 1:16pm

Trib+Edu brings you an interview with experts on issues related to public education. Here is this week's subject:

Mike Moses has been an educator for over thirty years. Currently, he is Distinguished Professor of Educational Administration at the University of North Texas and holder of a chair at that institution named in his honor. He also serves as the senior educational advisor for Raise Your Hand Texas and the Center for Reform of School Systems. He served as the general superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District from 2001 until 2004. From 1999 through 2001...