Houston helps lead on climate action, but Washington dithers

The newly ended year provided more evidence that we are changing our planet in dangerous ways. In September, top U.S. scientists confirmed that human activities, such as burning coal, oil and gas, are responsible for the global warming we are experiencing. The United States was 2.6 degrees warmer than normal in 2017. Supercharged by the warming climate, western wildfires destroyed communities and millions of acres of forest, while Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast.

Though the president announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, much of America said, "Not so fast." In many...

The Latino Family Literacy Project collaborates with UNT to engage English-learner families

Los Angeles, CA, January 03, 2018 — Beginning this month, The Latino Family Literacy Project will collaborate with the University of North Texas (UNT) and bring its award-winning parent involvement program for English Learners to 15 elementary schools in the Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD). During the course of the five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The Latino Family Literacy Project will train a combined 150 in-service and pre-service teachers with the goal of improving literacy instruction and the family engagement skills of teachers who work with English-learners (ELs) in the...

Experimenting with music accelerates child development

Studies have shown that the first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important to their growth and learning achievement. Nurturing musical development early maximizes children’s musical learning opportunities and provides them with the readiness needed for music instruction later in life. The University of North Texas College of Music's Early Childhood Music Program exposes young children – infants to age 5 – to a rich, music-filled environment in which they participate in listening, vocal exploration and music babble. These skills eventually lead to beat competency and accurate singing.

“With your child, you...

New Year's resolutions for the UNT athletic department

We are now only hours away from entering a new year. College athletics runs through a bit of a different cycle, one that coincides with the school year.

But for the purposes of this exercise, let's take a look at some resolutions UNT should make heading into 2018, both for individual programs and for the department as a whole.

Before we get to our list, a quick point -- 2017 was a terrific time for Mean Green athletics.

UNT won nine games in football and earned a bowl berth for a second straight season. The school also finally fired men's basketball coach Tony Benford and replaced him with Grant McCasland....

UNT makes city proud

The football season is over for the University of North Texas Mean Green and for Ryan High School. They brought a lot of pride to Denton during the 2017 gridiron campaign.

The Mean Green ended its season with a 50-30 defeat at the hands of the Troy University Trojans in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.

Ryan High suffered its first loss of the season Friday night when Highland Park High School defeated the Raiders 45-35 in a Class 5A state semifinal game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Mean Green carved out a 9-5 season record. Ryan High went 14-1. Those are impressive records that team members can...