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KLRN Public Television proudly presents TED Talks: Education Revolution, a free film screening and panel discussion at The Playhouse on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

TED Talks: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is changing to adapt to our new digital world. The program features talks from educator Sal Khan, who examines what the classroom might look like in the future and the impact of online teaching, Victor Rios, who takes a deep dive into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline, and Principal Nadia Lopez, whose middle school is in the most dangerous borough in New York and where almost all her students live below the poverty line.

TED Talks: Education Revolution also addresses the issue of over-parenting with some revolutionary ideas from Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, who believes chores and love are more important than a check-listed childhood. The program also features music from Meshell Ndegeocello and a performance piece from the legendary Anna Deavere Smith from her one-woman show, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. Ted Talks: Education Revolution also features several short films by award-winning filmmakers, on the modern classroom, implicit bias, and what it’s like to be an undocumented student growing up in Georgia.

In addition, guest panelists Ana Acevedo, Education Policy Administrator at the City of San Antonio, Mark Barnett, Chief IT Strategist at Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), and State Representative Diego Bernal, representing District 123, will offer their views on the film, and share what our community is doing in terms of education. The discussion will be moderated by Brandon Logan, KLRN board member and president of SRG Athletics.

The screening is free, but RSVP is required as space is limited.

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

About Brandon Logan

A millennial and native San Antonian that found inspiration at the nexus of business, community, and mentorship, Brandon Logan has carved a niche for himself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all things diversity, business, and service. As a progressive public servant, Logan’s leadership efforts, have been recognized by President Barack H. Obama, United States Marine Corps, Rotary International, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, San Antonio Business Journal, SA2020, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the San Antonio Magazine. As President of SRG Athletics, Logan is responsible for the company’s strategy management, operational production and expansion initiatives. Logan had a desire to make a greater contribution into the lives of youth, specifically young people of color. He has generously and selflessly served the San Antonio community as a member on various boards and/or organization including serving on KLRN’s board of directors.  

About Ana Acevedo

Ana Acevedo, a native of San Antonio, has dedicated her life’s work to improving education for underserved children. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of education, Ana has worked in Maryland, Washington, DC, Austin, and San Antonio as a bilingual teacher, principal, district administrator, national and local non-profit educational leader, and municipal administrator. During her career, Ana has pursued better ways to teach and lead and more effective ways to strengthen connections among students, families, educators and community partners. She currently serves as the Education Policy Administrator at the City of San Antonio.

About Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett is Chief IT Strategist at Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). With over a decade of experience in STEM and maker education, he is passionate about equal opportunity technology education. Barnett has taught science and technology in the classroom, worked for state education agencies, local non-profit organizations and startups helping to advance STEM and maker education. In his time working with schools and other youth serving organizations, he has been committed to showing that hands-on learning and project-based learning improves education outcomes and excites students.

About Diego Bernal

Representative Diego Bernal was born in South Texas and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Jefferson High School, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Master's in Social Work, and law degree. After graduating from law school, he returned to San Antonio permanently as a MALDEF staff attorney. He was elected to the San Antonio City Council representing District 1 in 2011. Representative Bernal was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in February 2015. He represents District 123, home to downtown and north central San Antonio, parts of the city's west side, along with the City of Castle Hills.

About TED

TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and PBS are thrilled to announce the first ever TED TALKS LIVE in New York, a six-night speaker event featuring TED Talks, short films and performances at The Town Hall. TED TALKS LIVE will feature three programs, each hosted by best-selling author, comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston. Speakers will share ideas in quick, powerful talks—18 minutes or less, TED’s signature format.

About The Playhouse

The Playhouse was founded as San Antonio Little Theater in 1912, as part of the growing Little Theatre movement sweeping the nation. Now housed in the first city-owned, city-built theater in the U.S., The Playhouse holds a place of pride in San Antonio history. In its time, The Playhouse has produced hundreds of plays and reached an audience of millions, including residents and visitors from all over the world. Each year, The Playhouse’s staff, with the help of nearly 500 volunteers, produces a series of plays in its two theaters. The Russell Hill Rogers Theater is home to larger musicals while the Cellar Theater houses a variety of dramas, comedies, and experimental works. Both stages host original works by local playwrights as well as classic and recent Broadway hits. Each season, The Playhouse contracts hundreds of local artists, showcasing some of San Antonio’s greatest talents.

About KLRN

KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. “The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout our community.”