Winter concert celebrates the joy of music education on the West Side

Two schools in Austin participate in Sistema Ravinia, which provides music education in under-resourced schools. The goal is for the 3rd through 8th graders to develop a life-long appreciation for music and the arts. “The bottom line is that it helps to develop the whole child. It helps to develop the left and right brain,” said Shemeka Nash, the orchestra’s conductor and an Austin resident.

Renaissance 2010 high schools in Austin fight to provide better education for students

Sharon Morgan sits at her desk surrounded by piles of paperwork and a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. As she shuffles through the paperwork, she marks her calendar on the day where she plans to speak to her 7th and 8th grade students about completing applications for the best high schools in the city. With the application deadline for Chicago’s best college and career academies quickly approaching on Jan. 20, Morgan reassures herself that her students will be equipped with all the necessary tools to apply. Morgan is the director of Community Outreach and Graduate Support at Austin’s Catalyst School-Circle Rock, one of Austin’s newest K-8th college preparatory charter schools.