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Friday, 22 August 2014

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See IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its partners are changing public education.



IDRA’s book, Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™. See how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students. Visit the book’s web page to get a table of contents, excerpt, related podcasts and other resources related to this book.


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Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, School Opening Alert
As schools are registering students for the next school year, this alert is a reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children. The education of undocumented students is guaranteed by the Plyler vs. Doe decision, and certain procedures must be followed when registering immigrant children in school to avoid violation of their civil rights. See IDRA’s bilingual School Opening Alert for details and share it with others. You can also get more information on our dedicated webpage.



Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on Change Strategies
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about principal leadership, school discipline gone South, Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, and IDRA’s statement about the latest court ruling in the Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin case. Sign up to get the IDRA Newsletter by email today!


Sign up for Free Education News from IDRA
Sign up today for one or all of IDRA’s has three email newsletters. The IDRA Newsletter is now available in email form. IDRA e-News gives you occasional updates, alerts, resources and education news you can use to help create schools that work for all children. And Graduation for All (English-Spanish) focuses on the nation's dropout problem and action people are taking to turn the tide.



Bilingual Flier on the New Texas Graduation Requirements
The Texas Legislature changed the graduation requirements for Texas students. The Texas diploma is no longer standard across the state. Some rigorous courses are no longer required by Texas, which means many students may not be prepared for college. But it doesn’t have to be this way. See this one-page flier for an overview of the requirements and what families, schools and communities can do. (also available for black and white printing)



Video, Contagious College-Going Culture in Elementary School
Often, the question posed to students is: Are you going to college? But at Rebecca Sánchez’s school, the question is: Where are you going to college? Ms. Sánchez is the principal at Gus Guerra Elementary School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district in South Texas serving a largely economically disadvantaged population, with about half of the students being English learners and a high number of migrant students. In this interview for IDRA’s Equity Hub, she describes how her campus has been transformed through a collaboration with IDRA that included classroom demonstrations on effective instructional strategies and student engagement. She also discusses the relationship the school is building with families as well as the introduction of Semillitas de Aprendizaje in early childhood classrooms. Ms. Sánchez is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [28:49 min]


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