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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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Building STEAM – Changing the Equation for College and Career Readiness for All
Imagine a child who learned fractions by incorporating the foundations of musical notes or the student who learns about force of motion through interpretive dance. In this article, Paula Johnson, M.A., describes the movement that is underway to bring innovation to STEM education through the integration of the arts: STEM + Arts = STEAM. Championed by the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM education has the potential to transform the 21st century economy just as science and technology did for the 20th century.

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Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools School Opening Alert
As schools are opening their doors for a new 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. As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Plyler vs. Doe, public schools may not: deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of undocumented status; treat a student differently to determine residency; engage in any practices to “chill” the right of access to school; require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status; make inquiries of students or parents intended to expose their undocumented status; or require Social Security numbers from all students, as this may expose undocumented status.


Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on College Preparedness
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about college preparedness. Schools are responsible for preparing all students for college, regardless of race, income, gender, etc. In other words, schools must not withhold or deny students opportunities for education that prepares them for college. This issue of the IDRA Newsletter includes articles on STEAM education, school advising on graduation requirements, supporting students transitioning to college, immigrant students’ rights to attend public schools, and our staff feature: Meet Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA senior education associate.


“Education Civil Rights Challenges” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 154
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education declaring segregated schools unconstitutional was an important point in the long battle that had preceded it. IDRA senior education associate, Dr. Bradley Scott, has been engaged in the struggle for several decades and has been able to track the successes and challenges from the 1970s to the present through IDRA’s programmatic work and his leadership. In this episode, Bradley sits down with IDRA senior education associate, Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., to talk about some critical learnings from Bradley’s experience and his counsel today to those who want children’s rights in public education to be respected, protected and valued.


Three out of four parents of teens in the Texas Rio Grande Valley have not received info about the new tracking policies and graduation plans
The Equal Voice-Rio Grande Valley Network surveyed more than 1,600 parents about their knowledge about Texas’ curriculum tracking policies and new graduation requirements. Few parents across 24 school districts and 30 cities in the Rio Grande Valley have received information from their children’s schools. IDRA analyzed the survey data and developed a report with the survey’s key findings, implications, and recommended next action steps for communities.


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