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Youths in Action – Intergenerational Leadership
Young people informing their community about environmental problems, presenting about their experiences with dual credit classes in high school, and organizing field trips to a local college – all of these are aspects of leadership modeled by youths from neighborhoods that outsiders often claim don’t value education. Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., describes how a group of 20 youths launched a campaign to inform the community and to present testimony to the city council and the county commissioners on the issue of environmental justice.​

 

Six Teens Win 2016 Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program National Essay Contest Awards
Six students received prizes in a national competition among participants in the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, a nationally-recognized cross-age tutoring program. Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutors wrote about how the program helped them do better in school and how they had helped their tutees to do better. Irma Tinoco wrote: “These kids motivated me to push further in my education. When you have little ones who look up to you like you’re some kind of super hero, you don’t want to let them down.”

 

“How Principals Can Support their Teachers” IDRA Classnotes Podcast 
(June 6, 2016) We have high expectations for our teachers. IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework points to teaching quality as one of the four critical components that must be addressed in any comprehensive school reform effort that will be sustained over time. But teaching quality cannot happen in isolation. The structure of the school, the school leadership and valuing climate also are essential to teaching quality. Former teacher Judith Urdiales describes how her principal, Nilka Avilés, Ed.D. (now an IDRA senior education associate) built a system of support for teachers in their school that resulted in dramatic success for students. Judith is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate.

 

Marialena Rivera Named 2016 IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow
IDRA has named Marialena Rivera as the 2016 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow. Ms. Rivera is a doctoral candidate at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education in the Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation program. This fall, she will be an assistant professor in the educational leadership program at Texas State University. As IDRA’s 2016 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, Marialena Rivera will analyze factors contributing to expanded state investment in traditional public school facilities through an equity framework. She will ultimately make policy recommendations for how successful approaches can be used to move states toward more equitable policies.

 

 

Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on Student Voice
Take a look at our latest newsletter! This issue has stories of youth who launched a campaign about environmental justice in their community, other young people pushing for college preparation for students in their neighborhoods, voices of teenage tutors, and ways teachers can foster conversation in the classroom through instructional dialogue.

 

 
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