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Wednesday, 16 April 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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The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its Partners are Changing Public Education
IDRA’s latest annual report shares stories, models and accomplishments in our work to strengthen public education to work for all children. Together, IDRA and its partners are improving education across the spectrum from prekindergarten to higher education, fostering family-community-school leadership and partnerships, addressing inequalities and barriers in education policy and practice, and producing innovative solutions that produce better results for children. This work is made possible through the generous support and commitment of funders and partners. See the PDF for printing. 


Join Univision Contigo during its Children’s Action Month!
During the month of April, Univision will be encouraging parents to pledge to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day interacting with their children in order to develop the vocabulary and skills that will prepare them to be successful in school and in their lives. Help us get the word out and ask parents to take the pledge at and discover why 15 minutes are worth a million!



Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools, Alert for Registering Students for School
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. Yet a number of schools are posting notices like these pictured here and on school websites that indicate Social Security cards and birth certificates are required before a family can register their child for school. Such practices are in direct violation of Plyler vs. Doe.



Sign up for IDRA’s Annual La Semana del Niño Parent Institute April 24
IDRA’s bilingual parent Institute offers families, school district personnel and community groups from across Texas the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA’s nationally-recognized research-based model for parent leadership in education. This institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish). 


“The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 2” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 137
During many of the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program’s 30 years, students have written essays about how the program has affected their lives and their tutees. For this year’s anniversary celebration, we invited three distinguished authors – San Antonio Poet Laureate, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Texas State Poet Laureate, Rosemary Catacalos and author, historian, and retired educator, J. Gilberto Quezada – to read the essays and share their impressions. In this podcast episode, we bring you Part 2 of a panel discussion led by Dr. Tafolla and Mr. Quezada who share their own journey in becoming writers and offer tips to teachers working with students to improve their own writing.



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