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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Parents from Across Texas Share Ideas and Strategies at Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute
Nearly 300 people participated in the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute this spring, most of them parents – and all of this with minimal advertisement, in fact, mostly by word of mouth. The institute is designed to be a forum for parents to demonstrate their roles as decision-makers and as presenters, which are the two highest components of IDRA’s family leadership model in education. In this article, Felix Montes, Ph.D., summarizes results of in-depth interviews from participants who attended the institute this year.

 

¿Y Ahora Qué? And Now What? – Community Groups in South Texas Work Together to Improve Education
Over the course of eight years, the Equal Voice-Rio Grande Valley Network has grown with 11 community-based organizations and seven working groups, all collaborating to give voice to an estimated 50,000 constituents in their low-income communities. Throughout it all, with funding from the Marguerite Casey Foundation and leveraged funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the Kresge Foundation, as Josie D. Cortez, M.A., describes here IDRA has provided strategic capacity strengthening support to the Equal Voice-RGV Network and its individual organizations. She highlights one initiative in particular that led to a revealing community survey about graduation requirements.

 

Supporting Undocumented Youth through Community Engagement
Given that children from families with at least one undocumented parent make up almost 7 percent of all K-12 students in the country, it is imperative that we as a community provide these youth with the necessary support structures to achieve their academic potential and grow up to be thriving adults.  In this article, Sofia Bahena, Ed.D., discusses  how schools, families and communities can play a significant role in development and educational experiences of undocumented youth and those who are members of mixed-status families.

 

“STEAM Education for Every Child Part 2” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 153
(July 16, 2015) Bringing more females, minorities and low-income students into STEM fields requires building an environment of not just access, but inspiration. Students need to feel free to ask questions and test their creativity. Math educator, Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate, continues our discussion of how schools can use art within STEM strategies (“STEAM”) to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and learning. She gives several examples of STEAM activities that incorporate on an equal level the content and creative. Paula is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

 

Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on Accountability and Civic Engagement
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about accountability and civic engagement: supporting undocumented youth through community engagement, community groups in South Texas work together to improve education, parents from across Texas share ideas and strategies at Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute, six teens win 2015 national essay contest awards in the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, and our staff feature: meet Meet Sofía Bahena, Ed.D., IDRA senior education associate. Sign up to get the IDRA Newsletter by email today!

 



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