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Friday, 01 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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Video about Dropout Prevention that Works
See this quick overview of how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program impacts students and schools [01:30 min]. This research-based, internationally-recognized dropout prevention program keeps 98 percent of its tutors in school – students who were once considered at-risk. Learn more about the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program here.

 

“A Valuing Professional Development Model” IDRA Classnotes Podcast
Teaching is a learning process. Teachers are constantly learning about their students and how they respond to each instructional strategy used in the classroom. With the powerful impact quality teaching has on the success of students, teachers need access to quality professional development. But traditional styles of teacher training have been weak. They often are attempts at quick fixes that in theory are designed to work across the board. But, as IDRA education associate, Paula Johnson, M.A., explains, IDRA has found that professional development works best when it is ongoing, when it values the teachers themselves and when it is designed for each school’s unique context. Paul gives an overview of how IDRA provides professional development on site and with technology tools to tailor content and sustain successes. IDRA also has built a private online professional network of teachers who share feedback, innovations and peer support.

 

 

See IDRA’s bilingual slideshow: What Parents Want to Know about the New Texas Graduation Guidelines
The new graduation requirements in Texas do not ensure your child will be prepared for college. Students are no longer required to take four years of classes in English, math, science and social studies. By weakening the requirements, your child’s college eligibility is threatened. See what you need to look out for and how to make sure students take the courses they need to be prepared for college and career.

 

The Right to Inclusion and Success in Education is Reaffirmed
IDRA released a statement by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO, on the Fifth Circuit Decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin upholding the University of Texas’ holistic admissions program. The Fifth Circuit’s ruling demonstrates once again that it is possible and constitutional to develop approaches that use race and ethnicity in a narrowly-tailored admissions process designed to increase student diversity. While ensuring access to diverse students, IDRA calls on institutions of higher education working with state policymakers to focus also on both access and success for all students.

 
 

Continuities: Lessons for the Future of Education from the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
Get seven key lessons for improving the quality of education for all students. This publication presents the voices of youth, teachers, family members and program leaders and the reasons valuing youth is at the heart of school transformation. Free online.

 

 



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