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Friday, 25 July 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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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.



Texas Tribune Q&A with Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel
IDRA President, Dr. Robledo Montecel, was featured in a Q&A interview by the Texas Tribune this week. Their quick conversation talks about dropout prevention, education of Latino students in Texas, the new ELL lawsuit, school funding and the need for high quality curriculum and high quality teaching.


Video Introduction to the IDRA OurSchool Portal
See this video designed to help you – educators and community members – find out how well your high school campus is preparing and graduating students, what factors may be weakening school holding power, and what you can do together to address them. [02:16 min]

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