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“STEAM Education for Every Child Part 1” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 152
(June 30, 2015) Despite efforts across the nation over the last decade to increase STEM education for girls and minority students, the data show we’re not succeeding. Reports last year revealed that, in two states, not even one female student took the AP computer science test, for example. In 11 states, there were no African American students who took the test, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states. One initiative that is showing promise is to move from STEM to STEAM by integrating the arts into STEM work. Math educator, Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate discusses how STEAM strategies combine a content standard and an art standard, side-by-side. This gives students an opportunity to analyze and express the content learning, while drawing on their experience, making the abstract STEM concept concreate and real.


College Bound and Determined – IDRA Report
PSJA Proves that a School District Can Assure that All Students are College Bound
IDRA’s report, College Bound and Determined, shows how the Pharr-San Juan Alamo school district in south Texas transformed itself from low achievement and low expectations to planning for all students to graduate from high school and college. In PSJA, transformation went beyond changing sobering graduation rates or even getting graduates into college. This school district is changing how we think about college readiness.


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Sign up today for one or all of IDRA’s has three email newsletters. The IDRA Newsletter is now available in email form. IDRA e-News gives you occasional updates, alerts, resources and education news you can use to help create schools that work for all children. And Graduation for All (English-Spanish) focuses on the nation's dropout problem and action people are taking to turn the tide.


Semillitas de Aprendizaje Bilingual Classroom Materials  – Semillitas de Aprendizaje is a bilingual (Spanish/English) supplemental early childhood curriculum, developed by IDRA, based on the art of storytelling. The materials are designed for literacy development with beautifully illustrated and culturally-relevant materials for 3- and 4-year-old children and include: A set of 10 Big Books, 10 corresponding unabridged storybooks, 15 Math Books focusing on numeracy and social-emotional development, 20 Cartitas – Letters Home (10 English, 10 Spanish) with family activities for teachers to send home for parents, a Teacher Guide (Manual de Maestro) with 10 units in 196 pages to lead your students through the Semillitas de aprendizaje stories (Each unit has a set of classroom activities that include a morning song, storytelling, literacy connection with STEM explorations, center activities, phonemic awareness, writing and alphabet knowledge, English transition, family connections and informal assessment).


The Role of Conversation – Engaging Students in Critical Thinking through Dialogue
Although teachers may be proficient in their subject area knowledge, many do not employ instructional strategies that engage students in academic discourse. In this article Paula Johnson, M.A., will investigates the role that conversation plays throughout instruction toward building teacher capacity and student self-efficacy in subject matter knowledge. Providing teachers with professional learning in the use of instructional conversations and higher-order questioning is a critical element in laying the foundation for meaningful learning.


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