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Quality Instruction for English Learners – Getting it Right in Writing!
Writing is one of the most difficult skills for English learners to master. It can be difficult because it involves so many aspects of language, including syntax (grammar), vocabulary, verb tenses, articles, spelling, transition words, and idioms. In this article, Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., summarizes some of the latest research about providing English learners with quality writing instruction. She includes sample activities for the language or classroom teacher.


KLRN Features the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program for American Graduate Day
KLRN’s American Graduate Day celebrates Dr. Cuca Robledo Montecel and IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program. KLRN produced new video spot about the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is airing now and is online [01:30 min]. We’re so grateful to Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra and Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor, Silvia Favela, both at South San Antonio ISD for taking the time to be interviewed for the video. KLRN and a few other PBS stations developed these spots that have been airing during the weeks leading up to October 3 for American Graduate Day. On Saturday, there will be local broadcasting in San Antonio and a showing at Café College. Learn more about the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program at our introductory seminar in San Antonio on Oct 7. 


The “Win-Win” of Quality – Accelerated Teacher Certification
Like other states, Texas is facing a dramatic teacher shortage, particularly in key areas, like bilingual/English as a second language, math, science, and special education. One reason is the often lack of sufficient support and mentoring for first- and second-year teachers. Linda Cantú, Ph.D., describes IDRA’s work in culturally-relevant coaching and mentoring of teachers through a series of Transition to Teaching programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education that have led to certification and placement of 600 new teachers.


Latest issue of the IDRA Newsletter Focusing on Teaching Quality
Take a look at our latest newsletter with articles about teaching quality. Students need competent caring teachers who are well prepared, placed in their field of study and informed by continual professional development. This issue of the IDRA Newsletter includes articles on accelerated teacher certification, quality writing instruction for English learners, considering multiple intelligences theory for English learner classrooms, resources on the Texas Supreme Court school finance appeal hearing, and our staff feature: Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., IDRA Education Associate.

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New deadline…
Call for Applications for IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program
IDRA is inviting research applications for the IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program. This will be the second round of this new fellows program to support research that will inform efforts to secure equitable funding of public schools across the country. The Call for Applications packet is online now. IDRA will select one or more fellows who will dedicate themselves to a period of intense study and writing in school finance. This second round José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow will be selected for a defined period beginning in early 2016. Applications are due October 30, 2015.


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