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Sunday, 23 November 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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Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Winning Essay
IDRA sponsored a national essay competition among participants in the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, a nationally-recognized cross-age tutoring program of IDRA. Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutors wrote about how the program helps them do better in school and how they help their tutees to do better. Six students received prizes. Here is one of the winning essays. Others are available online.


Communities Using Data – See video interview of Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., about communities using data. He tells the story of a group of low-income Spanish-speaking families and their high school children used data and surveys to collaborate with their school to improve math instruction. He states: “If data is presented in meaningful chunks, parents will look it, will ask the right questions and, if supported and encouraged, will take steps to at least dig deeper in a way that will help the school understand: here is what we need to do to resolve this problem.” [06:02 min]



Free eBook on Types of Dropout Data
When IDRA first examined the dropout issue in Texas, there was no dropout data or standard method for counting dropouts. Over time, researchers have developed several methodologies in order to see the problem from different angles. We know that it’s easier to ignore a problem and discount students when they aren’t counted in the first place, which is why IDRA has kept the dropout issue at the forefront with its annual studies, related reports and congressional testimony. Though each method described in this eBook has different meaning and calculation methods, each provides unique information that is important for assessing schools’ quality of education and school holding power.


Families and School Holding Power – Parent-Led Surveys Present Insights
As IDRA publishes its 29th Texas Public School Attrition Study (see story above), Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., describes how communities can make sense of the figures through further investigation. Families can use the data to further explore the why’s and wherefores’ of the issue. Schools need to know what families think and more importantly how families and schools can partner to meet the challenge.



School Holding Power Checklist
IDRA has developed a one-page School Holding Power Checklist with a set of criteria for assessing and selecting effective dropout prevention strategies and for making sure your school is a quality school.



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