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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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See IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its partners are changing public education.



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“Education Civil Rights for Today and Beyond” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 147
Federal law and court rulings have taken steps to protect the civil rights of students in our public schools. What that looks like has changed over the decades as Bradley Scott, Ph.D. director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity, has described in previous Classnotes podcast episodes. Today, he gives an overview of what civil rights in education means for our schools today. In particular, he outlines five priorities that the U.S. Department of Education has for the nation’s network of equity assistance centers: My Brother’s Keeper initiative, teacher equity plans, parent involvement, discipline guidance and dropout prevention.


Infographic: Texas High School Attrition
See IDRA's new graphic showing how Texas public schools are losing one out of four students. It doesn't have to be this way. 


Texas Attrition Rate Dips One Percentage Point
The Texas high school attrition rate has declined from 25 percent last year to 24 percent in 2013-14. At this rate, Texas will not reach universal high school education for another quarter of a century in 2035. “We cannot sit back and be happy with one percentage point decline per year, resulting in a loss of an additional 2.4 million young people,” said Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA president and CEO.



Award-winning dropout prevention
IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is a research-based, internationally-recognized dropout prevention program that has kept 98 percent of its tutors in school. Learn more about the program and how to bring this program to your school.



Ensuring High Teaching Quality to Tap Into Students’ Strengths
In this interview for IDRA’s Equity Hub, PS279 principal Jean Dalton Encke in the Bronx talks about how she uses data and systems to monitor teacher effectiveness and student achievement to ensure that students are succeeding. Having grown up in the Bronx herself, she is passionate about using students’ strengths to help them learn and prepare for college. She has brought in IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and has a partnership with Lehman College to bolster both literacy learning and exposure to college for students, many of whom may not have seen graduation and college as a possibility. Ms. Dalton Encke is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [18:18 min]


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