The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child.
We are committed to the IDRA valuing philosophy, respecting the knowledge and skills of the individuals we work with and build on the strengths of the students and parents in their schools.
IDRA's professional staff members…
- Are fluent and literate in English and Spanish.
- Have many years of classroom, administrative, and community engagement experience.
- Have graduate degrees – master's and doctorates – from respected universities.
- Are skilled trainers, accustomed to designing and implementing top-notch workshops.
Through its history IDRA has been a vocal advocate for the right of every student to equality of educational opportunity. IDRA was founded in 1973 by Dr. José A. Cárdenas and, today, is directed by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel. IDRA fulfills its mission through professional development, research and evaluation, policy and leadership development, and programs and materials development.
IDRA's vision: At IDRA, we develop innovative research- and experience-based solutions and policies to assure that (1) all students have access to and succeed in high quality schools, (2) families and communities have a voice in transforming the educational institutions that serve their children, and (3) educators have access to integrated professional development that helps to solve problems, create solutions, and use best practices to educate all students to high standards.
At IDRA, we hold ourselves accountable for producing timely and useful research, engaging in thoughtful and actionable communications, and using mobile and interactive technologies that accelerate action and produce results.
See an overview of IDRA’s 2011 annual report, Opportunity Matters, or go straight to the report (pdf)
Read a short story about IDRA’s defining moment
Find out about IDRA technical assistance
See bios and email addresses for IDRA staff
Find out about employment opportunities at IDRA