Laurie Posner, MPA
Director, Civic Engagement, Intercultural Development Research Association
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Laurie Posner, M.P.A., directs IDRA's Civic Engagement department, dedicated to community-based problem solving and initiatives that address structural inequities. At IDRA, she is working with cross-cultural, cross-sector networks in the South and Southwest to strengthen public education, including efforts to amplify the voices and perspectives of family, community and education leaders to improve public schools.
Ms. Posner has an MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she received the Philip J. Rutledge Award and is an alumna of Leadership Texas and National Urban Fellows.
Laurie Posner, M.P.A.
- Institutional Grit and Perseverance – Valuing Students and Supporting Academic Success in the Era of the “Grit Gap,” IDRA Newsletter, January 2015
- School Discipline Gone South – The Call for Restoration, IDRA Newsletter, August 2014
- “Distinguished as Default – Real Choice is Preparing All Students Well,” IDRA Newsletter, March 2014
- “Our Schools ~ The Power of Data and Grassroots Organizing,” IDRA Newsletter, June-July 2013
- “Net Capital – Technology Tools that Support Community Leadership,” IDRA Newsletter, March 2013
- Semillitas de Aprendizaje Cartitas (Letters Home) series, with Rosana Rodríguez, Ph.D.
- “ Canton, Mississippi Youth… On Opening Pathways to College,” IDRA Newsletter, March 2012
- “Family Engagement in Early Childhood – IDRA’s New Semillitas de aprendizaje™ Cartitas Letters Home Series,” IDRA Newsletter, March 2012
- “Fair Funding Now! Building Grassroots Leadership for Funding Equity,” IDRA Newsletter, January 2012
- “Ready or Not, Here They Come – Preparing for the Class of 2018,” IDRA Newsletter, May 2011
- “Making Change – Casting Off “Yesterday’s Logic” to Transform Schooling,” IDRA Newsletter, September 2010
- “Partners and Catalysts – How Communities Are Putting Data to Work to Improve Education,” IDRA Newsletter, August 2010
- Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework, contributing author, 2010
- “ELL Ruling Reversed, but Texas Need Not Wait to Take Action,” IDRA Newsletter, May 2010
- “Selves in Play: Sports, Scouts, and American Cultural Citizenship, International Review of the Sociology of Sport,” with P. Turner Strong, special issue: “Interrogating boundaries of ‘race,’ ethnicity and identity, ed. Daryl Adair and David Rowe, 2010
- “Actionable Knowledge – Putting Research to Work for School Community Action,” IDRA Newsletter, August 2009
- “Hold On – Changing Course to Raise Graduation Rates,” IDRA Newsletter, October 2008
- “Knowledge for Action – Organizing School-Community Partnerships Around Quality Data,” with Hector Bojorquez, IDRA Newsletter, January 2008
Testimony and Speeches
- The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 2, with Dr. Carmen Tafolla and J. Gilberto Quezada, March 31, 2014
- The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 1, with Dr. Carmen Tafolla and J. Gilberto Quezada – March 17, 2014
- “Fair Funding Now! for Excellent Schooling,” with Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., February 22, 2012
- “Using Social Media to Build Better Schools,” with Christie Goodman, February 26, 2010
Specializing in technology integration, Ms. Posner has designed and developed dynamic online networks, webinars and videoconferences and coordinates the online Graduation for All e-letter and network. The web-based networks were designed and managed for community-based organizations in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, cross-race and cross-sector leaders in southern states, and youth alumni of dropout prevention program. And she created IDRA’s national, bilingual Graduation for All e-letter and network to inform growing subscriber base. For example, one issue leveraged partnerships to reach 50,000+ readers.
Ms. Posner’s work also focuses on the production of “actionable knowledge” – clear, concrete, accessible information that people can use to make a difference in education. In this vein, she has researched and published articles on the development of actionable knowledge and community engagement strategies to strengthen schools and has presented on education research, data and the use of education indicators, to public and private sector leaders.
She led the team to produce Continuities – Lessons for the Future of Education from the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, an international publication that captures lessons learned in the U.S. and Brazil from IDRA’s highly successful Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program. Ms. Posner managed IDRA’s Graduation Guaranteed/Graduación Garantizada: Statewide Summit on School Holding Power, a gathering of school, business, and community leaders from five Texas regions to develop recommendations to address the dropout issue and co-led a briefing for state legislators.
In addition, Ms. Poser has facilitated cross-race, community blueprint dialogues in five southern and southwestern cities under IDRA’s Pathways to Graduation initiative, developing web-based network for partners and video on student voices, to highlight student perspectives on school access/equity.
Prior to joining IDRA, Ms. Posner served as a senior analyst with Berkeley Policy Associates, directing federally- and foundation-funded research on health, employment and micro-enterprise, and as manager of the Center on Economic Development and Disability at the World Institute on Disability.
She also consulted with non-profit, public and private sector organizations, to design training modules on early childhood education for Raising A Reader affiliates, Peninsula Community Foundation. She designed an EPA-funded community engagement and marketing project for Odyssey that built transit agency and community partnerships, increased ridership and improved services in low-income, minority communities. Led qualitative evaluation and needs assessment and trained staff on conducting interviews/focus groups. Posner led focus groups for Voices of Youth: Focus Group Findings from LGBTQ Youth in Contra Costa County Schools under subcontract with Korwin Consulting, for the California Endowment.
Ms. Poser has received several awards including Leadership Texas, Foundation for Women’s Resources; Pi Alpha Alpha Academic Honor Society, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College; the Philip J. Rutledge Award, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College; a Fellowship in the San Antonio Community Education Leadership Program; and the Genevieve Mott Literary Award.
IDRA is an independent, private non-profit organization, directed by María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child. 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.
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