The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. IDRA strengthens and transforms public education by providing dynamic training; useful research, evaluation, and frameworks for action; timely policy analyses; and innovative materials and programs.
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 is celebrating 40 years of working to assure educational opportunity for every child. See some highlights!
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.
Throughout 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.
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 IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and Our Partners are Transforming Public Education (or view the 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.
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