April 6, 2018

Parent Institute

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™

Bilingual Parent Institute  Special event for families, community groups, educators and administrators  This annual institute offers families, school district personnel and community groups from across Texas the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA’s nationally-recognized research-based model for parent leadership in education. The 2017 institute, funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, highlighted family engagement as it relates to the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. This institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish).  See the 2017 program agenda (pdf) #FamEngage  #IDRAedu

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September 20, 2017


Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive School Environment for LGBTQ Students – Webinar

Presented by the Center for Education Equity (CEE) in partnership with the IDRA-EAC South How can we affirm and support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) students and their families in schools? Although a lot of progress has been made in shifting public opinion in the last decade, LGBTQ students still face high incidents of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. What can educators do to support these students and ensure they are given every opportunity to succeed? In this webinar, hear from presenters as they share diverse perspectives and strategies on how to create safe and positive school environments to protect the civil rights and socio-emotional well-being of LGBTQ students. Learning Outcomes Participants will learn about: Strategies, best practices, and policy recommendations to ensure a safe and supportive school...

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April 28, 2017

Fellows Program Symposium 2017

State Investment in School Facilities – José A. Cárdenas 2017 School Finance Fellows Program Research Symposium

At this research symposium, Dr. Marialena Rivera, IDRA’s 2016 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, presented her research findings. Dr. Rivera, provided a briefing on her study, “What about the Schools? – Factors Contributing to Expanded State Investment in School Facilities,” followed by a panel discussion with experts from across the country. Through case studies of five states with varying facilities policies, Dr. Rivera’s study examines the factors contributing to expanded state investment in equitable public school facilities and how those factors can be leveraged to encourage states that make minimal investments to expand their support for facilities funding. The five case study states are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming. An assistant professor of education and community leadership at the Texas State University College of Education, Dr. Rivera’s research...

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January 26, 2017

IDRA Open House

IDRA Open House

We’d love to see you at our Open House if you’re in the area! Poet Naomi Shahib Nye will join us for a poetry circle reading from This Same Sky.

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October 18, 2016

Roundtable Series

Opportunity Matters Roundtable Series

Through IDRA’s Opportunity Matters Roundtable Series, we spotlight key issues in education quality, opportunity and equity.

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April 9, 2016


Webinar Series

Webinar: Fostering Latino Family Education Leadership Find out how you can foster Latino family engagement for leadership in education. Panelists from six organizations from across the nation whose mission includes educational equity and access shared the story of their leadership development programs that have proven successful with Latino families. This conversation brought to light practices that are both authentic and also culturally and linguistically appropriate. Presenters also described successes and challenges in the work.

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October 7, 2015

Spotlighting Coca- Cola VYP

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

Seminar Spotlighting Successful Dropout Prevention Practices The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is an internationally-recognized dropout prevention cross-age tutoring program in schools across the United States and Brazil. Since its inception in San Antonio in 1984 until 2014, the program has kept 33,000 students in school, young people who were previously at risk of dropping out.

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February 3, 2015

Policy Forum


IDRA briefed legislative staff in Austin on the research and implications for policy in a forum hosted by Senator José Rodríguez and held in collaboration with the Texas Center for Education Policy, University of Texas at Austin.

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February 2, 2015

Fellow Program Symposium


Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas New Research on Education of English Learners in Middle School and High School Released at IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow Program Symposium

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