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)

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When: April 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Whitley Theological Center, 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78216

Click here to watch the 2017 event video

Links to the program agenda, PowerPoints and other materials are below.

Click through the photos from our 2017 Flickr page here or go directly to Flickr to download pictures of your group!

2017 Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute

PowerPoints and Other Materials for the 2017 Institute

Note: We are posting these as we receive them before, during and after the event.

ESSA Action Pack – Family and Community Engagement Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act

See the ESSA Task Sheet with discussion questions about what parents can do

“College Bound” MAUC Escalera College Prep Program

Communities United for Education (CUPE) – Family Leadership and Community Engagement Program

Cultivating Relationships and Growing Gardens Pre-K4SA

Highlights from the Education Fir$st white paper, “Why Investing in Education Fuels the Texas Economy” (PDF)

Full Education Fir$st white paper, “Why Investing in Education Fuels the Texas Economy” (PDF)

ESSA – Family Recommendations to the State

Equal Voice Education Working Group

Families Supporting Public Money for Public Schools – No Vouchers or ESAs

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Gwinnett SToPP (Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline)

See the brochure on the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program that was handed out during this session

Texas Graduation Requirements & Opportunities – HB 5, Top 10 Percent Plan & Beyond


Highlights for 2018

• Bilingual presentations (English-Spanish)
• Roundtable educational presentations
• Parent interviews
• Breakout sessions on education topics 
• Refreshments and lunch
• Exhibitors, including service providers, college and universities and non-profit agencies

Find out why IDRA’s Parent Institute is so Powerful!

Read articles about our previous parent institutes: Families Engaging Each Other to Improve Schools – IDRA’s Annual La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™, by Frances Guzmán, M.Ed.

Parents from Across Texas Share Ideas and Strategies at Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute, by Felix Montes, Ph.D.

Watch the 2016 institute videos on YouTube.

   See the NowCastSA webpage with video and related information from the 2015 institute.

    See photos from the institute on Flickr.


Highlights 2015