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 the country 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.

We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Rosie Castro will deliver the closing keynote at our institute!

Ms. Castro has a powerful legacy of community advocacy and is the mother of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro and Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Our Lady of the Lake University.

This year’s institute, funded in part by the IDRA EAC-South and by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through IDRA’s Texas Education CAFE Network, will highlight family engagement as it relates to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

This institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish). 

Institute Highlights

  • Interactive and participatory sessions on key education topics
  • Most presentations led by parents
  • Practical action steps for parents
  • Examples of successful family engagement
  • Livestream plenaries and interviews
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Exhibitors, including service providers, colleges and non-profit agencies

Sample Session Topics

The institute will feature three rounds of concurrent sessions on over 20 topics, such as…

  • DACA students and education
  • Early childhood education
  • Supporting parents of preschoolers
  • Dropout prevention
  • How Education CAFEs work
  • Cyberbullying law and prevention
  • School board roles & responsibilities
  • How to host your own El Día de los Niños celebration

Download the bilingual printable flier (PDF)

Download the paper registration form (doc)

Exhibitor Guidelines (PDF)

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

Register Now!

“Early Bird Offer” – Register 5 and get 1 Free. Use the promo code: 6FOR5.


Exhibitors register here.

The fee is $75 per person (includes presentations, materials, exhibits, refreshments and lunch).

Please provide names of your guests when you register online. You will receive your ticket(s) by email.

Forms of payment: Check, Paypal, or Purchase Order. Full payment is due prior to the event.

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 2017 institute videos on YouTube.

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

    See photos from the institute on Flickr.

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See our New Tool for School Districts on ESSA Requirements for Schools and Parent Involvement

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

Intercultural Development Research Association

IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child. Sponsoring IDRA projects for this event in 2018:

  • Texas Education CAFE Network, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
  • IDRA EAC-South, funded by the U.S. Department of Education
  • STAARS Leaders, funded by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Re-Energize, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Information about IDRA and our services is available online

Highlights 2017

Highlights 2016

Highlights 2015