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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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See IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Possibility: How IDRA and its partners are changing public education.



IDRA’s book, Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™. See how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students. Visit the book’s web page to get a table of contents, excerpt, related podcasts and other resources related to this book.

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Free Dropout Prevention Demonstration – Register by Nov 24
This free seminar will spotlight Successful Dropout Prevention: IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program. See how La Joya ISD has been successfully implementing the program for more than two decades! The research-based IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is an internationally-acclaimed dropout prevention model started by IDRA in San Antonio. La Joya ISD has implemented the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program for 22 years. It has grown across the country, including Detroit, New York (the Bronx), Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, among other cities.


Infographic - Texas High School Attrition
See IDRA’s new graphic showing how Texas public schools are losing one out of four students. It doesn’t have to be this way.


For School and College Success – The Power of Non-cognitive Skills
Of course, all students inherently have the ability to think critically, solve problems, interact socially and persist in tasks. They are creative and resilient. When the adults and institutions that surround them support, nurture and encourage these competencies with trust, high expectations and respect, students’ non-cognitive skills blossom. In this article, Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., discusses how teachers and school administrators can nurture students’ non-cognitive skills that foster habits of mind.


“Building Numeracy Skills in Early Childhood” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 157
(November 9,  2015) Numeracy is the ABCs of math. It is a critical foundation for using math in everyday life. We need numeracy skills to solve problems and make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes for activities, like baking, reading a bill or map, and playing games and sports. And just as families help young children learn their ABCs on the path to reading literacy, everyday counting and grouping activities help children their numeracy skills. Math educator, Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate, discusses the importance of supporting numeracy development in early childhood using the home language and everyday activities. She gives several examples and points to resources as well. Paula is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate. Send comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sign up to receive free e-mail notices when new episodes are available.


IDRA files Amicus Brief in Fisher v. UT
IDRA has filed a friend of the court, or amicus, brief in the higher education admissions case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Filed on October 30, 2015, our brief encourages U.S. Supreme Court to consider systemic challenges facing Latino and African American students in public schools. IDRA’s brief presents research for the court to consider on several challenges facing, and being overcome by, Latino and African American students in Texas’ PK-12 public education system, including under-resourced schools, under-preparation for college entrance exams, disparate student discipline referrals, student mobility, and the importance of diverse experiences.


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