Who We Are

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’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, Keeping the Promise – Putting Children First (or view the pdf).

In 2013, IDRA celebrated 40 years of working to assure educational opportunity for every child. See some highlights!

Change Model

IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework™ shows how we can strengthen public education for all students. The framework – or theory of change – is grounded in school reform research and practice.

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Our Story

It Was the Defining Moment Dr. José Angel Cárdenas was working in educational research in the late 1960s, prior to becoming the superintendent of the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio. “In one powerful moment, it all came together...

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Employment Opportunities at IDRA

In addition to any job openings announced, IDRA accepts inquiries of possible open positions by mail, fax and e-mail. Letters of application and résumés may be sent to Dr. María Robledo Montecel, President & CEO, Intercultural Development Research Association, 5815...

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Annual Reports

IDRA’s latest annual report, Keeping the Promise – Putting Children First – Equal Educational Opportunity for Every Child Through Strong Public School, is now available online. Grounded in the promises to children, families and communities that guided our work last...

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IDRA Staff

Get to know the people behind IDRA. See recent Publications, Speeches, and more.

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Videos on YouTube

See our YouTube channel for videos about IDRA projects, livestreamed events, media coverage and more!

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