For this issue of the IDRA Newsletter, two of our own, whose passion has helped fuel our work over the years, took some time out to reflect on IDRA’s trailblazing work along six paths: the path to fair funding, the path to good educational practices, the path of valuing students, the path of valuing educators, the path of valuing families, and the path of systems change.
Their three articles in this newsletter are accompanied by photos across the decades and a peek at an online timeline of IDRA’s policy work. We are grateful for all who have been a part of this journey since 1973 when a small group of people set out to change the world.
Call for Applications
IDRA is inviting research applications for the IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program. This will be the third round of this fellows program to support research that will inform efforts to secure equitable funding of public schools across the country. Under the leadership of Dr. María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, IDRA President & CEO, the program was established by IDRA to honor the memory of IDRA founder, Dr. José Angel Cárdenas.
IDRA will select one or more fellows who will dedicate themselves to a period of intense study and writing in school finance. We will hold a symposium that includes the release of the fellow's program paper. The paper and findings will be published in the symposium proceedings and disseminated to the education research and policymaker community.
Across the country, school doors are now open. Families have gathered supplies. Teachers have arranged their rooms. Principals have organized their staff. The sights and sounds are familiar, just like every year. But some things need to be different if we are going to better serve our diverse students and lead them to success.
See a few examples of our new and most popular packages:
• English Learner Literacy Coaching
• Instructional Strategies for Building Inferencing Skills
• Effective Dropout Prevention through the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
• Use Semillitas de Aprendizaje™ to Support Bilingual Early Childhood Literacy Development
But the San Antonio Community’s Commitment to Young Children is Long-standing San Antonio (April 26, 2018) – A new state-by-state report … read more
San Antonio (March 27, 2018) – IDRA President & CEO Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel has announced her intention to … read more
Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™
Our bilingual parent institute was livestreamed by NowCastSA Friday. Watch and join the discussion.
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Grounded in our unique model of family leadership in education, the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute is an event where families lead each other in advocating for equitable and excellent education in their communities.
New Literature Review and Resources
Using Socioeconomic-Based Strategies to Further Racial Integration
This literature review, developed by Dr. Erica Frankenberg for the IDRA EAC-South, surveys the landscape of K-12 integration strategies to understand what is being implemented and what we know about the design and implementation of such policies that might create more diverse schools and reduce racial isolation. Before turning to that emerging body of literature, however, it is important to understand why integration matters and the legal landscape currently around voluntary integration. See the new literature review and related resources.