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Podcast Series: A principal in south Texas talks about on the core elements of school transformation that is resulting in former dropouts now graduating from high school with college credit.
This SCCE Equity Hub is designed for administrators, teachers and parents across the school districts from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas (the five-state area served by IDRA SCCE) to share and learn from each other effective ways to address persistent desegregation issues.
You can use to this Equity Hub to get stories of education stakeholders who are experiencing success with many of the same concerns you face in assuring that every learner gets fair and non-discriminatory treatment in public schools regardless of their race, gender or national origin, including language and citizenship status, disability or economic circumstance.
IDRA SCCE hopes this valuable resource will be timely, useful, of high quality, and beneficial to you, your colleagues and the students and families that you serve.
* Under Title VI CRA, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the IDEA.
Principal Leadership Interviews
Contagious College-Going Culture in Elementary School
Often, the question posed to students is: Are you going to college? But at Rebecca Sánchez’s school, the question is: Where are you going to college? Ms. Sánchez is the principal at Gus Guerra Elementary School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district in South Texas serving a largely economically disadvantaged population, with about half of the students being English learners and a high number of migrant students. In this interview for IDRA’s Equity Hub, she describes how her campus has been transformed through a collaboration with IDRA that included classroom demonstrations on effective instructional strategies and student engagement. She also discusses the relationship the school is building with families as well as the introduction of Semillitas de Aprendizaje in early childhood classrooms. Ms. Sánchez is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [28:49 min]
Ensuring High Teaching Quality to Tap Into Students’ Strengths
In this interview for IDRA’s Equity Hub, PS279 principal Jean Dalton Encke in the Bronx talks about how she uses data and systems to monitor teacher effectiveness and student achievement to ensure that students are succeeding. Having grown up in the Bronx herself, she is passionate about using students’ strengths to help them learn and prepare for college. She has brought in IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and has a partnership with Lehman College to bolster both literacy learning and exposure to college for students, many of whom may not have seen graduation and college as a possibility. Ms. Dalton Encke is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [18:18 min]
More Equity Hub Videos
School Board Member: Tracking the Learning and Tracking the Dollar
School board members have many responsibilities, particularly to monitor student achievement and allocate funds responsibly. In this interview for IDRA’s Equity Hub, Velma Vela Ybarra, a school board member for Harlandale ISD in San Antonio, discusses her motivation and experiences in this important role. Ms. Ybarra is interviewed by IDRA senior education associate, Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. [9:18 min]
IDRA’s English Learner Education Symposium: Texas Underfunds ELL Education; Impacts Student Achievement
English language learners make up the fastest growing segment of the student population but they are one of the lowest academically performing groups of students, and the achievement gap widens as students progress through school. Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, IDRA’s inaugural José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, presented his research findings on securing educational equity & excellence for ELLs in Texas secondary schools at a symposium in San Antonio. In person and via livecast, the event gathered more than 80 education and community leaders, and experts in law and education research around the critical question of how we can improve secondary education quality and access for English learners. The webcast is available online in four parts.
IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute 2015
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. Video shot by NOWCastSA in five segments:
- IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute: Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program [44:28 min]
- IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute: Family Leadership for Student Success [5:13:05 min)
- IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute: The Prek 4 SA Model [27:22 min]
- IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute: Leadership in Early Childhood Education [31:58 min]
- IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute: Texas Education Policy [54:31 min]
Equity Tools for You
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success (PDF)
Equity Assistance Centers Support the Common Core State Standards
What Works Clearinghouse
Get evidence for what works in education. This site is designed to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.
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Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
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Institutes by ASCD
A biweekly update on U.S. Department of Education activities
Learning Forward’s JSD Newsletter
21st Century School, Newsletter
Southern Education Foundation
SEF works to advance creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all. SEF is a public charity with offices in Atlanta.
Vision, Values, and Voice – starring the Moxiest Maven of Media Messaging, Helvetika Bold!
The website offers social justice advocates tips and ideas to unleash their communications superpowers, including guidance on forming a communications strategy, framing and messaging, and media outreach. You’ll find a frequently updated set of issue-based messaging flashcards that you can download, as well as a PDF of the Communications Toolkit.