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Events

August 27, 2020

Webinar

The Power Schools Bring to the Last Days of the 2020 Census

How Schools Can Help their Communities Get Counted This webinar aims to mobilize the education community to complete the census. Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau extended operations to October 31, 2020. But the Census Bureau suddenly announced it was rolling back operations to September 30, cutting a month of much-needed time to achieve a complete and accurate census. In this webinar, we contextualize the 2020 Census and its timeline, discuss efforts over the past year, review completion data, and provide a toolkit for effective census outreach in the last month of operations. See our Everyone Counts – 2020 Census webpage for resources. Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe hr{ border-top: 2px solid #0072CF; }

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August 26, 2020

Webinar

Youth Tech Mentors Bridge Schools and Families – Creative Community Responses to COVID-19

The shift to virtual learning brought on by the pandemic hits families with limited resources particularly hard. At the same time, students miss out on chances to practice leadership when they are schooling from home. In this webinar, meet teens and college students who have been helping families and their children navigate technology for school. They will share their ideas for how schools and communities can engage youth while also providing much-needed tech support in their family engagement work this year. Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe

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July 22, 2020

Webinar

Getting Schools Ready to Support Students Facing a New World of Challenges

Fourth Webinar in our School Reopening Series Districts are working hard to develop back-to-school plans that meet the needs of all learners. They also must consider how to address the socio-emotional needs of students. Moderated by Dr. Paula Johnson, Director, IDRA EAC-South, this panel of student advocates and educational leaders will discuss policy recommendations for district decision-makers on reopening schools that embrace restorative justice, ethnic studies and culturally responsive practices.     This is the third of the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on reopening schools. Get details and other COVID-19 educator webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe

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July 15, 2020

Webinar

Partnering with Families to Reopen and Reimagine Schools

Third Webinar in Our School Reopening Series Hear from parents, grandparents and caregivers sharing their concerns and questions about what the future holds for reopening schools and students’ emotional wellbeing. Connecting with families will be vital for educators as they welcome students back in a world changed by COVID-19, immigration and the Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movements. Featuring: Mercedes Bristol, executive director, Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Lourdes Flores, president, ARISE Support Center Eric López, parent of a child who is active in Mexican American Studies student support Matt Montaño, Texas Education Agency Deputy Commissioner Karina Quesada-Leon, parent & member, IDRA Education CAFE in Houston ISD Dr. Courtney Robinson, founder & executive director, Excellence & Advance Foundation Dr. Kazandra Wilson, public information manager, Arkansas Department of Education Moderated by Aurelio M....

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June 23, 2020

Webinar

Nurturing Students’ Hearts and Minds

Second Webinar in Our School Reopening Series Our panel of advocates and practitioners will discuss the needs of students on issues such as COVID-19, school safety, immigration, and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements that schools will need to prepare for as they reopen. Featuring: Dr. Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, Epidemiologist Hon. Aicha Davis, State Board of Education Hon. Marisa Pérez-Díaz, State Board of Education Lisa Marie Gomez, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and My Brother’s Keeper – San Antonio Gylon Jackson, Black Lives Matter – San Antonio Moderator: Dr. Chloe Latham Sikes, Deputy Director of Policy This is second in the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on reopening schools. Get details and other COVID-19 educator webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe

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June 16, 2020

Webinar

Student Perspectives on a Changing School Climate

First Webinar in Our School Reopening Series What does the future hold for school re-openings, mental health and student emotional well-being in the wake of a myriad of issues facing today’s youth? Our student panelists will help us understand the needs of their peers on issues, such as COVID-19, school safety, immigration, and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. Featuring:  Juliana Cruz, senior, Dallas ISD Taylor Ellingberb-McCloud, senior, Dallas ISD Melanie Harrell, recent graduate, San Antonio ISD Gracie Hernández, recent graduate, Northside ISD Kennedy Kearns, senior, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Dejia Nunn, sophomore, Judson ISD Lena Rivas, freshman, Northside ISD Gisselle Reyes, senior, Dallas ISD Lola Sánchez, recent graduate, San Antonio ISD Clarissa Tavera, junior, San Antonio ISD Moderator: Ana Ramón, IDRA Deputy Director of Advocacy This is first in...

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May 29, 2020

Webinar

Elevate the Voices of Students in STEM at Your School – Webinar Q&A on Hosting the Texas Chief Science Officer Program

See how you can bring the Texas Chief Science Officer program to your school. Are you interested to learn more about IDRA’s Texas Chief Science Officer Program? CSOs are students in grades 6-12 elected by their peers to be liaisons for STEM in their schools and communities. They learn leadership skills to implement on-campus projects and advocate for student voice in STEM. See this webinar with Dr. Stephanie Garcia, the Texas Regional Lead for the CSO Program, as she answers questions! This was an open Q&A discussion for families, students, educators and community organizations. We would love for you to join the conversation and learn more about how to join or champion this incredible student-driven program. Students leading students in STEM! CSOs are students in grades 6-12 elected by their...

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May 26, 2020

Webinar

Teacher, Parent and Student Perspectives on Using Google Classroom Effectively

Most people know that Google Classroom is a free online classroom management system, developed by Google for schools. But being a powerful and popular tool, doesn’t necessarily keep teachers from experiencing bumps along the way in. In this webinar, get tips on how to use Google Classroom more effectively from the perspectives of a teacher, parent and student. See webinar slidedeck (PDF) We also have separately the two video segments where students show how they use Google Classroom (see below). Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe These webinars are part of the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning. Get details and other COVID-19 educator webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries

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May 19, 2020

Webinar

How a School District Tackled the Digital Divide

Hear how San Antonio ISD faced the digital divide to ensure learning continued for their students during COVID-19. Eva Mendoza, executive director of information technology, will describe the work that San Antonio ISD performed to bridge the digital divide in her district.  She will discuss the challenges, successes and what’s next. Also, Clarissa Ramon from Google Fiber will share how funders can support your district when immediate needs arise. Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe These webinars are part of the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning. Get details and other COVID-19 educator webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries

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May 12, 2020

Webinar

Teaching Science in Virtual Learning Environments

Explore how to leverage online platforms to make high-quality science learning interactive and hands-on from home. Dr. Stephanie Garcia and Michelle Vega showcase four online platforms for teaching science concepts virtually: Educreations, Explain Everything, Quizlet and Padlet. They show how to use these tools through an online learning module template focused on Newton’s Laws of Motion, a middle school science concept. Slide deck – Teaching Science in Virtual Learning Environments     Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe These webinars are part of the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning. Get details and other COVID-19 educator webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries

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May 5, 2020

Webinar

Chief Science Officer Students Determined to Promote STEM Despite School Closures

COVID-19 School Response Webinar IDRA’s Texas Chief Science Officer students have an inspirational message to share how they have been coping with COVID-19 challenges and distance learning. These youth STEM ambassadors have not stopped their work to enrich a STEM culture despite their school and community closures. Instead, they have insightful perspectives on how they have been navigating these challenges, how they have stayed connected, and how they keep innovating and creating during this time. Join us as we elevate student voices and share their student success stories. Join Dr. Stephanie Garcia, director of IDRA’s Texas Chief Science Officer program, with special guest students: CSO Isela, 12th Grade, McCollum High School, Harlandale ISD CSO Shreya, 10th Grade, Keystone School CSO Elizabeth, 8th Grade, Northeast ISD STEM Academy (Nimitz MS) See...

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April 30, 2020

Webinar

From Journaling and Personal Narratives to Letter Writing – ELAR Webinar Part 3

COVID-19 School Response Webinar In the final installment of this three-part webinar series, trainers present steps for students to select from their journal entries one issue important to them. Students will expand their writing into a letter to someone in authority suggesting how the issue and its outcome could have been improved upon. Featuring Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA, with trainers Gerald Sharp, M.A., Edgewood ISD retired teacher and IDRA consultant, and Jeanne Cantu, M.A., Texas A&M University–San Antonio adjunct faculty and IDRA consultant Slide deck – From Journaling and Personal Narratives to Letter Writing – ELAR Webinar Part 3   Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators...

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April 29, 2020

Webinar

From Journaling to Personal Narratives – ELAR Webinar Part 2

COVID-19 School Response Webinar In the second of this three-part webinar series, trainers demonstrate a process where students select one of their journal entries to expand it into a fully developed personal narrative, reflecting the significance of the COVID-19 event. Featuring Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA, with Abydos trainers Gerald Sharp, M.A., Edgewood ISD retired teacher and IDRA consultant, and Jeanne Cantu, M.A., Texas A&M University–San Antonio adjunct faculty and IDRA consultant Slide deck – From Journaling to Personal Narratives – ELAR Webinar Part 2   Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as you continue student learning during this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) event. Get details and see...

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April 22, 2020

Webinar

Journal Writing About the Present for the Future – ELAR Webinar Part 1

COVID-19 School Response Webinar Lead your students as they create a primary source for future historians. In Part 1 of this three-part webinar series, trainers outlined literacy lessons adaptable for all grades as students use journal writing to record their responses to a pandemic that has upended their school year. Featuring Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA, with trainers Gerald Sharp, M.A., Edgewood ISD retired teacher and IDRA consultant, and Jeanne Cantu, M.A., Texas A&M University–San Antonio adjunct faculty and IDRA consultant Slide deck – Journal Writing About the Present for the Future – ELAR Webinar Part 1 Sign up for notices of news and future IDRA webinars here: https://idra.news/Subscribe This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as you continue student...

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April 14, 2020

Webinar

PBL at Home & Across the Curriculum

Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful approach for educators to use with distance learning because it creates quality home learning experiences. Through hands-on experiences, students can explore, create, engage and connect what they are learning to the real-world. Join us as we explain PBL components of this interdisciplinary and inquiry-based learning approach with an equity lens and discuss applications of PBL across the curriculum. Join Dr. Stephanie Garcia, IDRA’s STEM and gender equity education specialist, as she hosts a practical conversation with our guests: Ryan Beltrán, Founder, Elequa Dr. Carmen Fies, UTSA Associate Professor of STEM Education and Instructional Technologies David Padilla, Teacher, Dwight STEM Academy, South San Antonio ISD Resources Slide deck – PBL at Home and Across the Curriculum     This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on...

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April 7, 2020

Webinar

Facilitating Online Math Sessions – COVID-19 School Response Webinar

Get some tips you can use right away! Compare ways of supporting students in Google Classroom in shared spaces versus virtual learning environments. And see how to use Zoom Whiteboard, Explain Everything, and Google Classrooms and Training. Join Dr. Paula N. Johnson, director of the IDRA EAC-South as she hosts a practical conversation with our guests: Heather Aguilar, elementary teacher, Judson ISD Takiesha Martínez, middle school math teacher, San Antonio ISD Susan Hernández, high school math teacher, Northside ISD Resources Math Songs by NumbeRock Free Reading Anchor Charts on Teachers Pay Teachers Explain Everything – Interactive whiteboard app that is compatible with PC, Mac and iPad. Engage your students with with screencasting whiteboard videos. Record everything to create explanations, media-rich presentations, provide feedback, follow-ups, and meeting takeaways. Share them as...

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March 31, 2020

Webinar

Tools & Tips to Alleviate the Homework Gap – COVID-19 School Response Webinar

The homework gap is not a new problem. But with the move to system-wide distance learning, it’s not just a homework gap any longer. This webinar presents ways to support students who do not have internet access or computer. Resources Slide deck – Strategies for Offline Learning during COVID-19 Crisis Charter Communications offers free internet for new households with college or K-12 students. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Texas Educational Agency shares guidance to school districts on providing free internet for students. How can we work for equity & access in challenging times? Webinar by STEM Learning Ecosystem Shared Google Drive folder   This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as...

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March 24, 2020

Webinar

Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices

Get practical solutions to addressing the digital divide for your students. This webinar will explore immediate and sustainable long-term strategies that preserve the integrity of district fiscal policies. Featuring Jordana Barton, MPA, Federal Reserve Bank, email Rene Gonzales, Lit Communities, email Terrence Wilson, J.D., IDRA, email Michelle Martínez Vega, IDRA, email Slide deck – Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices Slide deck – Community Broadband Solutions in Response to COVID 19 Remind app Free Conference Call.com  Google Support – Offline Access  This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as you continue student learning during this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) event. Get details and see past webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries. This series is provided through the IDRA EAC-South.

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March 20, 2020

Webinar

Equitable Practices for Teaching Online – COVID-19 School Response Webinar

This webinar helps teachers rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like teacher-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with your peers, and ways of working with your district to ensure students have access. Slidedeck – Equitable Practices for Teaching Online Sign Up for Free Zoom Account https://zoom.us/signup Zoom Support Center https://support.zoom.us/ Sandbox Site https://zoom.us/test   This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as you continue student learning during this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) event. Get details and see past webinars: https://idra.news/WebinarSeries This series is provided through the IDRA EAC-South.

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March 2, 2020

Student Panel

STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening - STEM Talk Videos

Meet the Student Panelists – Future Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs IDRA helped to coordinate the opening session of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening on March 2, 2020. Students kicked off the event with a student panel discussion followed by individual student STEM talks Those interested in following up with a student can contact Stephanie Garcia, IDRA’s STEM and Gender Equity Education Specialist and director of IDRA’s Texas Chief Science Officer program (stephanie.garcia@idra.org). Shreya Chaudhary, 10th Grade A student at Keystone School, Shreya Chaudhary loves engineering and programming, and she constantly strives to use her skills to better the world around her. As an IDRA Chief Science Officer, she started the FIRST Robotics Club in Keystone and participates in STEM activities, such as the science bowl and science...

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February 24, 2020

Freedom Black History Bus Tour of San Antonio

When you think of San Antonio, you think the Alamo, the Riverwalk, the Spurs, tourism, Mexican cuisine. You don’t necessarily think Black culture. The African American population is only 7%, which is one of the smallest for a U.S. city of this size. But there is a rich Black history here in San Antonio known to few. On this historic tour of the city’s “Eastside,” we strive to shed light on this important story by visiting some of San Antonio’s most notable African American landmarks and locations. We will take a ride to visit over 18 monumental sites significant to the Black community here in the Alamo City, including: Carver Cultural Community Center (formerly the Colored Branch Library) – originally erected in 1918, as a community center for African Americans...

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January 23, 2020

Open House

We’d love to see you at our Open House if you’re in the area! 

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January 10, 2018

Webinars

Webinars List

Recent Webinars by IDRA and Our Partners January 10, 2018 – Integrated Schooling – Strategies and Benefits for Diverse Learning December 5, 2017 – Cultivating Equity-oriented Educators – What SEAs Can do to Promote Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices at the LEA Level – Webinar Series Part II November 15, 2017 – Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – An Effective Tool in Systemic School Transformation under ESSA – Webinar Series Part I November 8, 2017 – Diversifying the Teaching Field – Challenges and Opportunities September 20, 2017 – Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive School Environment for LGBTQ Students August 24, 2017 – How to Comment on the Texas ESSA Plan

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September 20, 2017

Webinar

Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive School Environment for LGBTQ Students – Webinar

Presented by the Center for Education Equity (CEE) in partnership with the IDRA-EAC South How can we affirm and support LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) students and their families in schools? Although a lot of progress has been made in shifting public opinion in the last decade, LGBTQ students still face high incidents of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. What can educators do to support these students and ensure they are given every opportunity to succeed? In this webinar, hear from presenters as they share diverse perspectives and strategies on how to create safe and positive school environments to protect the civil rights and socio-emotional well-being of LGBTQ students. Learning Outcomes Participants will learn about: Strategies, best practices, and policy recommendations to ensure a safe and supportive school...

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April 28, 2017

Fellows Program Symposium 2017

State Investment in School Facilities – José A. Cárdenas 2017 School Finance Fellows Program Research Symposium

At this research symposium, Dr. Marialena Rivera, IDRA’s 2016 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, presented her research findings. Dr. Rivera, provided a briefing on her study, “What about the Schools? – Factors Contributing to Expanded State Investment in School Facilities,” followed by a panel discussion with experts from across the country. Through case studies of five states with varying facilities policies, Dr. Rivera’s study examines the factors contributing to expanded state investment in equitable public school facilities and how those factors can be leveraged to encourage states that make minimal investments to expand their support for facilities funding. The five case study states are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming. An assistant professor of education and community leadership at the Texas State University College of Education, Dr. Rivera’s research...

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October 18, 2016

Roundtable Series

Opportunity Matters Roundtable Series

Through IDRA’s Opportunity Matters Roundtable Series, we spotlight key issues in education quality, opportunity and equity.

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February 3, 2015

Policy Forum

Policy

IDRA briefed legislative staff in Austin on the research and implications for policy in a forum hosted by Senator José Rodríguez and held in collaboration with the Texas Center for Education Policy, University of Texas at Austin.

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February 2, 2015

José A. Cárdenas 2015 School Finance Fellows Program Research Symposium

José A. Cárdenas 2015 School Finance Fellows Program Research Symposium

Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas New Research on Education of English Learners in Middle School and High School Released at IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow Program Symposium

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Parent Institute – Postponed, New Date Pending

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™

Bilingual Parent Institute  Special event for families, community groups, educators and administrators  With the latest CDC recommendations limiting small group gatherings, IDRA is canceling the live stream parent institute that was set for March 27. We will reschedule the popular in-person event for a later date once it is safe to do so and in consultation with our partners. We look forward to seeing you when all this has passed. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to sign up for news updates. 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. This annual institute offers...

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Training – Canceled

Mexican American Studies K-12 Professional Development

  Notice: UTSA announced March 11 that it is transitioning classes to an online format through at least April 13 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. UTSA and other local universities are taking social distancing measures to mitigate community spread. Thus, we must cancel the Mexican American Studies K-12 Professional Development session scheduled for April 11. We expect to be able to reschedule it for a later date. Thank you for your patience. This free workshop will offer guidelines that center on how to plan and teach Mexican American Studies at district and campus levels. Sessions will be led by middle school and high school educators who have created Mexican American Studies curricula in science, literature and social studies. CPE hours available.  Join the conversation at IDRA’s Equity Connection!...

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