Events

Events

May 25, 2024

Cafecito y MAS

Cafecito y MAS

Why Mexican American Studies? Research shows that Mexican American Studies courses lead to improved: standardized test scores; graduation rates; college attendance rates; and academic mindsets. MAS is much more than just a text or any number of books. It is a belated clarion-call to give children a fuller and truer sense of history. It is also a way for schools to give proof positive about the immense contribution of Mexicans and Mexican Americans to who we are as a country.  

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April 16, 2024

The 4-1-1 on SB 233 – A Review of the Newest Georgia Voucher – Webinar

The 4-1-1 on SB 233 – A Review of the Newest Georgia Voucher - Webinar

The Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 233, which is the newest advancement of the education privatization movement in the state. Just before passage, it was changed from a 15-page bill to a 40-page bill overnight. In this webinar replay, learn what is in the bill and what we and advocates will be watching for to prevent further divestment from our public schools. Panelists Terrence Wilson, J.D., Regional Policy and Community Engagement Director Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., Georgia Advocacy Director Mason Godwin, Georgia State University student Prev 1 of 1 Next The 4-1-1 on SB 233 – A Review of the Newest Georgia Voucher - Webinar Prev 1 of 1 Next

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February 13, 2024

How to Meet with Federal Policymakers to End Corporal Punishment in Schools – Webinar Feb 13

How to Meet with Federal Policymakers to End Corporal Punishment in Schools - Webinar Feb 13

It is critical for federal elected officials to hear from their communities about why they should support the Protecting our Students in Schools Act (POSSA) and end corporal punishment in schools. During this webinar, participants will learn about POSSA and receive tips for how to participate in upcoming meetings with federal policymakers. This learning session is co-sponsored by IDRA, the Federal School Discipline and Climate Coalition, Mississippi Coalition to End Corporal Punishment, and the Nollie Jenkins Family Center. To accommodate schedules, this session will be held twice: February 12 at noon and February 13 at 6:00 pm CT. Speakers Ellen Reddy, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Nollie Jenkins Family Center Morgan Craven, National Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, IDRA Blair Wriston, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, The Education Trust Chris...

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February 12, 2024

How to Meet with Federal Policymakers to End Corporal Punishment in Schools – Webinar Feb 12

How to Meet with Federal Policymakers to End Corporal Punishment in Schools - Webinar

It is critical for federal elected officials to hear from their communities about why they should support the Protecting our Students in Schools Act (POSSA) and end corporal punishment in schools. During this webinar, participants will learn about POSSA and receive tips for how to participate in upcoming meetings with federal policymakers. This learning session is co-sponsored by IDRA, the Federal School Discipline and Climate Coalition, Mississippi Coalition to End Corporal Punishment, and the Nollie Jenkins Family Center. To accommodate schedules, this session will be held twice: February 12 at noon and February 13 at 6:00 pm CT. Speakers Ellen Reddy, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Nollie Jenkins Family Center Morgan Craven, National Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, IDRA Blair Wriston, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, The Education Trust Chris...

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February 3, 2024

Alamo STEM Ecosystem Educator Conference

Alamo STEM Ecosystem Educator Conference

We can’t wait to see you there as we emphasize STEM pathways, college & career awareness, building school-community-industry partnerships, and more. Join us for engaging, hands-on sessions for PK-12 teachers (pre- and in-service) who want to learn more about STEM/CTE pathways, increase college and career awareness and real-world connections in their classrooms, and receive resources and best practices to engage all learners, especially emergent bilingual students, students with special needs, and underrepresented students in STEM. The schedule is being developed and will be shared closer to the event. Bring a laptop or tablet to interact in some sessions. A small breakfast & boxed lunch will be provided, thanks to our sponsors! Now accepting proposals to lead presentations here. Registration for this free event is open. Learn more on the Alamo...

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January 22, 2024

Lau v. Nichols 50th Anniversary

Webinar: Lau v. Nichols 50th Anniversary

The Lau v. Nichols U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1974 defined the right of emergent bilingual students to equal access to a meaningful education. IDRA founder Dr. José Cárdenas testified in the case and then assisted the Office for Civil Rights in the development of the Lau Remedies, the first guide for schools about serving emergent bilingual students. Throughout 2024, IDRA will honor the ruling’s anniversary, its impact for students and what it means for today. IDRA co-hosted a commemorative webinar via Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies. Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA President & CEO, spoke alongside the Lau plaintiff lawyer, school superintendents, policy experts and academics. They discussed the policy and practice implications of the ruling through to today.  Co-Sponsors: CABE • Californians Together • Center for Equity &...

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January 17, 2024

STEM Youth Summit

STEM Youth Summit

More than ever, there’s a global priority of preparing students for STEM college and careers at the secondary level with high-quality experiences that increase career awareness and help cultivate relationships, mentorships and work-based experiences in our region. Our goals are to: Broaden STEM career awareness (including DoD career pathways) Connect middle & high school students directly with mentors in our local community (DoD and industry leaders will be present at the summit for networking activities) Provide hands-on workshops to develop leadership and soft skills (critical business skills) training and development opportunities. Due to space constraints, registration is limited. This event is sponsored by the Department of Defense STEM Education Consortium (led locally by IDRA, the Alamo STEM Ecosystem, SAMSAT, and CyberTexas). Have questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Garcia AKA “Dr. G,”...

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December 5, 2023

STEM Student Advisory Board Meetings

STEM Student Advisory Board Meetings

Join our Student Advisory Board to plan for this city-wide event! On January 17, our citywide STEM Youth Summit will be the place to be! Since this summit is for students by students, we invite students to join one or more of our virtual meeting dates via Zoom. September 19 @ 4-5 pm CDT October 17 @ 4-5 pm CDT November 14 @ 4-5 pm CST December 5 @ 4-5 pm CST See flier PDF. Questions? Contact Dr. G at IDRA 210-789-1170; stephanie.garcia@idra.org The summit and planning sessions are being held by the Alamo STEM Ecosystem, which is co-led by IDRA and SAMSAT with support from the Defense STEM Education Consortium and the CyberTexas Foundation. hr{ border-top: 2px solid #0072CF; }

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November 16, 2023

Paving the Way for Educational Justice

Paving the Way for Educational Justice – IDRA 50th Anniversary Archives Donation Reception

As some state leaders attempt to limit learning and discussions of diversity, our communities will not be silenced. On November 16, 2023, the University of Texas at Austin welcomed IDRA – one of the nation’s leading education civil rights organizations – for its 50th anniversary celebration and archives dedication. Down the street in Austin, the state legislature debated whether to increase school funding or to divert millions for privatization. At the same time, the State Board of Education worked to codify censorship policies that restrict classroom learning about diversity and true history. At our reception, we discussed the importance of connecting past social justice movements with the current struggle to protect our histories and civil rights. IDRA’s 50-year archives at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections provides resources...

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November 2, 2023

IDRA 50th Anniversary Gala in San Antonio

IDRA 50th Anniversary Gala in San Antonio

Over 300 people gathered with us at the Red Berry Estate in San Antonio to celebrate the legacy of the IDRA community and look toward the next 50 years of supporting students and public schools across the country. In 1973, a small group of concerned citizens set out to challenge inequities in Texas public schools and defend all students and their right to an excellent and equitable education. Since then, IDRA has grown into a national non-profit that influences policy; guides school leaders and teachers; conducts research; and creates powerful student and parent leadership programs. IDRA’s work focuses on students of color, emergent bilingual students, and students from families with limited means across the U.S. South, particularly in Texas and Georgia. As we celebrate 50 years, we also honor those...

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October 19, 2023

Webinar – Cultural Chronicles: The Significance of Mexican American Studies

Webinar - Cultural Chronicles: The Significance of Mexican American Studies

  Watch this 90-minute panel of educators, researchers and community leaders that delves into the transformative influence of ethnic studies on students and their families. Discover how these programs empower students to connect with their heritage, challenge stereotypes and develop critical thinking skills. Key discussion points include: Empowering Identity: Learn how ethnic studies programs help students of diverse backgrounds develop a strong sense of self-identity and cultural pride. Fostering Inclusivity: Explore how ethnic studies promote inclusivity by embracing diverse perspectives and narratives. Academic Excellence: Discover how ethnic studies can enhance academic performance by engaging students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences. Family Engagement: Hear how ethnic studies can strengthen family bonds through shared cultural exploration and conversations. Community Impact: Understand the broader societal benefits of ethnic studies, from promoting empathy...

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October 3, 2023

Webinar: AI in Education

Webinar: AI in Education - Leveraging AI in Education Research and in the Classroom

  Learn different ways to use artificial intelligence tools and resources to improve the classroom experience and advance education research. Panelists will discuss the ethical implications of using AI in education and ideas for classroom use. Hector Bojorquez is IDRA’s Director of Operations and Educational Practice. Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D., is an IDRA Education Associate. And Manuel Urbina is a teacher in the San Antonio ISD. Resource The Importance of Artificial Intelligence in Education for All Students, IDRA Newsletter   hr{ border-top: 2px solid #0072CF; }

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September 28, 2023

Webinar: Unpacking New OCR Guidance on Race and School Programming

Webinar: Unpacking New OCR Guidance on Race and School Programming

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released its long-awaited guidance on race and school programing in August 2023. Join IDRA’s Morgan Craven, J.D., and Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., in unpacking and applying OCR’s guidance, including an overview of the applicable legal standards, discussion of the hypotheticals utilized in the guidance, and policy recommendations for school leaders. Morgan Craven, J.D., is IDRA’s National Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement. Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., is IDRA’s Chief Legal Analyst. Resources Fact Sheet: Diversity & Inclusion Activities Under Title VI U.S. Department of Education: Race and School Programming

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September 23, 2023

Jovita Idar – U.S. Civil Rights Trailblazer Teacher Workshop

Jovita Idar – U.S. Civil Rights Trailblazer Teacher Workshop

Learn about Jovita Idar, a teacher, journalist, nurse and civil rights activist who grew up in Texas and endeavored to expose segregation, lynching and other injustices endured by Mexican Americans in the early 20th century. Jovita Idar was born September 7, 1885. Also, see a classroom lesson about Jovita Idar and other important people on IDRA’s We All Belong – School Resource Hub? Check out the lesson by Unladylike2000, through a partnersihp with IDRA. IDRA provides training and customized technical assistance that supports educators in offering Mexican American Studies courses in Texas public schools. We co-led two professional development training sessions to support the extension and expansion of Mexican American Studies in teacher preparation and ongoing professional development. Learn more.

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September 9, 2023

Cafecito y MAS

Cafecito y MAS

In San Antonio: Teachers; students; those interested in teaching ethnic studies, social justice and civil rights; families; and interested community members, join us for Cafecito & MAS, a morning of sharing, planning and dialoguing. Join us for a morning of sharing, planning and dialoguing. Please share this invitation with your network of students, teachers and community members. We will have another in October, Teacher Focused. Date TBA Student Led – Student Focus. Free event. Meet our MAS for All students! If you have questions, please send an email to: aurelio.montemayor@idra.org or allie.salazar@idra.org

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July 19, 2023

Reception

IDRA 50th Anniversary Reception in Washington, D.C.

Featuring remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cynthia “Cindy” Marten, The Honorable Joaquin Castro & The Honorable Teresa Leger Fernández Host Committee Legal Defense Fund MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) National Coalition on School Diversity Seek Common Ground In 1973, a small group of concerned citizens set out to challenge inequities in Texas public schools and defend all students and their right to an excellent and equitable education. Since then, IDRA has grown into a national non-profit that influences policy; guides school leaders and teachers; conducts research; and creates powerful student and parent leadership programs. IDRA’s work focuses on students of color, emergent bilingual students, and students from families with limited means across the U.S. South, particularly in Texas and Georgia. As we celebrate 50 years, we...

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June 29, 2023

What New Education Laws Mean for Texas Schools – Webinar

What New Education Laws Mean for Texas Schools - Webinar

Reviewing the 2023 Texas Legislative Session What happened in the Texas legislative session? This webinar reviews new educational policies from the Texas legislative session and how they affect schools, educators, students and parents. Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., and Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., give an overview of policies that passed (or didn’t) related to school funding, emergent bilingual education, school safety, college readiness and access, and culturally-sustaining schooling. See the slidedeck (PDF)

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June 13, 2023

Discover the Power of AI for Educators – Three-day Virtual Academy

Discover the Power of AI for Educators – Three-day Virtual Academy

Exploring New Horizons in Education Learn how to integrate AI technology into your classroom in meaningful ways. In this three-day virtual academy, you will explore the many benefits of AI in education, including efficiency, personalized learning and student engagement. Through interactive sessions, you will learn about the latest AI tools and resources available to educators and how to effectively implement them in the classroom. Get hands-on experience with AI applications, such as Chat GPT, Canva, chatbots, virtual assistants, and data analytics tools. You will also gain insights into the ethical considerations surrounding AI in education, such as privacy, bias and transparency. Learn best practices for ensuring the responsible and effective use of AI with students. By the end of this academy, you will have a foundational understanding of the benefits...

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June 11, 2023

“Precious Knowledge” Documentary Teach-in and Screening

“Precious Knowledge” Documentary Teach-in and Screening

The Georgia Coalition for Education Justice is hosting a free teach-in and screening of “Precious Knowledge,” a documentary recounting the struggle for liberated ethnic studies education in Arizona. Get an overview of classroom censorship policies in Georgia and the Southeast through interactive, small-group breakouts and plan next steps to advocate the education students deserve! Note: Programming is most suitable for participants ages 13 and up.  If attending in person, please register. The screening will take place at Gwinnett County Public Library- Norcross Branch; Meeting Room, 5735 Buford Hwy, Norcross, GA 30071. If attending virtually, please register to receive the link and calendar notice. For students under the age of 18, a primary adult caregiver must complete this form in advance: https://idra.news/Waiver.

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May 30, 2023

Virtual Roundtable Discussion – Texas Bilingual Special Education Certificate Implementation

Virtual Roundtable Discussion – Texas Bilingual Special Education Certificate Implementation

Though Texas has tens of thousands of emergent bilingual students with disabilities, the state has not had a teacher certification program that equips professionals to meet the needs of those students. Until now! The Texas Legislature in 2021 passed HB 2256 to create such a program. HB 2256 came out of a year-long initiative, the Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative. The State has been developing the rules and standards and is asking for input from experts like you. IDRA is holding a series of roundtable discussions to convene professionals in bilingual special education to assist. We will compile recommendations to submit to the Texas Education Agency. Help us give input to TEA about the new Texas Bilingual Special Education (BSE) certification standards. Discuss the standards Clarify the vision and role of...

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May 18, 2023

Webinar Symposium: IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellowship 2023

IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellowship

Research Presentations by Two IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Plus a Bonus Presentation by Student Researchers Two IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows, Dr. Vanessa A. Sansone and Dr. David Martínez, presented their research at our virtual symposium. Their research papers and video presentations and panel highlights are below. Session 1 IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, Dr. Vanessa A. Sansone, presented her study that examined CARES Act funding and spending patterns among Hispanic-serving institutions in Texas. An Exploration of CARES Act Funding Policies Affecting Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Texas An Exploration of CARES Act Funding Policies Affecting Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Texas – Executive Summary Panel Response   Moderator: Celina Moreno, J.D., President & CEO, IDRA Jaime Chahín, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of the College of Applied Arts, Texas...

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March 27, 2023

Bring VisionCoders to Your School – Intro Webinar for San Antonio-area Middle Schools

Bring VisionCoders to Your School – Intro Webinar for San Antonio-area Middle Schools

Calling all San Antonio-area middle schools! We have a unique opportunity for your school community that can greatly benefit your students with a high-quality, social-emotional learning (SEL ) and asset-based STEM-CS program – at no cost to you. This in-school program offers students who are in at-risk situations to become the next generation of software coders through IDRA’s innovative project, VisionCoders. In this course, eighth-grade students create educational games for prekinder and first grade students in their school community. Learn more about this incredible program and why you will want to launch it at your school during the 2023-24 school year. For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Garcia, VisionCoders project director and IDRA’s STEM and gender equity education specialist at stephanie.garcia@idra.org.

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March 22, 2023

DSEC STEM Community Launch Event

DSEC STEM Community Launch Event

  Community launch to announce a federal initiative to bolster the STEM pipeline for San Antonio students. Who: Speakers include: Dr. Stephanie Garcia, IDRA STEM and gender equity education specialist; and Alamo STEM Ecosystem lead Mayor Ron Nirenberg Dr. Michael Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges Dr. Raul Reyna, Founder, Alamo STEM Ecosystem Alicia de Hoyos, IDRA STEM Youth Leader & Student at South San Antonio ISD Along with representatives from Cyber Texas, Palo Alto College, Ft. Sam ISD, Edgewood ISD, North East ISD

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March 22, 2023

Rodriguez vs. San Antonio 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Rodriguez vs. San Antonio 50th Anniversary Commemoration

The Fight for School Finance Equity: Past, Present and Future San Antonio is the place where the battle for fair funding of schools in Texas was born with the Rodríguez vs. San Antonio ISD case and the series of Edgewood cases that followed. This community was at the front of what turned out to be a hard and often bitter fight that has continued for decades – the fight to assure that children in this and other communities like it would not continue to suffer under a bad and unjust system of financing schools. On the 50th anniversary of this momentous ruling, IDRA, Trinity University and its Center for Education Leadership, Edgewood ISD and the National Coalition on School Diversity hosted a commemorative event to reflect on the case, its...

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March 14, 2023

TLEEC Livestream Town Hall – Protecting Our Public Schools

TLEEC Livestream Town Hall – Protecting Our Public Schools

Learn how vouchers hurt our communities and what you can do about it Get info on voucher proposals that the Texas Legislature is considering. Learn how they threaten to dramatically impact classroom resources, financial transparency and accountability. Presenters will share legal concerns and the perspectives of special education advocates. In particular, we will discuss actions you and others in your school or community can take to stop vouchers from hurting our neighborhood public schools. Los Vales No Valen! #TLEEC

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February 23, 2023

IDRA Annual Youth Summit

Students United for Education Reform - National Virtual Summit

Do you see issues within your school that affect your peers’ education? Do you want to learn how to advocate for student rights? Building equitable spaces for all students starts with your voice! Watch IDRA’s national virtual youth summit to learn about how you can advocate for safer and more successful learning environments, especially in communities targeted by inequitable education policies. As a student, you have immeasurable power to make a difference in the future of education. IDRA facilitated this work, but the plans and actions were student-driven. #ForStudentsByStudents Feel free to share on social media! Event slidedeck (PDF) • Learn more about IDRA’s 2022 Youth Advisory Board

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November 1, 2022

Webinar Recording

Tools for Teaching About Race and Culture

In today’s climate of classroom censorship, tools for culturally sustaining teaching can be hard to find and implement. This is why IDRA launched our new school resource hub for educators, families and policy advocates who want to make sure students receive a strong, truthful education in our public schools. In this webinar, get tips for using our latest four-part lesson plan series that will facilitate thoughtful high school classroom discussions of real-world issues and solutions. Hear from the developers of the lessons for IDRA, Dr. Marlon C. James and Dr. Kelly N. Ferguson, of Equality and Equity Group, LLC. CulturED Collection #GotCulture? – A Lesson on How Culture Shapes Us – Introduce students to important elements of culture, both surface and deep culture. Students will come to understand how culture shapes...

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October 25, 2022

Webinar Recording

6 Steps to Revolutionary School Leadership

Get the context, empowerment and concrete actions you need to dismantle racist policies and practices in your school that for decades, across the country, have kept students of color from experiencing the same success as their white counterparts in schools. Racism isn’t always intentional. Racial justice, on the other hand, must be. This revolutionary experience will enable education leaders seeking racial justice to put their intentions into action – and grant the promise of an equitable and culturally rich education to all students. We are excited to feature IDRA board member and award-winning former superintendent, Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Revolutionary ED, LLC, and is a nationally recognized educational leader, antiracism activist, and published author who unapologetically advocates for Black, Indigenous,...

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October 6, 2022

Webinar

The Realities of the Digital Divide within Texas Colonias

This webinar features a conversation on the realities of the digital divide within the colonias of Texas. Colonias are housing developments along the south Texas border that are part of the rural landscape of Texas. These vibrant communities often have been denied basic services, such as drinking water, sewage treatment, paved roads, and Internet infrastructure. Currently, about 500,000 Texans live in the colonias and face the difficulties of being on the wrong side of the digital divide on a daily basis. In this bilingual session, you will hear from local residents and experts who will share stories of their experiences, what they have done to improve their communities and how they tackle connectivity challenges. Panelists Lourdes Flores, President of Arise Adelante Jordana Barton-García, Principal, Barton-García Advisors Eva Carranza, parent and...

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September 27, 2022

Webinar

Strategies for Using Books to Promote SEL

Social emotional learning (SEL) is integral to student success in the classroom. It helps students develop the necessary skills to regulate their own emotions as well as build and maintain relationships with peers and teachers. Research shows that SEL activities can lead to “improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others and school.” Through IDRA’s Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success project, led by Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA provided coaching to school leadership teams who saw the need for building teacher capacity in SEL strategies. In this webinar, Dr. Nilka Avilés and consultants Jeanne Cantu and Gerald Sharp will present the strategy of using interactive read alouds. Students can read about and hear how book characters respond to different behavioral...

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September 20, 2022

Webinar

Community Discussion about Equity and Attendance

Hosted by Student Engagement and Attendance Center (SEAC) and the IDRA EAC-South Naturally, states and school districts have rules about student attendance. But sometimes attendance policies are unfair to specific student groups. Being present for school impacts student access to instruction. It also can indicate student engagement and sense of belonging, which support academic performance. The COVID-19 pandemic caused school officials and communities to consider the most effective and meaningful approaches to measuring, collecting, reporting and using attendance data to better support students. This interactive, virtual webinar featured a panel of students, families and education agency staff who discussed various topics on authentic engagement in attendance-related practices, such as: How do schools and districts engage with students and their families in conversations about school attendance policies? How do schools and...

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September 19, 2022

Why Book Bans and Restrictive Policies Hurt Us All – Webinar

The Censored Classroom

The Center for Educators & Schools held a conversation about how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education. Book bans and classroom censorship policies are sweeping the nation. This webinar conversation focused on how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education and negatively affect educators, students, and society at large. Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., IDRA Deputy Director of Policy, discussed what the current censorship landscape looks like today, where teachers can find resources to learn more, and what this means for the future of the teaching profession. This event was open to all educators across the country and is part of the New York Public Library’s Banned Books Week. Interested in finding out more about the Center for Educators and Schools? Visit us at nypl.org/ces or subscribe to...

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August 24, 2022

Webinar Recording

Tools for Teaching in a Climate of Classroom Censorship

Educators across the country are committed to making sure students receive a strong, truthful education in our public schools. But vague classroom censorship policies and their residual chilling effects in multiple states, aim to shut down free expression in schools. As a result, students stand to be completely unprepared to engage in thoughtful discussions of real-world issues and solutions. IDRA recently launched a new resource hub designed for educators, families and policy advocates, particularly in the U.S. South, who want to make sure students receive a strong, truthful education in our public schools. In this webinar (video below), you will… See a demo of IDRA’s new School Resource Hub for educators. The website has original and curated lesson plans and tools for teaching history and current events about race and...

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July 20, 2022

IDRA Education Policy Fellowship Q&A – Virtual Office Hours

IDRA Education Policy Fellowship Q&A – Virtual Office Hours

IDRA issued our call for applications for our 2022-23 Education Policy Fellowship Program. Join a virtual Q&A session where you can hear directly from policy fellows about their experiences in the program and the work they accomplished within the Texas and Georgia legislatures. Listen and ask questions before applying here!   As a reminder, each fellow will receive: Training in the state legislative process, including how to employ a variety of advocacy strategies; Access to a network of educational equity advocates who have influenced generations of policy and litigation in Texas and Georgia; Real-time, real-world training during the Texas and Georgia legislative sessions; At least one policy mentor, based on fellows’ interests; Training in IDRA’s family leadership in education framework, which centers families and students in educational policy reform; Access to...

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June 14, 2022

People! Power! Plan! Building Ecosystems for Equitable Schooling

June 14-16, 2022 Virtual Event for Educators

  The IDRA EAC-South brings together educational leaders, teachers and community organizers to focus on individual, institutional and systems-level work to identify and remove barriers for students. In this workshop-style convening, you will get tools and information to open access and opportunity for students, foster equitable learning environments, and increase and support pathways to culturally sustaining schools. We encourage you to form teams from your district, campus or organization to take advantage of the five strands of learning and community-building opportunities: Translanguaging for Social Justice Students Seeing Themselves: Ethnic Studies and Beyond Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Schooling Equitable Hiring Practices Equitable Education Policy & Reform This professional learning experience will provide: Power – Content delivery by leading equity experts People – Opportunities for facilitated peer discussions for school transformation Plan...

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May 11, 2022

Cultivating Conscientization in the Classroom – Webinar

Cultivating Conscientization in the Classroom – Webinar

Conscientization, also known as “critical consciousness” is a popular education and social concept developed by Brazilian pedagogue and educational theorist, Paulo Freire (1970). Research shows that higher critical consciousness is associated with higher self-esteem, higher political engagement, higher professional aspirations, academic engagement and even higher academic achievement. Dr. Victor Lozada is currently using Freire’s concept of conscientization in his elementary music classroom to discuss the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. He uses many children’s books and music to discuss social change. In this webinar, you will learn about Freire’s concept of conscientization and how to use books and music to teach critical consciousness in the classroom. In addition to teaching music at a Denton ISD elementary school, Dr. Victor Lozada is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas...

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April 20, 2022

How the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership Works – Webinar April 20, 2022

How the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership Works - Webinar

Re-engage Struggling Students by Bringing the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership Program to Your School The IDRA Valued Youth Partnership has demonstrated tremendous success helping students focus on their education and increasing the school’s holding power by focusing on students with the highest need of support. For almost four decades, the VYP has kept 35,000 students in school and positively impacted the lives of 750,000 children, families and educators! Get an overview of the program, its strong research base and steps to bring the program to your school, including how you can use federal relief funds to cover the cost. In unprecedented times such as these, schools and districts need a partner with a record of proven success, because all children are valuable, none is expendable. See the slidedeck from the...

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March 10, 2022

Listening Session

The Future of Testing and School Accountability in Texas

Texas lawmakers need to hear from you! Texas’s school testing assessments and accountability systems are closely connected. Student tests are supposed to tell us how well students are learning, and the school accountability system is supposed to tell us how good our schools are. But one thing many of us can agree on is that these systems do not measure everything we want to know about students’ learning, success, and our public schools. IDRA invites you to this listening session to share your thoughts on what makes a school great, and what students want and need most to succeed. This listening session is part of a statewide campaign by Raise Your Hand Texas to speak to 10,000 Texans about what makes schools great. Participants are welcome to share thoughts at...

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February 1, 2022

Virtual Roundtables

Help Shape Texas’ New Bilingual Special Education Certification

Though Texas has tens of thousands of emergent bilingual students with disabilities, the state has not had a teacher certification program that equips professionals to meet the needs of those students. Until now. The Texas Legislature in 2021 passed HB 2256 to create such a program. HB 2256 came out of a year-long initiative, the Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative*. The State Board for Educator Certification must now develop the rules and standards and is asking for input from experts like you. IDRA is holding a series of roundtable discussions to convene professionals in bilingual special education to assist. We will compile recommendations to submit at the February 11 State Board of Education meeting. This is an invitation-only event. But you are welcome to extend the invitation to your...

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October 27, 2021

Webinar

In the Red – Drawing the Line on Digital Redlining Practices - Webinar

Digital redlining is the practice of income-based discrimination by Internet-service providers and other corporations who systematically exclude families in low-income neighborhoods from connecting to robust broadband Internet services. Digital redlining perpetuates inequities within racially marginalized groups, specifically through the use of digital technologies, digital content, and the Internet. In this webinar, we will discuss how digital redlining widens the digital divide and how the “homework gap” impacts students and their families. We will also highlight digital literacy’s role in helping students and their families navigate digital technologies and online information. Join us to hear our work on digital equity at IDRA, provide a history of digital redlining and its disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx communities, and discuss forward-facing solutions to address the digital divide in Texas. Featuring: Michelle Vega,...

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October 20, 2021

Symposium: IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellowship

How Calculus Access and Funding Inequity Limits College Readiness

IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez, presented his report examining the equity of college readiness across schools in Texas. He and a panel of experts discussed college readiness in math. The study, Texas is Not Financing College Readiness – Wealth and Inequities Highlighted by the Civil Rights Data Collection, specifically focuses on calculus, which is a key indicator of college readiness and is not equally and fairly accessible in Texas public schools. See flier See the symposium slidedeck See our related infographic on Math and College Readiness     hr{ border-top: 2px solid #0072CF; }

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October 19, 2021

Facebook Live

Make It Make Sense! – What Data Tell Us About the School-to-Prison Pipeline

This webinar highlights recent data from IDRA that shows the impact of discipline on school outcomes. We discussed different data sources and ways to access and use data for advocacy efforts aimed at closing the school-to-prison pipeline. See the event slidedeck. The recorded video is below. See our new data dashboard: Corporal Punishment in U.S. States & School Districts. Corporal punishment does not teach or lead to improved behavior. But it does harm children. And corporal punishment is more likely to be inflicted on children of color, with Black students being most likely to be subject to corporal punishment than any other students. Visit IDRA’s End Corporal Punishment in Schools website to learn more: • Data Dashboard: Corporal Punishment in U.S. States and School Districts • Policy Brief: Stopping Harmful Corporal Punishment...

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July 29, 2021

IDRA Ed Policy Summer Camp Series

IDRA Ed Policy Summer Camp Series

Join students, families, and other advocates to learn and talk about the issues that impact schools during IDRA’s weekly summer learning series! June 17, 2021: Whitewashing the Truth in Schools: An Update on Texas’ HB 3979 Texas’ House Bill 3979 and similar bills across the country are being used to whitewash history and limit how teachers and students can discuss racism, sexism and our country’s history of discrimination. In IDRA’s first Ed Policy Summer Camp session, we will share how these harmful bills will impact students and ways we can organize to protect learning in schools. June 24, 2021: Texas Legislative Wrap-up: Education Policy Study Hall What happened in the Texas legislative session? During this session wrap-up conversation, you are invited to learn about the policies that passed (or didn’t)...

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June 15, 2021

How the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership Works – Webinar

How the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership Works - Webinar

When students return to school after this extended time away, it will be more important than ever to strengthen school-family-community relationships in order to reconnect with students, especially those who have been harder to reach during this time of distance learning. The IDRA Valued Youth Partnership has demonstrated tremendous success helping students focus on their education and increasing the school’s holding power by focusing on students with the highest need of support. Over the past 35 years, the VYP has kept 35,000 students in school and positively impacted the lives of 750,000 children, families and educators! Get an overview of the program, its strong research base and steps to bring the program to your school, including how you can use federal relief funds to cover the cost. In unprecedented times...

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June 2, 2021

Ready – Reopen – Reconnect! – Webinar

Ready – Reopen – Reconnect! - Webinar

Proven Strategies for Re-engaging Students Who Need You the Most June 2, 2021 When schools open this fall, students and educators will carry with them the trauma of the pandemic experience. Faced with students’ increased mobility, family economic hardship, lost relationships with teachers, and lack of academic success, schools lost touch with many students. Find out key factors that keep students coming back and how you can help them feel a sense of success day after day. IDRA shows strategies that have been proven successful in the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership program and how you can integrate them into your school planning for the next school year. We also outline ways you can use federal relief funds to strengthen student engagement and increase attendance.   See eBook: Ready – Reopen...

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May 20, 2021

Ready – Reopen – Reconnect! – Webinar

Ready – Reopen – Reconnect! - Webinar

Proven Strategies for Re-engaging Students Who Need You the Most May 20, 2021 When schools open this fall, students and educators will carry with them the trauma of the pandemic experience. Faced with students’ increased mobility, family economic hardship, lost relationships with teachers, and lack of academic success, schools lost touch with many students. Find out key factors that keep students coming back and how you can help them feel a sense of success day after day. IDRA shows strategies that have been proven successful in the IDRA Valued Youth Partnership program and how you can integrate them into your school planning for the next school year. We also outline ways you can use federal relief funds to strengthen student engagement and increase attendance. See eBook: Ready – Reopen –...

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May 19, 2021

How the Chief Science Officers Program Engages Students in STEM – Webinar

How the Chief Science Officers Program Engages Students in STEM - Webinar

See how you can bring the Texas Chief Science Officer program to your school for free! CSOs are students in grades 6-12 elected by their peers to be liaisons for STEM in their schools and communities. In this free out-of-school-time program, students develop leadership skills to implement on-campus projects and advocate for student voice in STEM. In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Garcia will provide an overview of the program and the easy steps for bringing it to your campus. She will be joined by CSO student Arturo, who will describe his experience and how the COVID-19 accommodations this year enabled him and other CSOs to shine. Learn more about the IDRA Texas Chief Science Officer program.

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May 19, 2021

Save Civics! Virtual Town Hall – TLEEC

Save Civics! Virtual Town Hall

Community members made their voices be heard on HB 3979. Many constituents did not get to testify about why practical, real-life civics education is important to them. As the Texas Senate was about to debate this bill that would limit speech and engagement in Texas classrooms, we held our own hearing. Watch to see who joined us to make sure the Senate knows that teachers, students and community members deserve better. Learn more about HB 3979.  Watch the press conference on May 19, 2021. See video from our Save Civics! Virtual Town Hall Tell your Senator to vote NO!   This event is hosted by the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition (TLEEC), a collaborative of organizations and individuals with the mission to improve the quality of public education for all children,...

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May 10, 2021

Education Policy Testimony Help – Virtual Office Hours

Education Policy Testimony Help – Virtual Office Hours

Got 15 Minutes? Take Action for Public Education! IDRA holds virtual office hours to walk you through the process of submitting public comments online Each week, committees in the Texas Legislature consider specific bills related to public education. You can add your voice to advocates across the state calling for high-quality public education for every student. With health precautions in place, most public input will occur online. You can help without missing school or work to travel to Austin. Every Monday afternoon, IDRA will help students, families, educators and community members submit their own comments on education bills being debated by Texas lawmakers that week. #ShareYourStory Bilingual event in English & Spanish What happens during IDRA’s virtual office hours? Get information on bills that will be heard by lawmakers that...

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April 28, 2021

First Steps in Project-Based Learning – Webinar

First Steps in Project-Based Learning – Webinar

Are you interested in project-based learning but not sure where to start? Project-based learning is a transformative pedagogical method based on student-centered classrooms, but it requires teachers to adjust how they present information and facilitate learning. This IDRA webinar answers some of the most common questions about planning, implementation and best practices for project-based learning. Learn how to transform your teaching to better support your student’s learning.  

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April 14, 2021

Texas Bilingual Education Family Advocacy Night

Texas Bilingual Education Family Advocacy Night

Tell Texas policymakers why they should support bilingual students! Join us in this Zoom session where IDRA will help you use social media and your telephone to advocate for emergent bilingual students (English learners). This free session will be conducted in Spanish and English.

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March 31, 2021

Highlights for Creating a More Bilingual Texas – Webinar

Highlights for Creating a More Bilingual Texas – Webinar

Before COVID-10, schools in Texas struggled to prepare emergent bilingual students for college. Less than one in three (29%) graduates in the class of 2019 were deemed college-ready. And emergent bilingual students were more likely to experience chronic absenteeism with 24% missing three or more days of school. Already faced with a short teacher supply, emergent bilingual students must now navigate the complexities and hardships posed by campus closures. In this webinar, Dr. Chloe Latham Sikes outlines six recommendations in our just-released report, Creating a More Bilingual Texas – A Closer Look at Bilingual Education in the Lone Star State, that she co-authored with Chandra Kring Villanueva of Every Texan. The report provides an overview of policies, history and current issues for emergent bilingual students and bilingual/ESL education in Texas....

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March 9, 2021

TLEEC Virtual Town Hall Series

TLEEC Town Hall Series

  Members and friends of the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition are holding a series of three community conversations about how we can work together to strengthen public education, particularly for students of color. This virtual event is for families, community members and advocates across the state to discuss state policies before the Texas legislative session that began in January and ends in May. We will share stories with one another and work toward a TLEEC Legislative lobby day. Schedule (Dates revised due to winter storms) TLEEC Town Hall Part 1: February 9, focusing on investing in public school students and on promoting quality bilingual education TLEEC Town Hall Part 2: March 9, focusing on meaningful assessment and fair accountability and on preparing all students for college readiness and success...

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February 25, 2021

Principals Leading in a Pandemic – Webinar

Principals Leading in a Pandemic – Webinar

Educational leaders are juggling many priorities with the extraordinary challenges COVID-19 brought for principals and all campus administrators. This webinar explores lessons learned during the pandemic on how to provide thoughtful and effective leadership. Principals Dr. Timothy Vaughn from Edgewood ISD, Rawan Hammoudeh from San Antonio ISD and Jorge Cruz of Southwest ISD join Dr. Nilka Avilés of IDRA to discuss the competencies they have used in finding solutions to the challenges and concerns during this pandemic.   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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February 11, 2021

Texas Student Advocacy Convening

Texas Student Advocacy Convening

As a student, you have immeasurable power to make a difference in the future of education. The Texas Legislature is convening in Austin between in early 2021 to make decisions that affect your schooling. But they rarely get to hear from students and get your perspective. They need to know what students faced throughout the pandemic and your vision for your future. At this virtual summit, you and other students will hear the results of a student-led survey about their experiences with school during the pandemic, discuss major policy issues the legislature is considering and issues you think they should consider, and plan next steps for elevating student voices at the capitol. IDRA facilitated this work, but the plans and actions were student-driven. #ForStudentsByStudents

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February 4, 2021

Entendiendo la Legislatura de Texas: Lege 101 – Webinar

Entendiendo la Legislatura de Texas: Lege 101 – Webinar

Understanding the Texas Legislature: Lege 101 – Webinar Le invitamos a un evento de IDRA que le ayudará a mejor entender como funciona la legislatura de Texas. El enfoque del taller sera como usar el poder colectivo que tenemos para presionar la legislatura y pasar leyes que apoyan la educación bilingüe. Este evento se llevará a cabo principalmente en español con subtítulos en inglés y traducción. We invite you to an IDRA event that will help you better understand how the Texas legislature functions. The focus of this workshop will be on how to use our collective power to pressure the legislature and pass laws that support bilingual education. This virtual event will be conducted in Spanish with English translation and presentation subtitles Provided through IDRA’s Education CAFEs and our Texas...

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January 26, 2021

Impact of the Pandemic on Bilingual Education – Webinar

Impact of the Pandemic on Bilingual Education – Webinar

In-person student engagement with teachers is ideal for listening, speaking and other social interactions that are critical parts of language development. But virtual platforms and limited in-person engagement caused by COVID-19 precautions hinder such engagement. This webinar features a phenomenal Texas educator, Grace Delgado, executive director of multilingual services for Aldine ISD, to review programming and instructional considerations for bilingual education and serving emergent bilingual students, as well as relevant applications for virtual and remote learning. Resources Impact of the Pandemic on Bilingual Education IDRA Slidedeck Aldine ISD – K-12 Linguistic Accommodations (online learning) Strong Start 2020 Texas English Learner Program Implementation Guidance 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...

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November 17, 2020

Mesa Comunitaria on Young English Learner Education

Mesa Comunitaria on Young English Learner Education

Mesa Comunitaria sobre la educación de los niños bilingües Join us for a community conversation about how we can work together to strengthen education for young English learner students. This virtual event is for families and interested community members across the state to discuss state policies leading into the Texas legislative session that begins in January. Hear major policy ideas from the Early Childhood English Learner Initiative that IDRA is a part of. And find out how you can advocate for young English learner students. IDRA also will share information about our new initiative, Family Advocates for Young English Learners and how you can receive continuous policy information, support, and training to contact your representatives on bilingual education policies. This event will be mostly conducted in Spanish with English captioning...

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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 missed out on chances to practice leadership when they were schooling from home. In this webinar, meet teens and college students who were helping families and their children navigate technology for school. They share their ideas for how schools and communities can engage youth while also providing much-needed tech support in their family engagement work that 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 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. hr{ border-top: 2px solid #0072CF; }  

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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  See our events listing for upcoming webinars and Facebook Live events. 2024 Georgia Students, Parents, Educators and Advocates Support Public Schools – News Conference in Response to Governor Kemp Signing SB 233, April 23, 2024 The 4-1-1 on SB 233 – A Review of the Newest Georgia Voucher, April 16, 2024 How to Meet with Federal Policymakers to End Corporal Punishment in Schools, February 13, 2004 (also held February 12, 2024) Lau v. Nichols 50th Anniversary, with Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies, January 22, 2024 2023 AI in Education – Leveraging AI in Education Research and in the Classroom, October 11, 2023 Cultural Chronicles: The Significance of Mexican American Studies, October 20, 2023 What New Education Laws Mean for Texas Schools – Webinar, June 30, 2023 ...

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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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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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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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Listening Sessions – Experiences with Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEPs) in Texas

Listening Sessions – Experiences with Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEPs) in Texas

See flier (PDF) IDRA and Texas Appleseed want to hear from students, parents, caregivers, teachers, school and district leaders, lawyers, and community advocates to learn about your experiences with disciplinary alternative education programs (DAEPs) in Texas. What You Can Expect We will use information from these listening sessions to inform a report on the history and current state of DAEPs in Texas. We can hold sessions individually or in groups. These listening sessions will provide valuable personal insight that data alone cannot offer, enabling us to create a well-informed policy report that reflects the experiences of students and families. Your name, etc., will maintain anonymity in the final report. Questions? Contact Us! Paige Duggins-Clay, Chief Legal Analyst, IDRA: paige.duggins-clay@idra.org Renuka Rege, Policy Advisor, Texas Appleseed: rrege@texasappleseed.org

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ReOpen – ReConnect – ReClaim – Ensuring Equitable Learning Environments for All Students – Virtual Convening

ReOpen – ReConnect – ReClaim – Ensuring Equitable Learning Environments for All Students – Virtual Convening

Get effective tools and information to help ReOpen schools after the pandemic, strategies to ReConnect with students for their mental well-being and accelerated learning, and ReClaim your own sense of connectedness, community and power. July 29-30, 2021 This virtual conference will feature equity experts from across the country. We encourage you to form teams from your district, campus or organization to take advantage of the five strands being offered this year: Authentic Family and Community Engagement and Advocacy Leading with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reopening with Welcoming & Inclusive Schools – Response to COVID-19 Ethnic and Cultural Studies Increasing Student Engagement See full agenda (pdf) Get research-based practices, frameworks and recommendations to give your team a common language to address equity, student achievement, social-emotional learning and trauma-responsive education Registration for...

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