Events

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™

Bilingual Parent Institute 

Special event for families, community groups, educators and administrators 

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 families, school district personnel and community groups from across the country the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA’s nationally-recognized research-based model for parent leadership in education. The institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish).

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When: April 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm cst
Location: Whitley Theological Center, 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78216

 


Highlights from Our 2019 Institute

Watch the 2019 live stream             See 2019 slides and handouts below

Click through the photos from our 2019 Flickr page here or go directly to Flickr to download pictures of your group!

2019 Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute

 

 

Featuring

  • Opening Keynote: San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper Nirenberg
  • Closing Keynote: María Rocha
  • Interactive and participatory sessions on key education topics
  • Most presentations led by parents or students
  • Practical action steps for parents
  • Examples of successful family engagement
  • Livestream plenaries and interviews
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Exhibitors, including service providers, colleges and non-profit agencies

Sample Session Topics

The institute featured three rounds of concurrent sessions on over 15 topics, such as…

  • Honoring Heritage with Mexican American Studies
  • Technology and Children’s Future
  • Special Education 101
  • Dropout prevention
  • How Education CAFEs work
  • Education Rights of Grandchildren
  • How the 2020 Census will Impact Education
  • What Colleges Look For
  • Student Advocates for Educational Equity
  • Making Schools Safer for LGBTQ Students

This year’s institute, funded in part by the IDRA EAC-South and by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through IDRA’s Texas Education CAFE Network, highlighted family engagement as it relates to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 


See the program agenda (PDF)

Slides and handouts from most sessions.

Education Rights of Grandchildren, led by Mercedes Bristol of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Honoring Heritage with Mexican American Studies, led by Juan Tejeda, ¡SOMOS MAS!; a high school student, her mother and her grandmother

How the 2020 Census will Impact Education, led by Liliana Mireles, NALEO Educational Fund (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials)

Proof of Strong Parent Leadership at ARISE – Education CAFE, led by María Esparza, ARISE, and Virginia Santana, ARISE

Special Education 101 (English), led by Julia Longoria and Britanny Whittle of Disability Rights Texas

Special Education 101 (Spanish), led by Julia Longoria and Britanny Whittle of Disability Rights Texas

Youth Code Jam – Technology and Children’s Future, led by Kevin Wooton, BGen (ret.), USAF, parent, and Youth Code Jam board member

We are All Advocates – Influencing Policy for Education in Texas, led by IDRA National Director of Policy, Morgan Craven, J.D.

 


See a video clip made by our participants from Southwest ISD in 2018


Find out why IDRA’s Parent Institute is so Powerful!

Read articles about our previous parent institutes: 

See our new toolkits for school districts on ESSA requirements for parent involvement

Intercultural Development Research Association

IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child. Sponsoring IDRA projects for this event in 2019:

Information about IDRA and our services is available online

Highlights 2018

2018 Program agenda »
Photos from our 2018 Flickr page »
Livestreamed video »
DACA, Our Communities and Taking Ownership, presentation by Claudia Sánchez, Texas Victory Project »
David’s Law – Stop Bullying Now Presentation »
About David’s Law Flier »
Resources on Preventing Cyberbullying »
Education Rights of Grandchildren, presentation by Mercedes Bristol and Delia Martínez, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren »
El Dia de los Niños Celebrating Young Americans (English), presentation by Rebeca Barrera and Merri Gutierrez, National Latino Children’s Institute »
El Dia de los Niños Celebrating Young Americans (Spanish), presentation by Rebeca Barrera and Merri Gutierrez, National Latino Children’s Institute »
High School Graduation Requirements & What Colleges Look For, presentation by Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA Senior Education Associate »
Bilingual Flier on the New Texas Graduation Requirements – Infographic »
Home as Learning Lab – HIPPY, presentation by Jessica García and Jenny Guerrero, HIPPY Texas; and Teri Todd, Director of Operations, HIPPY USA »
HIPPY USA 2017 Year in Review »
Texas HIPPY Annual Report 2015-2016, one-page summary »
Educate Fir$t – Why Investing In Education Fuels The Texas Economy, white paper »
Investing in Education Fuels the Economy white paper highlights »
Impact of Voting on Public Education, presentation by Selene Gomez, Mi Familia Vota »
Keeping the Spirit of ESSA – Family Engagement in Texas, presentation by Marisa Perez, Texas State Board of Education »
Start Smart Texas »
Texas ESSA State Plan »
Proof of Strong Parent Leadership at ARISE – Education CAFE, presentation by Eva Carranza and Vicky Santana, ARISE »
School Board Roles & Responsibilities, presentation by Velma Vela Ybarra »
Top 10 Ways to Make Schools Safer for LGBTQ Students, presentation by Logan Vega, Irene Galindo-Cantu and Michelle Vega »
What is Your Dream for Children, sample responses by institute participants »
Why Fair Funding of Schools Matters for Every Child, presentation by David Hinojosa, IDRA National Director of Policy »
Youth Code Jam – Technology and Children’s Future, presentation by Kevin Wooton, BGen (ret.), USAF, parent, Youth Code Jam board member »

Highlights 2017

Highlights 2016

Highlights 2015