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).
Click through the photos from our 2019 Flickr page here or go directly to Flickr to download pictures of your group!
The institute featured three rounds of concurrent sessions on over 15 topics, such as…
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).
Education Rights of Grandchildren, led by Mercedes Bristol of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Families Engaged – Influencing Your School Board, led by Velma Ybarra
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)
Making Schools Safer for LGTBQ Students, led by Michelle Vega, parent, IDRA, Logan Vega, college student & communications specialist, Pasha Law
Dr. Linda Cuellar, retired professor, Northwest Vista College, Lauryn Farris, PFLAG
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
Student Advocates for Educational Equity, led by South San Antonio ISD students: Melivia Mujia, Mark Mendiola, Ebany Gonzalez, Madison Donavan
We are All Advocates – Influencing Policy for Education in Texas, led by IDRA National Director of Policy, Morgan Craven, J.D.
What Colleges Look For, led by Dr. Nilka Avilés, IDRA
Youth Code Jam – Technology and Children’s Future, led by Kevin Wooton, BGen (ret.), USAF, parent, and Youth Code Jam board member
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Read articles about our previous parent institutes:
See our new toolkits for school districts on ESSA requirements for parent involvement
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:
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