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.

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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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Next event details coming soon.

Sponsorships are available. Contact Silvia Valencia (; 210-444-1710, ext. 1732).


Highlights from Our Previous Parent Institutes


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


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

The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. Sponsoring IDRA projects for this event in 2020:

Information about IDRA and our services is available online.


Highlights 2019

Watch the 2019 live stream video    See 2019 slides and handouts below

Featured Speakers

Thank you to our 2019 parent institute sponsors!


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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