Families and Communities

Parents can be vocal and assertive leaders advocating for excellent schools. Through IDRA’s almost 40-year history, a strong model of parent engagement has evolved, constructed from the experiences in the field, especially with Title I schools and the families whose children attend them. This website helps families see how their school is doing and how the school should treat you (English & Spanish), see actions families can take, get resources on IDRA’s Family Leadership in Education model and learn about college preparation for all students.

Family Leadership Model

Millions of dollars have been invested in initiatives that urge families to care more about education. The problem is that a lack of caring is not the problem. Across decades of experience and work with thousands of families whose children attend high poverty schools, we have found that families care deeply about their children and…

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Education CAFE

Education CAFE - Community Action Forums for Excellence Educación CAFÉ - Foros de acción comunitaria en pro la excelencia See bilingual brochure (PDF) IDRA’s Education CAFE model is an innovation for school-family-community collaboration. Education CAFEs are based in a community organization rather than in a single school, and their sole purpose is to collaborate with schools…

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Career Awareness for College Planning – Training Kit

This kit was developed from out of sessions IDRA has led through our Texas Education CAFE Network work, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Family groups had expressed concern that students seemed to only have two or three ideas of possible college degrees and possible careers. This session helps students and families learn about different…

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ESSA Requirements for Schools and Parent Involvement – Training Kit

This kit is the first in a set of four developed from the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute in 2017 for use in training and technical assistance for school districts to strengthen family engagement. See overview article, "ESSA Requirements for Schools and Parent Involvement – New Tool for School Districts," by Aurelio M.…

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Community-Based Parent Involvement – Training Kit

This kit is the second in a set of four developed from the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute in 2017 for use in training and technical assistance for school districts to strengthen family engagement. See overview article, "Second Installment of IDRA’s New Parent Involvement Tools for School Districts," by Aurelio M. Montemayor,…

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Public Money for Public Schooling – Training Kit

This kit is the third in a set of four developed from the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute in 2017 for use in training and technical assistance for school districts to strengthen family engagement. See overview article, Latest IDRA Parent Involvement Tool Focuses on Keeping Public Money in Public Schools, by Aurelio M.…

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Texas Graduation Requirements and Opportunities – Training Kit

This kit is the fourth in a set of four developed from the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute in 2017 for use in training and technical assistance for school districts to strengthen family engagement. See overview article, Texas Graduation Requirements and Opportunities – IDRA’s New Parent Involvement Tool for School Districts, by Aurelio…

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PTA Comunitario

The next generation of IDRA’s family leadership in education model is the Education CAFÉ. Formerly known as PTA Comunitario, the Education CAFÉ approach is still designed to transform the traditional model of parent school organizations into a more effective vehicle for parents who have previously been excluded or underserved to participate and influence their schools.…

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Blueprint Dialogues

Almost 50 years ago, in Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that sending children to separate schools purely on the basis of race was unconstitutional.

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SEED Project

Seeding Equity in Education through Dialogue Project Valuing and engaging family and community leadership in San Antonio and the region IDRA’s SEED project strengthens and mobilizes the capacity for effective, coordinated leadership and partnership with schools to impact policy and practice that improves early learning for children, ages birth to 8, in San Antonio. SEED…

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Resources for Families

Schools, families and communities working together have the capacity to craft and carry out effective solutions that will make a difference for students. It’s important to know how your neighborhood public schools are doing in order to focus your actions to have the most impact. There are several ways to do this. You can research…

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