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Texas Education CAFE Network Products

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, IDRA established the Texas Education CAFE Network of community-based family and educator groups that help inform public education policies and practices related to implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. This is an expansion of the Education CAFE model (developed by IDRA in South Texas), to Dallas, Houston, El Paso and San Antonio region. Below are materials and tools that were created for the project in 2017 to 2019. Let us know if you are interested in learning more about bringing an Education CAFE to your community.

Tools and Materials for Technical Assistance

Start-Up Materials

IDRA developed materials to support potential Education CAFEs as they express interest and begin the process to form (see attachments).

Bilingual flier (More than 100 downloads of the PDF plus hundreds disseminated at events)

Infographic: 5 Steps on How to Start an Education CAFE (More than 130 downloads of the PDF plus hundreds disseminated at events)

Booklet: IDRA Education CAFE Start-Up Packet (two versions: English, Spanish) with the following contents:

  • IDRA Education CAFE Description
  • Family Leadership in Education Principles
  • Action Steps
  • Roles
  • IDRA Education CAFE Model Elements
  • Ensuring Education CAFE Success
  • 5 Steps to Start and IDRA Education CAFE
  • Hosting Superintendents, Quizzing Candidates and
  • Marking Maps – A Fully Engaged Education CAFE
  • Treating All Students as College Material – Family Leadership in Action
  • Families and Curriculum – Supporting Preparation of Students for College and Post-secondary Education
  • How to Use Actionable Education Data to Strengthen Your School

Dissemination Tools and Materials

IDRA Website

The IDRA website has a section dedicated to family and community engagement. It is the hub for online resources for the Texas Education CAFE Network.

IDRA-produced Podcasts

IDRA Classnotes is a free award-winning podcast series for teachers and administrators that explores issues facing U.S. education today and strategies to better serve every student. Podcast episodes on the Texas Education CAFE Network include the following:

IDRA Newsletter

IDRA has also produced various newsletter articles focused on family engagement and early childhood education (examples listed below). During this period, the IDRA Newsletter was mailed to an average of 5,800 people per issue and disseminated via email to an average of 5,750 people per issue. The newsletter and individual articles were disseminated via social media as well (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Articles on the Texas Education CAFE Network include the following:

Parent Involvement Training Kits

IDRA developed a series of kits for use in training and technical assistance for school districts to strengthen family engagement.

Media Coverage

Videos

Set of five family engagement videos were produced by IDRA during 2018-19 and launched online in 2019 (see descriptions below):

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Family Leadership in Education
  • Chapter 2: Authentic Outreach
  • Chapter 3: The Six Principles of Family Engagement
  • Chapter 4: School Strategies for Family Engagement
  • Chapter 5: Education CAFE Overview

Videos from the livestreams of the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute in 2017, 2018 and 2019 on our YouTube channel to extend the reach of the event beyond the event date. (More than 589 views combined on YouTube.)

  • 2017 IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute (4:37:51)
  • 2018 IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – Part 1 of 3 (2:21:48)
  • 2018 IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – Part 2 of 3: ARISE Presentation (27:50)
  • 2018 IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – Part 3 of 3 (1:15:36)
  • 2019 IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute (4:54:52)
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