November- December 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Student Success

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Defining Student Success in the Context of College Readiness – Implications for the Future, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Zero Tolerance ≠ College Prep: Zero Tolerance + Instructional Quality < College Prep: Equity + Instructional Quality + Student Achievement ≥ College Prep, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Mentoring New Teachers for First-Day, First-Year Success, by Adela Solís, Ph.D.

Five Supporting Reasons for the Success of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program in Dropout Prevention, by Felix Montes, Ph.D.

October 2009 IDRA Newsletter – School Holding Power

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School Holding Power – A Quality School Indicator, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2008-09 – Overall Attrition Rate Declines, But Gaps Persist Among Racial and Ethnic Groups, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Texas Dropout Counts Using the National Center for Education Methods Decline from 2006-07 to 2007-08, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

25 Years of Effective Dropout Prevention – Five Primary Reasons for the Success of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, by Felix Montes, Ph.D.

Student Voices: What Tutoring Means to Me, by Mary A. Vidaurri

School Attrition Rates and Title I School Accountability to Families – Necessary Information, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

September 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Change Strategies

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Holding On to the Goal of Quality Education for Every Child, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Texas Policymakers Live Up to Their Own Low Expectations – A Post Legislative Session Assessment of Changes Proposed and Reforms Adopted in 2009, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.

Aligning School-Based Factors for Student Success – Using Contextual Data to Inform Science Professional Development, by Kristin Grayson, M.Ed.

Student Success through Capable Communities and Schools

Update on Texas Top Ten Percent Plan for Your Students

August 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Actionable Knowledge

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Actionable Knowledge – Putting Research to Work for School Community Action, by Laurie Posner, M.P.A.

Pedagogical Content Knowledge – What Matters Most in the Professional Learning of Content Teachers in Classrooms with Diverse Student Populations, by Adela Solís, Ph.D.

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

Student Voices: The Change of a Lifetime, by Jamilleth Hernandez

June- July 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Governance Efficacy

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The Role of School Governance Efficacy in Building an Equity Context for School Reform, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

Creating a Campus Culture of Teacher High Expectations and Support, by Rogelio López del Bosque, Ed.D.

The Role of a Family Friendly Principal

Changing Teacher Perceptions of Students through Coaching and Mentoring – Using an Asset Rather Than a Deficit Lens, by José L. Rodríguez, M.A.

May 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Fair Funding

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Fair Funding of Schools – Why and With What Results, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.

Student Voices: Since I became a tutor…, by Gabriella Marie Guajardo

Strategic Planning for the Effective Use of ARRA Funds – Building a Blueprint for Success, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Teaching Must be Culturally Relevant to be Quality, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

Customer Service for School Improvement

April 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Parent and Community Engagement

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The Lens for Viewing the Full Dimensions of Families, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

What Parent and Community Engagement Means for Quality Schools, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D.

TECNO Community Involvement Process – Technology Community Centers for Minority College-Based Students, by Leticia Rodríguez, Ed.M.

March 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Student Engagement

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Engaging Ourselves to Engage Our Students, by Josie Danini Cortez

The Family Friendly Principal, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Remembering Women’s History Month, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program 25th Anniversary – Texas Students Win National Essay Contest Award

February 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Teaching Quality

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Defining Teaching Quality Beyond the Certificate, by Kristin Grayson

Ten Principles that Guide the Development of an Effective Educational Plan for English Language Learners at the Secondary Level – Part II, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Federal Judge Rules That Texas’ Services for its LEP Students Are Inadequate, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.

Putting our ChIPS on the Table for Children in Public Schools, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

January 2009 IDRA Newsletter – Curriculum Quality and Access

“Imagine a future in which the color of a child’s skin, the language a child speaks and the side of town a child comes from are no longer considered barriers to a great education and a great life.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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Ten Principles for an Effective Education Plan for English Language Learners at the Secondary Level – Part I, by Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock…Critical Thinking and an Old Clock – Cultivating Thought with a Timeless Children’s Story, by Juanita C. García, Ph.D.

Parent Consultation and Curriculum – Meaningful Dialogue, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.