November- December 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Governance Efficacy
“Whether at the school board, school administrator or teacher level, effective governance requires developing the shared habit of vision that eschews the tired excuses of the past and creates schools that work for all students.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
School Boards Come of Age with a 21st Century Vision, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.
Families – School Board Electors and Partners, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
Texas Endorsement System Threatens to Track Poor and Minority Students, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.
Video profiling IDRA President Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund for its presentation of its Excellence in Community Service Award to Dr. Robledo Montecel
October 2013 IDRA Newsletter – School Holding Power
“We need a new commitment to high school graduation for all – and ‘all’ must mean ‘all’ – high school with a path to higher education. Investment in change clearly must go beyond discrete dropout prevention programs. It must reflect our full commitment to quality public schools in all neighborhoods for children of all backgrounds.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Building College Readiness for All Students, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.
Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2012-13 – High School Attrition Rates Continue Downward Trends, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.
The Impact of the Coca-Cola Valued Program on Students and Schools in the United States and Brazil, by Felix Montes, Ph.D., and Linda Cantú, Ph.D.
September 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Student Engagement
“An effective school is one where all students feel welcomed, valued and above all achieve both academically and socially.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Semillitas Project Supports Tribal Language Preservation, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., with Della Warrior, M.Ed.
The Value of Cooperative Learning in Science for English Language Learners, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., and Juanita C. García, Ph.D.
The Learner-Centered Approach – Leading with the iPad and Other Tablets, by Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Paula Johnson, M.A.
“What Is Student Voice About?,” by Adam Fletcher
“Using Classroom Walkthroughs to Improve Instruction,” by Nancy Protheroe
August 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Change Strategies
“Connections, collaborations and coalitions, established and nurtured, provide a dynamic and strong enough effort to affect the inertia of public educational institutions.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Family and Community-Led Education Reform, by Josie Danini Cortez, M.A.
A Post Session Assessment of Texas Education Policy Changes Considered, Adopted and Rejected in 2013, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.
Affirming the Right to Inclusion and Success in Education, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
June- July 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Actionable Knowledge
“Real, lasting change in schools comes when people are engaged at all levels, from state capitols to board rooms, from classrooms to community centers and kitchen tables, and when people have the knowledge they need to take the right steps on behalf of all children.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Our Schools ~ The Power of Data and Grassroots Organizing, by Laurie Posner, MPA
The Foundation for Using Technology for Learning in the Classroom is in Our Own Hands, by Hector Bojorquez and Juanita C. García, Ph.D.
May 2013 IDRA Newsletter – College Access and Success
“Our future depends on having an excellent public education system, where all students graduate from high school prepared for college or the world of work, no matter what the color of their skin, the language they speak, or where they happen to be born. And this is a goal I believe we can achieve.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Teaching Quality – What we Know and What We Still Need, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.
Assuring Civil Rights Protection with State ESEA Flexibility Waivers, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.
No Back-Tracking – Supporting More Opportunities Not Limitations – Preparing Our Children for College and 21st Century Options, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
April 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Teaching Quality
“To graduate students who are prepared for later life, schools need competent caring teachers who are well-paid and supported in their work. That means teachers are prepared, placed in their field of study and informed by continual professional development.”– Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
New Teachers Learning and Leading through IDRA’s Transition to Teaching Programs, by Linda Cantú, Ph.D.
Science Classroom Strategies for English Learners – iPads and Other Tablets for Teachers, by Veronica Betancourt, M.A., and Paula Johnson, M.A.
March 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Parent & Community Engagement
“The core of our dream must value young people – all young people. We cannot afford to value some schools and not others, some neighborhoods and not others, some ethnic or racial groups and not others, some families and not others.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Net Capital – Technology Tools that Support Community Leadership, by Laurie Posner, M.P.A.
Families Engaging Each Other to Improve Schools – IDRA’s Annual La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™, by Frances M. Guzmán, M.Ed.
PTA Comunitario as a Family Leadership Model – An “Investing in Innovation I3 Project”, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
Court Rules: Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
February 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Curriculum Quality
“If you look at all of the best, high-impact innovations – none involve stop-gap, slapdash or silver bullet solutions. Rather, they all have demonstrated a set of key features that include assuring that students have access to quality teaching and a high quality curriculum.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Building a Civil Rights Juggernaut Using the Common Core Standards, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.
Asset-Based Lessons for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms, by Veronica Betancourt, M.A.
Access, Equity and Excellence in Early Childhood Education, by Rosana G. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
January 2013 IDRA Newsletter – Focus on Fair Funding
“We must ensure that Texas provides equitable access to excellent education – to high quality curricula, good teaching, support services and facilities – for all students in all school districts. We can’t compete in the global marketplace if we do not get serious about creating top quality schooling for all students.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Education as Pathway Out of Poverty, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
Fair Funding & Vouchers – Public Monies Must Go to Public Schools, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.