November-December 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Governance Efficacy

“Effective governance requires a willingness to be held accountable and to hold others accountable to the results of excellence and equity for all students, without exception.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the November-December 2014 issue

Articles

Students’ Civil rights is a Matter of Good Governance, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

Tracking the Learning and Tracking the Dollar – A School Board Member’s Priorities, by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed.

Extras

Video: School Board Member, Velma Ybarra

Six Goals of Educational Equity

Sixth Generation of Civil Rights and Educational Equity – Podcast Episode 113

Video: IDRA Our School data portal

Communities, School Boards and Education Policy

Eight Characteristics of an Effective School Board, by Dervarics, C. and E. O’Brien, The Center for Public Education (Alexandria, VA: The Center for Public Education, 2011).

October 2014 IDRA Newsletter – School Holding Power

“We cannot settle for incremental improvement in high school graduation rates. The cost is too high. Clearly, to achieve different results, we must envision a dramatically different process and undertake a new strategy.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the October 2014 issue

Articles

Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2013-14: School Holding Power is Improving in Texas – At a Glacial Pace, by Roy L. Johnson, M.S.

Families and School Holding Power – Parent-Led Surveys Present Insights, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Barriers Hispanic Students Face Graduating from High School, by Josie Danini Cortez, M.A.

Christian Ortiz – Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Winning Essay, by Christian Ortiz

College Bound and Determined

Extras

Counting Dropouts – Podcast Episode 62

The Power of Student Voices in Dropout Prevention – Podcast Episode 125

Tutor’s Success Surprises Elementary Teacher –  Podcast Episode 145

An Elementary Teacher on Having Tutors in Her Classroom – Podcast Episode 142

They start calling my name (on being a Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor) – Podcast Episode 135

Video: Dropout Prevention that Works – Overview of how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program impacts students and schools

Video: Communities Using Data –Interview of Aurelio M.Montemayor, M.Ed., about communities using data.

September 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Teaching Quality

“Teaching quality is more than the teacher as a person. Specifically,teaching quality is based on strong content knowledge and effective pedagogy, quality decision-making in the classroom, self-efficacy, innovation, and capacity to teach diverse students, and is grounded in community and institutional support.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the September 2014 issue

Articles

An Elementary School’s STEM Success Story – IDRA Technical Assistance Empowers Teachers with Strategies to Impact Student Learning, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., and Juanita C. García, Ph.D.

Dual Language Means Two – Reflections and Guidance for Teaching in Two Languages, by Adela Solís, Ph.D.

Court Rules Again– Texas School Funding Must Serve All Students Equitably – IDRA Statement on the Texas District Court Ruling on Texas School Finance System, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Quality Schools Action Framework – Developed in 2005

Extras

Learning While Teaching (A Conversation with New Teachers) – Podcast Episode 120

Tool for Building Quality Schools – Podcast Episode 81

The Role of Bilingual Ed and ESL in Our Schools – Podcast Episode 138

Good Schools for Children Learning English – Podcast Episode 14

Video: Ensuring High Teaching Quality to Tap Into Students’ Strengths

Video: Learning While Teaching (A Conversation with New Teachers) –How do you organize and deliver instruction to be more effective?

August 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Change Strategies

“Three change strategies help schools, as systems, hold on to all students and secure their success: building community capacity to strengthen schools; creating coalitions that amplify parent and community voices and impact; and building school capacity to ensure that every child receives an excellent education.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the August 2014 issue

Articles

The Power of Leadership in Schools, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

School Discipline Gone South – The Call for Restoration, by Laurie Posner, MPA

Serving Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools – School Opening Alert

National PTA Visits Comunitario PTAs in the Rio Grande Valley

The Right to Inclusion and Success in Education is Reaffirmed, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Quality Schools Action Framework – Developed in 2005

Extras

Immigrant Children’s Rights to Attend Public Schools – Podcast Episode 94

A Principal on Setting Expectations for College– Podcast Episode 126

School Change Strategies – Podcast Episode 53

Tool for Building Quality Schools – Podcast Episode 81

National PTA president’s visit to Comunitario PTAs in south Texas, by PSJA ISD

Videos: Fix School Discipline

June-July 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Actionable Knowledge

“We must connect school outcomes – graduation and college readiness – with who and what produces those outcomes – connecting actionable knowledge to support engaged citizens, accountable leadership and enlightened public policy that leverages change.” – Dr.María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the June-July 2014 issue

Articles

IDRA’s New CollegeLink App Connects Transition Counselors with New College Students as they Navigate Confusing College Systems, by Hector Bojorquez

Armed with Data, PTA Comunitarios Work with Schools for College Preparation – An IDRA OurSchool Portal Story, by Hector Bojorquez and Aurelio M. Montemayor, Ed.D.

Teacher Leadership in Science in Schools with Diverse Students, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D.

Six Teens Win 2014 National Essay Contest Award Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Tutors Tell How the Program has Helped Them

Learn more about the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and how to bring the program to your school

Extras

Engaging Parents through Powerful Coalition Building

Parents Using Data to Improve Schools – Podcast Episode 92

Tool for Building Quality Schools – Podcast Episode 81

Video: Communities Using Data

Video: Dropout Prevention that Works – Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

May 2014 IDRA Newsletter – College Access and Success

“Inclusion, success, and economic productivity demand that students of all backgrounds and financial circumstances be prepared to enter and graduate from college. Colleges and universities must adapt to welcome students and provide the supports needed for them to graduate. Their future is our best legacy.” – Dr. María“Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the May 2014 issue

Articles

Brown at Sixty – How Far Have We Come and How Far Must We Go to Fulfill the Promise of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka,Kansas

The Cognitive and Affective Dimensions of College Readiness, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Celebrates 30 Years of Keeping Students in School, by Linda Cantu, Ph.D.

HB5 Does Not Have to Block Students from College – San Antonio City Council Encourages College Preparation for All Students, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Extras

What Students Need their School Counselors to Hear – Podcast Episode 45

College for All – Podcast Episode 75

They start calling my name (on being a Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor) – Podcast Episode 135

The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 1 – Podcast Episode 136

The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 2 – Podcast Episode 137

What Parents Want to Know about the New Texas Graduation Guidelines

April 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Parent and Community Engagement

“Engaged communities who participate actively and who express their concern about the quality of education and act as partners in improving their own schools, are essential to transforming schools.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the April 2014 issue

Articles

Rio Grande Valley Community Commits to Ensuring High Academic Region for All Students, by Hector Bojorquez

Families and Curriculum – Supporting Preparation of Students for College and Post-secondary Education, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Principles for Transforming a School District, by Hector Bojorquez

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools – Alert for Registering Students for School

eBook: Seven Elements of the PTA Comunitario Approach

College Bound and Determined

Extras

How to Start a PTA Comunitario – Podcast Episode 131

Promotora Model for Family Leadership in Education – Podcast Episode 118

Expressions of Effective Parent and Community Engagement – Podcast Episode 100

The Power of IDRA’s Parent Leadership Model – Podcast Episode 3

March 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Curriculum Quality

“To deliver curriculum quality and access, our schools must make sure that the particular programs of study and materials are available to students of all types so that students are not tracked into lower level courses.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the March 2014 issue

Articles

Mesa Comunitaria Educativa – Community Collaboration for Education Advocacy, by Hector Bojorquez and Aurelio M. Montemayor, Ed.D.

Distinguished as Default – Real Choice is Preparing All Students Well, by Laurie Posner, MPA

PTA Comunitario Growth Prospects in Oklahoma, by Kristin E. Grayson, Ph.D.

Treating All Students as College Material – Family Leadership in Action, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, Ed.D.

PSJA Proves that a School District Can Assure that All Students are College Bound

Extras

Tracking vs. High Quality Education for All Students – Podcast Episode 124

Higher Math for All – Podcast Episode 87

College for All – Podcast Episode 75

What Students Need their School Counselors to Hear – Podcast Episode 45

Action for School Change – Podcast Episode 42

College Access for Low Income and Minority Students – Podcast Episode 41

Access to Higher Levels of Mathematics  – Podcast Episode 13

February 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Fair Funding

“When families can’t count on their neighborhood public school to be funded equitably, something has gone deeply wrong with Texas.” – Dr.María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the February 2014 issue

Articles

The latest Texas School Finance Equity and Adequacy Court Case – Round Six: Texas Taxpayers and Student Fairness Coalition et al vs. Williams, by Albert Cortez, Ph.D.

Happy Birthday to You – The Civil Rights Act at Fifty, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.

IDRA Names 2014 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, by Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Extras

Fair Funding Now! for Excellent Schooling – Podcast Episode 102

Implications of Inequitable School Funding –Podcast Episode 68

Fundamentals for School Change – Podcast Episode 52

January 2014 IDRA Newsletter – Early Childhood Student Engagement

“Investment in quality early childhood education is not only an investment in the young people who participate or even in their families, it is in fact an investment in all of us.” – Dr. María “Cuca”Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

See PDF of the January 2014 issue

Articles

Building Interest in STEM through Language Development and Storytelling, by Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Juanita C. García, Ph.D. (1-14)1-2

The Philosophy Behind Semillitas de Aprendizaje™

IDRA Study Finds Children of AVANCE Families Are More Likely to Stay in School, by Felix Montes, Ph.D.

Extras

Bilingual Stories for Young Learners – Podcast Episode 80

Building Opportunity through Dual Language – Podcast Episode 106

IDRA’s Semillitas de Aprendizaje

IDRA’s External Impact Evaluation of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program

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