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
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.
Video: School Board Member, Velma Ybarra
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
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
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
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.
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
The Power of Leadership in Schools, by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.
School Discipline Gone South – The Call for Restoration, by Laurie Posner, MPA
The Right to Inclusion and Success in Education is Reaffirmed, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
IDRA Study Finds Children of AVANCE Families Are More Likely to Stay in School, by Felix Montes, Ph.D.