November-December 2015 IDRA Newsletter – Student Voices
“In an effective school, all students feel welcomed, valued and above all achieve both academically and socially. Student engagement, then, is integral – not a sideline – to learning.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Students must have a voice that is listened to by the adults who teach them and who make decisions that affect their lives. This issue of the IDRA Newsletter includes articles on building college intention into dropout prevention, college students describe what a school’s college-going culture really means, the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program in New York City, and the White House naming of the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program a Hispanic Ed “Bright Spot.”
Raising Expectations – Building College Intention into Dropout Prevention, by Linda Cantu, Ph.D.
“Our children could get lost” – Rio Grande Valley Parents Gather to Discuss Policy Implications, by Sofía Bahena, Ed.D.
October 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Push Outs: Children of Color
“So while some Texas schools are making progress, we need to continue to look at multiple, transparent measures and to take action to ensure that all students graduate prepared for college.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
IDRA’s Transformational Research on the Dropout Issue – A Personal Reflection!, by Josie D. Cortez, M.A.
For School and College Success – The Power of Non-cognitive Skills, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Winning Essay, by Seventh-Grader, Agustina García
September 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Teaching Quality Preparedness
“A vital nation must have educational parity for all students and not parcel out one set of opportunities for some and minimal expectations for others. Schools and educators, especially teachers, must be supported with the tools they need to ensure their students’ success, including technology, mentoring programs, and high quality curriculum.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
The “Win-Win” of Quality – Accelerated Teacher Certification, by Linda Cantú, Ph.D.
Quality Instruction for English Learners – Getting it Right in Writing!, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D.
Considering Multiple Intelligences Theory for English Learner Classrooms, by Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D.
August 2015 IDRA Newsletter- College Preparedness
“Our future depends on having an excellent public educational system, in which 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
Building STEAM – Changing the Equation for College and Career Readiness for All, by Paula Johnson, M.A.
Supporting Students and Families for the Transition from High School to College, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D. (7-15) 5-6
New Research and Recommendations for Education of English Language Learners
June-July 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Accountability and Civic Engagement
“In transforming schools, we must make connections from actionable knowledge to families, to the broader community and to schools through strategic actions that give new life, mobilize and are evidence that change and transformation for the better is possible.”– Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Supporting Undocumented Youth through Community Engagement, by Sofia Bahena, Ed.D.
¿Y Ahora Qué? And Now What? – Community Groups in South Texas Work Together to Improve Education, by Josie D. Cortez, M.A.
Watch videos from the IDRA’s Annual La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™. Multiple sessions were streamed live and are on YouTube. Topics include: Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program [44:27 min], Family Leadership for Student Success – Full day in the central room [05:13:04 min], The Prek 4 SA Model [27:21 min], Leadership in Early Childhood Education [31:57 min] and, Texas Education Policy [54:31 min].
May 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Language
“The challenge before us is not that the faces or the languages of our nation’s children are changing. Change is not new. In fact, our challenge is not our children at all, but rather our capacity, commitment and will as adults to achieve excellence in education for all students – every one.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Federal Guidance on Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations for English Learners, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D.
The Role of Conversation – Engaging Students in Critical Thinking through Dialogue, by Paula Johnson, M.A.
April 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Early Learning
“Children need places that are safe, that are nurturing, that welcome their families, that welcome their culture and their language and have them really be able to learn and prepare themselves for life.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Margarita’s Necklace – Beads, Patterns and Algebraic Thinking for English Learners Matters: The Path to “Equity Literacy,” by Juanita C. García, Ph.D., and Rosana Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Early Childhood Literacy Connections When Using Cognates, by Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D.
March 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Valuing & Asset-Based Solutions
“We 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
Science and Math Are Students’ Favorite Subjects at Judson ISD as a Result of STEM Initiatives, by Felix Montes, Ph.D., and Deborah Rice
Opportunity Matters: The Path to “Equity Literacy” – An interview with scholar and social justice advocate, Dr. Paul C. Gorski, by Laurie Posner, MPA
Valuing Teachers – IDRA’s Approach to Professional Development, by Paula Johnson, M.A.
February 2015 IDRA Newsletter- Culture of Possibility
“Schools are not poor because the children in them are poor or black or brown. Schools are poor because we have poor policies, poor practices and inadequate investments.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Arkansan Parents “Pushing Beyond the Breaks,” by Bradley Scott, Ph.D.
Advancing the Culture of Promise and Possibility, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., and Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.
Embracing the Culture of Possibility for Student Success – Culture-of-Poverty Thinking Shortchanges Students and Families, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas – New Research on Education of English Learners in Middle School & High School Released at IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow Program Symposium
January 2015 IDRA Newsletter- School Perseverance & Grit
“We need to shift the conversation from student traits that are deemed by some as hindering student success to helping schools develop their own perseverance and grit in ways that ensure the success of every student.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO
Grit and Non-Cognitive Skills – Framing the Narrative, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D, and Hector Bojorquez
Gauging Grit – Gouging the Poor, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Winning Essay, by Nicholas Alderete