August 2018 IDRA Newsletter – This month’s focus: Religion Equity

“We live to some purpose: Helping schools work for all children and valuing children, educators, families and communities. We care deeply about children and believe that the lives and choices of many hang in the balance of what you and I as educators are able to provide today.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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Articles

Religion Equity in Schools – Protecting Students and Their Civil Rights, by Paula N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Religion Equity and School Dress Codes, by Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D., and Phoebe Schlanger

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

Six Teens Win 2018 National Essay Contest Awards – IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Tutors Share Stories of the Program’s Impact on their Lives

Extras

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

Video: Dropout Prevention that Works – Overview of how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program impacts students and schools. [12 min.]

Winning Essays: Booklet with full text of the six winning essays

eBook in English and Spanish on Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

Infographic: Welcoming Immigrant Students in School

Webpage with resources: Education of Immigrant Children


June-July 2018 IDRA Newsletter – This month’s focus: IDRA’s 45th Anniversary

“As we complete 45 years, IDRA continues to stand against educational injustice, inequality and lack of excellence for all. Schools can matter and succeed with a new vision created by people who believe that all children are valuable, that all people can contribute, and that public education can indeed change things, including futures.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

IDRA at 45 Years: Courageous Connections for Advocacy

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Articles

Beginning with the End in Mind to Establish Equitable, Excellent Education, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., and Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Valuing Youth and Assuring that All Youth Count, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., and Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

InterAction with the Ecosystem – The IDRA Quality Schools Action Framework, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., and Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Extras

IDRA Anniversary Highlights – See a set of posters with photos from across the decades

Timeline – A History of IDRA Policy Work to Secure Excellent and Equitable Schooling for All Children

Watch our video about the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program: Dropout Prevention that Works (12 min)
See the Fifty Most Memorable Quotes in School Finance (pdf)

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Listen to a series of our podcast episodes featuring Dr. Robledo Montecel:


May 2018 IDRA Newsletter – This month’s focus: Rejecting a Return to Tracking

“We must make sure that every student has access to high-quality teaching and a quality curriculum that prepares them for post-secondary education.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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Articles

Getting it Just Right! – Rigor and College Prep for All, by Paula N. Johnson, M.A.

Rural Districts Take a 24 Percent Hit in Algebra II Enrollment – IDRA Ready Texas Study Examines Texas HB5 Graduation Requirements, by Hector Bojorquez

Locked Gates and Hurdles on the College Path, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Call for Applications – 2018 IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program

Extras

Research Study: Ready Texas study, policy brief, infographic and other info

Classnotes Podcast episode Ready Texas Study of New Graduation Requirements – Episode 178

Bilingual Handout: “Expecting Less is Not Better”


April 2018 IDRA Newsletter – This month’s focus: Institutional Grit 

“Regrettably, some researchers and school administrators around the country are thinking only about assessing students’ grit and resilience. They are already assuming that students are lacking, rather than exploring how schools must change.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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The Link between Institutional Grit and Non-cognitive Skills, by Hector Bojorquez

Institutionalized Discrimination… Does it Exist in Your School?, by David Hinojosa, J.D.

In-grade Retention National Trends and Civil Rights Concerns, by Paula N. Johnson, M.A.

Texas Graduation Requirements and Opportunities – IDRA’s New Parent Involvement Tool for School Districts, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Resources from the 20th Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute™

Extras

Texas Graduation Requirements and Opportunities – Training Kit


March 2018 IDRA Newsletter – Duty to Educate

March 2018 IDRA Newsletter. Focus: Duty to Educate“The United States is still uniquely committed to one education system that prepares us all for living in a great democracy. We must preserve this commitment.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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School Leaders Create Culture of Equity and Success, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.

Addressing “Ecological Shock” – Supporting Refugee Students in School, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., and Hannah Sung

Schools’ Duty to Educate English Learner Immigrant and Migrant Students, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D.

Latest IDRA Parent Involvement Tool Focuses on Keeping Public Money in Public Schools, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Extras

IDRA Infographic Welcoming Immigrant Students in School 2018

Classnotes Podcast: Supporting Refugee Students – Podcast Episode 181

Public Money for Public Schooling – Training Kit


February 2018 IDRA Newsletter – Gender Justice

“Children need places and spaces that are safe, that are nurturing, that welcome them as they are.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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Sexual Harassment – Safe Learning Environments for All Students, by Michelle Martínez Vega

School-Based Strategies for Supporting Girls in Technology – With Perspectives from a 14-Year-Old Coder, by Christie L. Goodman, APR

Equity and Justice for LGBTQ Students – Teacher Responsibilities, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., and Michelle Martínez Vega

Second Installment of IDRA’s New Parent Involvement Tools for School Districts, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Extras

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – April 6, 2018

eBook: Title IX Resources for Sex & Gender Equity in Education

Community-Based Parent Involvement – Training Kit

eBook: Girls and STEM Education – Research Overview and Resources

Screencast demonstration of a game that an eighth-grader coded for an ELAR project about the book, I Am David.


January 2018 IDRA Newsletter – Restoring Justice

“Children need places and spaces that are safe, that are nurturing, that welcome them as they are.” – Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, IDRA President and CEO

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Articles

Integrating the Assets of Social Justice Principles to Transform Schools, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., and Hector Bojorquez

How Using Restorative Practices Can Prevent Exclusionary Discipline Issues, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., Paula Johnson, M.A.

ESSA Requirements for Schools and Parent Involvement – New Tool for School Districts, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Texas Charter School System Suffers Low Graduation Rates – The Class of 2016 saw Graduation Rates of 62% in Charter Schools Compared to 90% in Traditional Public Schools, by María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

Extras

Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – April 6, 2018

College Bound and Determined

IDRA’s annual attrition study, October 2017

Civil Rights in Student Discipline – Podcast Episode 158

eBook, Resources on Student Discipline Policy and Practice

Zero Tolerance Policies Push Students Away

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