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
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
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.]
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
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.
IDRA Anniversary Highlights – See a set of posters with photos from across the decades
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)
Related podcast episodes:
- “Busting Myths About Children of Poverty” (24 min)
- “A Valuing Professional Development Model”(15 min)
- “Student Voices on Being Valued” (12 min)
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
Getting it Just Right! – Rigor and College Prep for All, by Paula N. Johnson, M.A.
Locked Gates and Hurdles on the College Path, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.
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
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.
March 2018 IDRA Newsletter – 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
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.
February 2018 IDRA Newsletter – Gender Justice
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.
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
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.
IDRA’s annual attrition study, October 2017
Civil Rights in Student Discipline – Podcast Episode 158