May 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Fair & Effective Education Policy

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Articles

Community Advocates Push Back as Georgia Legislature Targets Vulnerable Students, by Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed.

Update on Texas Education Policy Priorities – What to Watch and Where to Engage for Educational Equity, by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., Monica Obregon, & Darlissa Villanueva

IDRA’s Core Principles Influence Federal Advocacy, by Morgan Craven, J.D.

IDRA and ARISE Adelante Partner to Make Texas School Funding System More Clear to Families, by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D., & Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Extras

Centering Community as We Mourn for Uvalde

Southern Education Equity Network

Let us know how classroom censorship laws are affecting you!


April 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Culturally Sustaining Leadership

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Why Emergent Bilingual Education Needs Equity-Centered Pedagogies, by Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D.

Four Leverage Points for Culturally Sustaining Practices, by Paula Johnson, Ph.D., and Hector Bojorquez

Lessons Learned from Principals on Valuing, Safeguarding and Healing Students, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Being a Culturally Curious Educator Supports Positive Mental Health for Students, by Mia Covarrubias

Extras 

Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership – Online Technical Assistance Toolkit

Cultivating Conscientization in the Classroom – IDRA Webinar

Nurturing Courageous Critical Conversations in the Classroom – IDRA Classnotes Podcast #221

Tools for Schools Dealing with Bullying – IDRA Classnotes Podcast #222

IDRA Valued Youth Partnership

Cafecito y MAS


March 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Culturally Sustaining Instruction

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The Innovation of Translanguaging Pedagogy Enables Students to Use All of Their Tools, by Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D.

Let the Youth Speak for Themselves – Fostering Substantive Conversations and Advocacy in the Classroom, by Paula Johnson, Ph.D.

Families Celebrate Excellent Biliteracy Programs, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., & Alejandra Salazar Gonzalez

An Introduction to Culturally Sustaining Practices in the Classroom, by Sulema Carreón-Sánchez, Ph.D.

Extras 

Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership – Online Technical Assistance Toolkit

Education CAFE Families Convince School District to Keep Biliteracy Program  

IDRA Launches ‘Southern Education Equity Network’ to Support Family & Community Advocates – SEEN’s New Virtual Tool Will Help Students, Families and Educators Stand Up for Accurate and Inclusive Education

International Women’s Day – Award-winning PBS series about Unsung Women Who Changed History Now Available with Spanish Subtitles – IDRA Partners with Unladylike2020 to Share Inclusive Materials for Students


February 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Combatting Classroom Censorship

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – The Attacks Against Equity through School Censorship and How Educators Can Still Teach the Truth, by Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D.

Playing Defense is Not Enough – Let’s Recommit to a Vision of Public Schools that Values Every Child, Every Educator, Every Community, by Michelle Castillo, Ed.M.

Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution – Legal Considerations for Combatting Classroom Censorship Laws, by Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D.

New Advocacy Guide Shares Tips and Lessons from Classroom Censorship Fight, by Morgan Craven, J.D.

Families Must be Centered in Education Policymaking, Not Used as Puppets

Extras 

6 Advocacy Lessons Learned from Fighting Against Classroom Censorship Policies.

What Texas’ Classroom Censorship Law Means for Students & Schools

Students Want Schools to Teach Inclusive Truth – Podcast Episode 213

Representing Texas Communities of Color in the Room Where it Happens – IDRA’s First Education Policy Fellows Reflect on their Experience and the Texas Legislature


January 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Visions of Educational Equity for the New Year

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Healing-Centered Engagement – Transforming Education in the Pandemic and Beyond, by Irene Gómez, Ed.M. 

Equitable Education Policies in the U.S. South Can Push the Country Toward Education Justice, by Terrence Wilson, J.D., and Chloe Latham Sikes, Ph.D. 

Parents Urge Schools to Enrich, Not Exclude, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. 

In Memoriam – James David Lehmann, Sr. 

Extras 

Free eBook: Ready – Reopen – Reconnect! Proven Strategies for Re-engaging Students Who Need You the Most 

New Toolkit on Interrupting Bullying & Harassment in Schools 

On-Demand Videos & Free eCourses: ReOpen – ReConnect – ReClaim: Ensuring Equitable Learning Environments for All Students 

 

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