October 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Bridging the Digital Divide

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

Texas High School Attrition Rate Worsens for the First Time in Seven Years – Highlights of IDRA’s 37th Annual Attrition Study, by Charles A. Cavazos

Keeping Young Digital Citizens Safe, by Michelle Martínez Vega

Digital Divide Stories in South Texas Colonias

The Parallel Roads to Digital and Racial Justice, by Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed.

Extras

Classnotes Podcast episode: Even Digital Natives Need to Learn Digital Literacy – #228

Webinar On-demand: The Realities of the Digital Divide within Texas Colonias

Digital Landscape – Infographic

We All Belong – School Resource Hub


September 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Student Voice for the New School Year

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education is Not Dangerous, Nor is it a Difficult Feat, by Manav Lund, High School Senior

School Support Systems Help Students Succeed, by Shreya Selvaraju, High School Junior

Policing Students Through Dress Codes Needs to Stop, by Ryan Cyrus, High School Senior

Equip Schools to Support Student Mental Health, by Tatiana Martínez Alvarez, High School Junior

Mexican American Studies is American History, by Josué Peralta de Jesús, High School Senior

School Safety Requires Listening, by Hawaii Guerin, High School Senior

We Need a Well-Rounded Education – An Open Letter to Lawmakers, by Kennedy Moore, High School Senior

Dress Codes: A Racist, Sexist History and Why They Must be Changed, by Adam Shelburn, High School Junior

Extras

Meet all the members of our 2022 Youth Advisory Board

New Classnotes Podcast episode: Even Digital Natives Need to Learn Digital Literacy – #228

We All Belong – School Resource Hub


August 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Authentic Family & Community Engagement

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

Recent Campaigns for “Parents’ Bill of Rights” Designed to Marginalize Majority of Families, by Terrence Wilson, J.D.

Parents Already Have Rights to Expect an Equitable and Just Education – Four Ways Schools Can Constructively Engage with Families, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

STEM Ecosystems Foster Community Engagement for a Strong Future – Partner with a STEM Learning Ecosystem Near You!, by Stephanie García, Ph.D.

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

Extras

We All Belong – School Resource Hub

Parent Leadership in Education Model – Infographic

Family Engagement Online Tools for Educators

IDRA Classnotes Podcast: Evaluating Shared Family Leadership in Education – Part 1 &, Part 2

How has classroom censorship affected you?


June-July 2022 issue of the IDRA Newsletter – This issue’s focus: Strengthening School Safety

June-July 2022 newsletter coverSee PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

The Facts about School-based Police, by Morgan Craven, J.D.

A Policy Roadmap – School Safety for All Students, by Makiah Lyons, Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., & Morgan Craven, J.D.

Implementing Restorative Practices to Strengthen School Communities, by Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D.

Alternative Responses to Student Behavior – Steps for Teachers, Administrators and School Staff, by Paula Johnson, Ph.D.

Extras

Infographic – Build Safe Schools, Reject Hurtful Policies – Policy Responses to School Safety

Uniting Community Voices in Georgia Policymaking – Podcast Episode 225


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

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

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

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

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

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

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

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

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

See PDF of this issue

See overview for easy sharing

Articles

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 

 

Share