The IDRA Newsletter is published 10 times a year. Each edition focuses on issues in education, striving to provide many different perspectives on the topics covered and to define its significance in the state and national dialogue. The IDRA Newsletter can only be mailed to U.S.addresses, but pdf and web copies are available online.
June-July 2012 Issue ~ Articles
Focus ~ Governance Efficacy
Newsletter Executive Editor
María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
Student Voice – A Key Element in
Student voices are fundamentally critical in school reform efforts if they are to be successful. IDRA’s Pathways project has demonstrated ways of keeping student voice at the center of action planning. The project builds on IDRA’s Mendez Brown Fulfilling the Promise Blueprint Dialogues which have been gathering cross-sector Latino and African American leaders throughout states in the south and southwest to develop joint action for closing the gap and preparing students for college success. In this IDRA Newsletter article, Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., & Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D., outline several different roles students can take.
Communities, School Boards and Education Policy
Public education has long been dependent on support from local communities, yet we are seeing a growing disconnect between educational professionals and their communities. Albert Cortez, Ph.D., considers why this has occurred and more importantly what is needed to strengthen these connections. He notes that IDRA’s interactions with local community-based organizations suggest that strong community interest in supporting and improving public schools is a highly underutilized resource at both the local and state levels.
A Pocket of Excellence in a
A number of years ago, IDRA study examined magnet schools in
Six Teens Win National Essay Contest Award
Six students received prizes in a national competition among participants in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, a nationally-recognized cross-age tutoring program of the Intercultural Development Research Association. Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutors wrote about how the program helped them do better in school and how they had helped their tutees to do better.Other short stories…
June-July 2012 Issue ~ Newsletter Plus
Classnotes podcasts on creating a governance efficacy:
Photo-journal projects by youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Canton, Mississippi
Winning essays by Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program students
Expanding School Governance through Participatory Community Engagement, article by
IDRA Graduation for All – March 2012 (bilingual English-Spanish): highlights the perspective of students in Canton in the context of cross-sector work that is underway to improve educational opportunity for all students in the state of Mississippi.
Beyond Random Acts: Family, School, and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform, H.B. Weiss, M.E. Lopez, & H. Rosenberg.
Youth Matters, article by Josie Danini Cortez, M.A.