Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

School Change Strategies – Podcast Episode 53 | Classnotes Podcast 53

Classnotes Podcast (April 27, 2009) Making changes schools of course requires looking at the fundamentals and elements that need shoring up in each community in order to ensure all students are successful. So the next question to ask is how do we make change happen? In the third of a set of podcast episodes on this topic, IDRA president & CEO, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., describes how IDRA’s Quality School Action Framework identifies three strategies for changing schools: capacity of the community to influence schools, building coalitions, and building the capacity of the schools themselves. Dr. Montecel is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor , M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center.

Show length: 16:04.

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Quality Schools Action Framework
Developed by the Intercultural Development Research Association

“Knowledge for Action – Organizing School-Community Partnerships Around Quality Data,”
By Laurie Posner, M.P.A., and Hector Bojorquez

“Informing Change Bringing School Data Online,”
By Laurie Posner, MPA

“Knowledge and Action – From Dropping Out to Holding On,”
By María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

“Community and Public Engagement in Education – Opportunity and Challenge,”
By Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.

IDRA School Holding Power Web Site

IDRA School Holding Power portal
(Texas high school level information). Designed for educators and community members to find out how well their high school campus is preparing and graduating students, what factors may be weakening school holding power, and what they can do together to address them.

Text of speech: “Framing Systems Change for Student Success,”
By María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.

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Show Notes

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel says the most important strategies answer the question, "How do we make change happen?"

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel outlines the power of community capacity building. She explains why “actionable knowledge” is a lever of change.

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel and Mr. Montemayor talk about IDRA’s work to inform the community about the actual high school dropout rates, which are disproportionately high among Latinos.

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel argues that communities should act with clarity about the education outcomes that they're targeting. She points to the San Antonio United Way as an example of building community coalitions.

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel talks about the necessary components of effective school capacity building.

  • Dr. Robledo Montecel notes that IDRA's Quality Schools Action Framework is based on the shared sense that everyone can achieve at a high level, and that this notion must be supported.