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Classnotes is IDRA’s free award-winning podcast series for educators and public school advocates that explores issues facing U.S. education today and strategies to better serve every student. Listen from your computer or from an MP3 player, like your phone or iPod. Subscribe for free through iTunes. And if you like our show, please leave a short review for us!

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Digital Inclusion is Vital for Students and Families – Podcast Episode 212

Sep 27, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (September 27, 2021). The digital divide affects millions of Texas households that cannot get broadband Internet access. When … read more

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Classnotes Podcast Episode List

Jun 26, 2021

Award-winning podcast exploring strategies to better serve every student in our diverse classrooms. Sign up to receive free e-mail notices when new … read more

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Teaching that is Culturally-Relevant -Responsive and -Sustaining – Podcast Episode 211

May 18, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (May 18, 2021). In exploring the role of teachers in bringing about academic success for students of color, … read more

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A Culture of Student Engagement Through Schoolwide Restorative Practices – Podcast Episode 210

Apr 26, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (April 26, 2021). Often, people talk about restorative practice as an approach to student discipline. It is true … read more

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Connecting with Students in the Virtual Biology Classroom – Podcast Episode 209

Apr 06, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (April 6, 2021). At the core of IDRA’s philosophy is the recognition that each student is a unique … read more

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Teaching High Level Math through Distance Learning – Podcast Episode 208

Feb 08, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (February 8, 2021). Math is proving to be the subject that is experiencing the greatest distance learning challenges … read more

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How a Rural School District Makes its All-Students Attitude Real – Podcast Episode 207

Nov 16, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (November 16, 2020). IDRA’s change model, the Quality Schools Action Framework, helps people focus on what’s needed in … read more

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Bridging Academic and Home Knowledge with Home Works Lessons – Podcast Episode 206

Oct 28, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (October 28, 2020). COVID-19 has forced a re-imagining of instruction to promote learning and engagement in virtual lessons. … read more

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School Supports for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Podcast Episode 205

Sep 15, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (September 15, 2020). Across the country, 2.7 million grandparents have assumed full- or part-time responsibility for their grandchildren. … read more

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Challenging Colonialism in the Classroom – Part 2 – Podcast Episode 204

Jul 31, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (July 31, 2020). Colonialism influences why our schools teach certain topics and not others, why students of color … read more

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Challenging Colonialism in the Classroom – Part 1 – Podcast Episode 203

Jul 15, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (July 15, 2020). Educators across the country are working to make classrooms and instruction culturally responsive and relevant … read more

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How Equity Audits Reveal Harmful Education Policies – Podcast Episode 202

Jun 23, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (June 23, 2020). Equity audits are powerful tools to help school districts identify root causes of inequities that … read more

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STEM Students Describe Life in a COVID-19 World – Podcast Episode 201

May 28, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (May 27, 2020). Those most impacted by the sudden shift to distance learning clearly are the students themselves. … read more

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School District Takeovers History and Today – Podcast Episode 200

Mar 06, 2020

Classnotes Podcast (March 6, 2020). For several decades, some states have used the threat of taking over a school district … read more

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Meet the Chief Science Officer Students Who Brought the Program to Texas – Podcast Episode 199

Nov 26, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (November 26, 2019). While the Chief Science Officers program is designed to support new student leadership for STEM, … read more

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Principal Leadership for English Learner Success – Podcast Episode 198

Nov 14, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (November 14, 2019) English learners success in many ways depends on strong school leaders, many of whom are adjusting … read more

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Most Recent Fights for Fair Funding of Texas Schools – Podcast Episode 197

Oct 23, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (October 23, 2019). After a little over a decade of relatively fair funding in Texas, policymakers adopted changes … read more

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Quick History School Finance in Texas – Podcast Episode 196

Oct 11, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (October 11, 2019). For schools to successfully educate their students, fair funding is essential. Five decades ago, a … read more

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Impact of Mass Shootings on Schools – Podcast Episode 195

Sep 01, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (August 30, 2019). Following the tragic mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, the trauma does not … read more

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Three Strategies for Engaging Girls in Math – Podcast Episode 194

Aug 06, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (August 6, 2019). Over the last two decades, we’ve seen great improvements in engaging girls in math. They … read more

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