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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.

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The Law in Education – Plyler v Doe – Podcast Episode 224

Jun 27, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (June 27, 2022). In one of those last-minute backdoor tricks, an amendment was slipped through the Texas Legislature … read more

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Classnotes Podcast Episode List

Jun 27, 2022

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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The Law in Education – Brown v Board of Ed – Podcast Episode 223

May 16, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (May 16, 2022). The role of public education in the United States evolved since the founding mothers and … read more

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Tools for Schools Dealing with Bullying – Podcast Episode 222

Apr 19, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (April 19, 2022). Bullying and harassment undermines students’ abilities to learn and hinders the establishment of safe spaces … read more

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Nurturing Courageous Critical Conversations in the Classroom – Podcast Episode 221

Mar 23, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (March 23, 2022). Teachers understand the need for students to have substantive conversations to develop their vocabulary and … read more

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Benefits of Reflection for School Leaders – Podcast Episode 220

Feb 28, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (February 28, 2022). Critical reflection is important for professional growth among school leaders. It creates space for leaders … read more

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STEM Journeys of Two Young Women of Color – Part 2 – Podcast Episode 219

Feb 07, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (February 7, 2022). In this second of two podcast episodes, Dr. Stephanie Garcia talks with two young women … read more

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STEM Journeys of Two Young Women of Color – Part 1 – Podcast Episode 218

Jan 24, 2022

Classnotes Podcast (January 24, 2022). In this first of two podcast episodes, Dr. Stephanie Garcia talks with two young women … read more

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The Future of Education Advocacy and Being Pushy – Podcast Episode 217

Dec 30, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (December 30, 2021). It started with a dream – a dream to not be the only one in … read more

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Education Policy Fellows Get Things Done in the Suppression Session – Podcast Episode 216

Dec 13, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (December 13, 2021). The policymaking process is more complicated that Schoolhouse Rock would have you believe. IDRA’s policy … read more

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An Inside Look at Advocating with Communities of Color – Podcast Episode 215

Nov 29, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (November 29, 2021). Community advocacy is hefty because you are not just speaking on your own behalf, others … read more

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Education Advocacy Hinges on Community Collaboration – Podcast Episode 214

Nov 19, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (November 19, 2021). As IDRA’s groundbreaking Education Policy Fellows Program closed its inaugural year, we sat down with … read more

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Students Want Schools to Teach Inclusive Truth – Podcast Episode 213

Oct 29, 2021

Classnotes Podcast (October 29, 2021) Concerned about the impact of the new classroom censorship bill in Texas, 88 public school … read more

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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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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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