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Classnotes is IDRA’s free award-winning podcast series for teachers and administrators that explores issues facing U.S. education today and strategies to better serve every student. See an index of shows by topic. Listen from your computer or from an MP3 player, like your phone or iPod. Subscribe for free through iTunes. Or get updates through our newsfeed (RSS). And if you like our show, please leave a short review for us in iTunes!

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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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Classnotes Podcast Episode List

Nov 25, 2019

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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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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Student Voice – Chief Science Officer International Program – Podcast Episode 193

Jul 22, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (July 22, 2019). The Chief Science Officers program was initiated in 2015 by Arizona-based SciTech Institute to elevate … read more

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Code-switching as a School Strategy – Podcast Episode 192

Jul 01, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (July 1, 2019). In linguistics and language classes, the term “code-switching” describes how speakers mix two or more … read more

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Student Activists in High School – Podcast Episode 191

May 21, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (May 21, 2019). Students at high school in San Antonio are taking a proactive role to promote student … read more

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Superintendent Program for Equity and Social Justice through Education – Podcast Episode 190

Feb 12, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (February 12, 2019). Most schools express within their vision that “all children will learn.” Yet, the pathway to … read more

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3 Ways to Make Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students – Podcast Episode 189

Jan 15, 2019

Classnotes Podcast (January 15, 2019). Most parents and caregivers would agree that all students should be provided with the same … read more

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District Innovation Reverses Truancy – Podcast Episode 188

Dec 20, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (December 20, 2018) Schools across the country are learning from experience what research is showing that zero tolerance discipline … read more

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Achieving Integrated Schooling – Podcast Episode 187

Nov 27, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (November 27, 2018) Communities and schools across the country are becoming more segregated across racial, ethnic and class lines. But … read more

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Dress Codes and Religion Equity – Podcast Episode 186

Oct 25, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (October 25, 2018) There may forever be a tension between what teenagers want to wear to school and … read more

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Stronger Parent Involvement through Family Leadership in Education Projects – Podcast Episode 185

Sep 19, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (September 19, 2018) IDRA’s Education CAFE model takes parent involvement to a whole new level. Rather than limiting … read more

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Teacher Responsibilities in Supporting LGBTQ Students – Podcast Episode 184

Aug 16, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (August 16, 2018). Schools must be safe places for all children. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer … read more

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Teacher Adapts Curricula to Circumvent Institutional Discrimination – Podcast Episode 183

Jun 04, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (June 4, 2018) Conversations about institutional discrimination usually take place at the macro, big-picture level. And those are important … read more

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