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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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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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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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