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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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See a list of all of IDRA’s Classnotes Podcast episodes

Community Expects College Prep for All – Podcast Episode 156

Sep 14, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (September 14, 2015) Community groups, parents and students came together recently with 16 school superintendents from across the Rio … read more

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Key Issues in the Texas School Funding Trial – Podcast Episode 155

Aug 31, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (August 31, 2015) Texas in the midst of the largest school finance lawsuit in the state’s history. Over … read more

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Education Civil Rights Challenges – Podcast Episode 154

Aug 18, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (August 18, 2015) The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education declaring segregated schools unconstitutional … read more

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STEAM Education for Every Child Part 2 – Podcast Episode 153

Jul 16, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (July 16, 2015) Bringing more females, minorities and low-income students into STEM fields requires building an environment of … read more

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STEAM Education for Every Child Part 1 – Podcast Episode 152

Jun 30, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (June 30, 2015) Despite efforts across the nation over the last decade to increase STEM education for girls … read more

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A School District Vision for Biliteracy – Podcast Episode 151

Apr 21, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (April 21, 2015) While many bilingual education programs across the country are designed to build students’ fluency in English, … read more

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Civil Rights Update for English Learners – Podcast Episode 150

Mar 31, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (March 31, 2015) The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice recently published new guidance regarding education … read more

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A School District Vision for ELL Education – Podcast Episode 149

Mar 06, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (March 6, 2015) In an environment where the pressure on educators is to push English and show results on … read more

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PTA Comunitarios Focus on Strengthening their Schools – Podcast Episode 148

Feb 10, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (February 10, 2015) A revolutionary model of parent engagement is demonstrating how families and communities can collaborate with their … read more

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Education Civil Rights for Today and Beyond – Podcast Episode 147

Oct 30, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (October 30, 2014) Federal law and court rulings have taken steps to protect the civil rights of students in … read more

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Building Parent Voice for Action – Podcast Episode 146

Oct 14, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (October 14, 2014) Families need to know how schools are doing, and they can use available data to … read more

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Tutor’s Success Surprises Elementary Teacher – Podcast Episode 145

Sep 29, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (September 29, 2014) Karen Leahy knew that having a Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor work with students in … read more

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PTA Comunitarios are Born in their Communities – Podcast Episode 144

Aug 25, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (August 25, 2014) The national PTA president, Otha Thornton, recently visited several PTA Comunitarios in the Texas Rio Grande … read more

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A Valuing Professional Development Model – Podcast Episode 143

Jul 28, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (July 28, 2014) Teaching is a learning process. Teachers are constantly learning about their students and how they … read more

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An Elementary Teacher on Having Tutors in Her Classroom – Podcast Episode 142

Jun 30, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (June 30, 2014) Skepticism is often the first reaction elementary teachers to the idea of having students from the … read more

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College Readiness Competencies – Podcast Episode 141

Jun 03, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (June 3, 2014) Building college readiness involves more than focusing on cognitive learning. The affective domain also must be … read more

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Building Critical Thinking through Visual Literacy – Podcast Episode 140

May 19, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (May 19, 2014) In most classrooms, the days of memorization-focused teaching are gone. Though, we are still in the … read more

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Geometry in Early Childhood – Podcast Episode 139

May 07, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (May 7, 2014) Often, we think of preschool children learning their shapes rather than learning geometry. But of course … read more

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The Role of Bilingual Ed and ESL in Our Schools – Podcast Episode 138

Apr 28, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (April 28, 2014) Bilingual education and English as a second language programs have been in place in U.S. … read more

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The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 2 – Podcast Episode 137

Mar 31, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (March 31, 2014) During many of the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program’s 30 years, students have written essays … read more

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