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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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Ready Texas Study of New Graduation Requirements – Podcast Episode 178

Jan 23, 2018

Classnotes Podcast (January 23, 2018) In 2013, Texas lowered graduation requirements for math, science and social studies and created a new … read more

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Capacity Building Among School Leadership – Podcast Episode 177

Dec 11, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (December 11, 2017) School improvement begins with the school’s leadership. Effective, informed, committed principals who mentor and support … read more

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5 Strategies for College Readiness in Diverse Schools – Podcast Episode 175

Sep 29, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (September 29, 2017) Some students face hurdles that end up steering them away from college. Some face barriers that … read more

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Authentic Family Engagement through Education CAFEs – Podcast Episode 174

Sep 08, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (September 8, 2017) IDRA has launched the next generation of its model for family and community engagement. Originally … read more

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Skills Needed for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms – Podcast Episode 173

Aug 03, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (August 3, 2017) With the quickly-changing dynamics across our communities, teachers often are facing the challenge of incorporating … read more

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Using Socioeconomic Status for School Integration – Podcast Episode 172

May 30, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (May 30, 2017) There is no doubt that diverse classrooms have significant benefits for students both socially and academically, … read more

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Taking Project Based Learning Schoolwide – Podcast Episode 171

Apr 13, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (April 13, 2017) Project based learning is not new. But more and more schools are seeing its benefits in … read more

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How Inclusive Education Shapes Teaching in Diverse Classrooms – Podcast Episode 170

Feb 21, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (February 21, 2017) Most teacher preparation programs fall short in equipping teachers to use culturally responsive practices with … read more

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A Principal on Leadership for a Turnaround School – Part 2 – Podcast Episode 169

Jan 23, 2017

Classnotes Podcast (January 23, 2017) The school principal has a critical role in leading staff to educate every student on … read more

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A Principal on Leadership for a Turnaround School – Part 1 – Podcast Episode 168

Dec 02, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (December 2, 2016) The school principal lays the critical foundation for an effective school. Not surprisingly, research shows … read more

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Intergenerational Family Leadership for Schools – Podcast Episode 167

Oct 24, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (October 24, 2016) Across the country, educators look for ways to connect their lessons to the “real world,” seeking … read more

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School Boards that Lead for Equity – Podcast Episode 166

Sep 19, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (September 19, 2016) In order for educational equity to take hold in a school, it is critical that … read more

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Equity-Centered Capacity Building for Stronger Schools – Podcast Episode 165

Jul 18, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (July 18, 2016) Seeing the fragmentation of school reform efforts across the country, a group of experts came … read more

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How Principals Can Support their Teachers – Podcast Episode 164

Jun 06, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (June 6, 2016) We have high expectations for our teachers. IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework points to teaching … read more

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English Learners and the New ESSA Law – Podcast Episode 163

May 10, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (May 10, 2016) Just a few months ago, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, succeeding the … read more

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TEDx Speaker on Maker Education – Podcast Episode 162

Apr 19, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (April 19, 2016) Mark Barnett, IDRA’s new chief IT strategist, was a presenter a TEDx talk at TEDx San Antonio … read more

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Texas Higher Ed Commissioner on College Access – Podcast Episode 161

Mar 29, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (March 29, 2016) IDRA recently brought together researchers, K-12 educators, policymakers, family and community leaders, higher education faculty, and students … read more

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3 ELL Scaffolding Strategies – Podcast Episode 160

Feb 16, 2016

Classnotes Podcast (February 16, 2016) Each content area in middle school and high school has its own vocabulary and language. … read more

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How the Fisher Case Relates to Equity in Public Schooling – Podcast Episode 159

Dec 17, 2015

Classnotes Podcast  (December 17, 2015) The U.S. Supreme Court has twice heard arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas … read more

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Civil Rights in Student Discipline – Podcast Episode 158

Nov 30, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (November 30, 2015) Stories of school discipline going too far circulate social media and the news cycle pretty … read more

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