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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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The Art of Writing – Tips for Teachers Part 1 – Podcast Episode 136

Mar 17, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (March 17, 2014) During many of the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program’s 30 years, students have written essays about … read more

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They start calling my name (on being a Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor) – Podcast Episode 135

Feb 27, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (February 27, 2014) As the struggle to keep many young people in school continues to face educators, parents … read more

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Readers Theatre in Early Childhood Ed – Podcast Episode 134

Feb 06, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (February 6, 2014) It’s never too early to engage children in exploring science and math. And in bilingual classrooms … read more

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Why Algebra II? – Podcast Episode 133

Jan 30, 2014

Classnotes Podcast (January 30, 2014) Following a trend over the last decade or so of pushing for higher math education among … read more

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Six Generations of Civil Rights in Education – Podcast Episode 132

Dec 02, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (December 2, 2013) Last year in Classnotes Podcast episode 113, Bradley Scott, Ph.D. director of the IDRA South Central … read more

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How to Start a PTA Comunitario – Podcast Episode 131

Nov 11, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (November 11, 2013) A new model of parent engagement is sweeping the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Evolving out of … read more

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Substantive Conversation in the Classroom – Podcast Episode 130

Oct 17, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (October 17, 2013) Most of us can remember a time when students were expected to be silent in the … read more

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Leading with iPads for Diverse Students – Podcast Episode 129

Oct 01, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (October 1, 2013) There is a lot of attention on how students and teachers can use iPads and other … read more

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A Principal on Supporting Teachers for Student College Readiness – Podcast Episode 128

Sep 06, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (September 6, 2013) School transformation doesn’t just happen by decree from a superintendent or principal. Systems and support for … read more

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A Principal on the Core Elements of School Transformation – Podcast Episode 127

Aug 21, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (August 21, 2013) The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district is demonstrating dramatic school transformation. After looking at the data, the … read more

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A Principal on Setting Expectations for College – Podcast Episode 126

Aug 12, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (August 12, 2013) Deep in the heart of the Texas Rio Grande Valley, something amazing is happening. Many in … read more

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The Power of Student Voices in Dropout Prevention – Podcast Episode 125

Jun 26, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (June 26, 2013) Six students received prizes in a national competition among participants in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, … read more

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Tracking vs. High Quality Education for All Students – Podcast Episode 124

Jun 13, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (June 13, 2013) Policies that encourage schools to funnel students into different high school tracks are making resurgence. This, … read more

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Sylvia Mendez on Civil Rights in the 1940s and Today – Podcast Episode 123

May 20, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (May 20, 2013) Sylvia Mendez remembers vividly the day in March of 1945 when her family was told she … read more

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Teaching with iPads for Diverse Students (Science for English Learners #6) – Podcast Episode 122

Apr 15, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (April 15, 2013) In many cases, using one or two apps on the iPad or other tablet is just … read more

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Building Levels of Leadership to Support ELL Success – Podcast Episode 121

Mar 28, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (March 28, 2013) The demographic profile of students have always been in a state of change. But today, that … read more

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Learning While Teaching (A Conversation with New Teachers) – Podcast Episode 120

Mar 07, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (March 7, 2013) The decision to change careers is a big one. Hundreds of Texans have done just that … read more

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Affective Lessons are Effective Lessons (Science for English Learners) – Podcast Episode 119

Feb 25, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (February 25, 2013) As students get older and move into middle school and high school, some lose their positive … read more

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Promotora Model for Family Leadership in Education – Podcast Episode 118

Feb 15, 2013

Classnotes Podcast (February 15, 2013) The promotora model of community outreach evolved in neighborhoods in Mexico and Latin American countries to provide medical … read more

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A Civil Rights Look at the Common Core – Podcast Episode 117

Dec 11, 2012

Classnotes Podcast (December 11, 2012) In many states across the country, school districts began implementing the Common Core State Standards developed … read more

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