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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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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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Building Numeracy Skills in Early Childhood – Podcast Episode 157

Nov 09, 2015

Classnotes Podcast (November 9, 2015) Numeracy is the ABCs of math. It is a critical foundation for using math in … read more

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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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