Services for Educators

On an annual basis, IDRA provides on-site training and technical assistance to thousands of teachers and students across the country and to more than 1,600 school districts and other groups. With an unwavering commitment to student success, our services provide innovative, practical and sustainable solutions for the schools that need them most. IDRA’s professional development services reflect a thorough knowledge of curriculum and assessment standards, national standards such as the NCTM math, the TESOL ESL, and the ISTE technology standards.

We’re here to help! IDRA’s professional staff members are:
Skilled – trainers that design and implement top notch workshops with proven results
Prepared  hold graduate and doctoral degrees in reading, math, bilingual education and educational administration
Bilingual – fluent and literate in English and Spanish
Experienced – teachers and administrators with years of bilingual and ESL classroom and administrative experience

“I feel that I have gained so much more knowledge, skills and new strategies for teaching from people who have been in the classroom and taught for 15-plus years. In all my years of teaching…I can’t think of a time when pre-service training or any other training met the expectations this project has made.”
– Teacher, Central Texas 

IDRA delivers services on site and online. Based on the unique needs of your district, campus or classroom, our staff integrates multimedia technologies and web resources and activities in on-site technical assistance, workshops, and coaching and mentoring activities. IDRA staff demonstrates and teaches educators technology integration models in the planning, communication and delivery of education. In addition to online resources, IDRA workshops include CDs and DVDs with static and dynamic files that include documents, multimedia applications, video and audio. Tailored to meet the needs of each school, IDRA also can support the design and production of multimedia applications and technology-infused learning models.

IDRA is committed to a valuing philosophy: we respect the knowledge and skills of the teachers we work with, model continually how educators can identify assets and build on the strengths of the students and parents in their schools.

See IDRA’s latest annual report, Keeping the Promise: Profiles in Leadership and Education (or view the pdf)

  • Resources

Instructional Strategies for Building Inferencing Skills – IDRA Services

Three-Day Literacy Learning Series See pdf flier IDRA conducted research on the reading test questions that a high percentage of students miss across grade levels. We found that students were having difficulty with questions that require a high level of proficiency in the underlying and foundational skill of inferencing. And we looked at the professional…

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English Learner Literacy Coaching Services

See PDF flier Transform classrooms for English learner success Build on teachers’ natural strengths and training Facilitate collaborative planning based on data Minimize out-of-class time for professional development Raise student confidence, competency and achievement Energize student learning and increase academic achievement of English learners. Through dynamic coaching and modeling, IDRA can help you create a…

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Mexican American Studies – IDRA Services

IDRA provides training and customized technical assistance that supports educators in offering Mexican American Studies courses in Texas public schools. We co-led two professional development training sessions to support the extension and expansion of Mexican American Studies in teacher preparation and ongoing professional development. Why Mexican American Studies? Research shows that Mexican American Studies courses…

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Coaching and Mentoring for Schoolwide Success – Services

IDRA’s school improvement coaches work with district and campus leadership teams to help them polish their own skillsets that lead to effective delivery of high-quality deeper learning and evidence-based instruction. Leaders can create a space to examine their leadership skills, develop competencies, and take practical steps to raise student academic achievement through reflective practices. IDRA’s…

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Evaluation, Research and Needs Assessment – IDRA Services

IDRA is nationally-recognized as a reliable, efficient and cost-effective contractor in the field of evaluation and research. Through IDRA’s research-based evaluation work, educators and other program implementers can assess and document project outcomes using qualitative and quantitative methods and improve future activities by clarifying what works, for which students and under what conditions. IDRA’s evaluation…

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Principal Leadership – Services

Academic Success for English Learners IDRA works with principal and instructional leadership teams to establish transformational approaches that build self-efficacy, a positive school culture, data-informed instruction, and student-centered systems. Our clients make relevant connections to leverage points for improvement within the T-PESS and T-TESS frameworks in ways that impact their individual growth and the educators…

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Leverage Data to Inform Teaching and Learning – Services

IDRA provides services to help school leadership make data-informed decisions. For example, we can generate student enrollment forecasts for the next school year and for five-year enrollment projections. IDRA data services also include formatting STAAR data files and providing guidance on how to meet state accountability standards based on the findings in the data. We…

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Restorative Practices Campus Team Training and Coaching Support Services

Restorative practices are part of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and shift the paradigm of traditional behavior management by focusing on community building and development of strong and powerful relationships, rather than punishment alone. IDRA’s professional development and turnaround training explores the key goals of restorative practices that help clients to: Create caring climates…

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Students in Technology Explorations – Moving to STEM – Services

STEM-2-STEM is IDRA’s sustainable program model that increases participation of youth, including girls and minority and economically disadvantaged students, in STEM courses by: Integrating STEM applications in an eighth grade technology applications course; Implementing collaborative project-based learning (PBL) in eighth grade math and science courses; Placing students who are considered at-risk into technology and curriculum…

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Parent Involvement and Leadership Development

Target Audience Spanish-speaking parents of school-age children   Parent Needs Addressed Parents want their children to grow up to be happy, successful, productive adults. Many parents, however, may not know how to navigate and negotiate the educational system. They may, for example, have experienced limited schooling and not speak English, which can make it difficult…

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ESL and Bilingual Education

Language Acquisition in Diverse Classrooms Focusing on Language and Academic Instructional Renewal (FLAIR) Increase cognitive growth and academic achievement in reading for all students, including linguistically diverse students, through an intensive language-across-the-curriculum program. This professional development model helps teachers transform every classroom into a powerful learning environment, where students and teachers are encouraged to think…

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Schoolwide Project Based Learning – IDRA Services

See pdf flier What does project based learning look like? Classrooms with students working collaboratively in self-directed groups Students giving constructive criticism and positive feedback to each other Students presenting to the city council, local officials or to industry professionals Transformative approach to teaching and learning that sets up group collaboration in real-world exercises that…

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IDRA Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success Project

IDRA's Re-energizing Leadership to Achieve Greater Student Success project will transform instruction schoolwide using promising practices to strengthen student learning and build school-community collaboration. Promising Practices Master Teachers to Become Principals – Participating school districts will select, prepare and certify master teachers as principals focusing on diverse campuses serving minority high-need students. Leadership Team Training…

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IDRA School TurnAround and Reenergizing for Success (STAARS) Leaders Project

IDRA’s School TurnAround and Reenergizing for Success (STAARS) Leaders project is a unique model for school improvement that focuses on cohesive, meaningful change for struggling schools through mentoring and supporting campus leadership. The project is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and participating schools are those eligible to receive a…

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Engagement-Based Sheltered Instruction – IDRA Services

Are your English language learners meeting state standards and passing required tests? IDRA’s new research-based sheltered instruction model can assist you in improving the academic success of your English language learners. The model focuses on student engagement. Engagement in the learning process is essential for academic success. Because of English language learners' different English proficiency…

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Math and Science Education

Math Smart!™ “IDRA is the reason we are off of AYP; now we can breathe and focus on our next goal: increasing the number of kids in higher level math.” — Principal, South Texas , 2007 Energize student learning in mathematics and increase academic achievement. Through dynamic workshops, mentoring, co-teaching and webcasts, Math Smart! can…

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Transitions to Teaching – IDRA Project

Empowering Teachers to Serve Today’s Classrooms Preparing a New Generation of Teachers for Science, Technology, Math and Special Education Teachers Learning and Leading, in Community Across the South, public schools need skilled, committed teachers, who are passionate about innovation and engaging all students. Through its Transition to Teaching programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education,…

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College for All – IDRA Services

Meeting the challenges set by school leaders, districts and states requires establishing a college-going culture where the expectation is that all students should enroll in college compatible courses in high school, have opportunities to experience dual credit courses, be college ready and college connected upon high school graduation. IDRA has developed a professional development program…

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Serving Migrant Students

The lifestyle of migrant families is filled with challenges, opportunities and an ever-present belief that today's work and a good education will provide a better tomorrow. For more than 30 years, the federal government has provided funds to schools to support the education of migrant students. Today, migrant funds are part the No Child Left…

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