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African American Studies – IDRA Services

IDRA provides training and customized technical assistance that supports educators in offering African American Studies courses in Texas public schools. We testified before the Texas State Board of Education to support adoption of African American Studies in the state.

Why African American Studies?

Research shows that ethnic studies courses lead to improved:

  • standardized test scores;
  • graduation rates;
  • college attendance rates; and
  • academic mindsets.

African American Studies is much more than just a text or any number of books. It is a belated clarion-call to give children a fuller and truer sense of history. It is also a way for schools to give proof positive about the immense contribution of African Americans to who we are as a country.

Professional Development Services

IDRA provides training and customized technical assistance that supports educators in offering African American Studies and Mexican American Studies courses in Texas public schools. IDRA’s professional development covers a range of topics for all grades. Training topics can include the teaching of content-specific African American Studies courses and/or tools educators can use to incorporate cultural sustainability into any curriculum. We are committed to meeting the customized needs of each district and offer on-site technical assistance, model teaching, observations and feedback and an online community of practice.

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Services include:

  • Planning for African American Studies-dedicated courses
  • Curriculum and lesson planning for integrating African American Studies in subjects including social studies, history, literature and fine arts
  • Best practices for elementary and secondary instruction
  • Research-based professional development training
  • Team training
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Partnering with families.

With an unwavering commitment to student success, IDRA services provide innovative, practical and sustainable solutions for diverse student populations based on the unique needs of each district, campus or classroom.

Related News

Adopt HB 3638 to Establish an African American Studies Advisory Board – IDRA Testimony for HB 3638, Presented by Dr. Altheria Caldera to the House Public Education Committee, April 13, 2021

A Win for Equity – Texas Board to Adopt Curriculum Standards for African American Studies Course in Historic Vote, April 16, 2020

IDRA EAC-South Assists Virginia Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth – The commission is updating Virginia’s standards of learning to be more inclusive of African American contributions

African American Studies Course Will Have a Significant and Positive Impact on Students Across Texas – IDRA testimony presented by Morgan Craven, J.D., IDRA National Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement, before the Texas State Board of Education, November 13, 2019

African American Studies Testimony Videos

Texas State Board of Education Public Hearing on Proposed New African American Studies Course – Testimony by the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition (TLEEC), November 13, 2019


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