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 lead to improved:
- standardized test scores;
- graduation rates;
- college attendance rates; and
- academic mindsets.
MAS 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 Mexicans and Mexican Americans to who we are as a country.
See article: Mexican American Studies in All Grades – Administering an Innovation, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA Newsletter
See MAS student article: The Day I Taught My High School Peers, by Alyssa Diaz, IDRA Newsletter
Article: San Antonio an epicenter of newfound appreciation for Mexican American Studies, Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, June 13, 2019
Professional Development Services
IDRA’s professional development covers a range of topics for all grades. Training topics can include the teaching of content-specific MAS 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, an online community of practice, and a MAS locator map searchable by district, city and topic.
Learn more today!
- Planning for MAS-dedicated courses
- Curriculum and lesson planning for integrating MAS 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.
We’re excited for this summer’s virtual academy which is co-sponsored by Humanities Texas and UTSA’s Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, with the support of our invaluable community partners, IDRA and the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute – MACRI!
Created by UTSA MAS faculty in 2014 as part of the statewide movement to bring MAS into Texas public schools, the MAS Teachers’ Academy is a people-powered, teacher-scholar-community-led effort that provides educators with foundational content and curricular support to teach MAS in K-12 public schools. The academy also introduces teachers to Chicana/x/o Studies liberation and anti-oppression pedagogies and teaching/learning approaches that speak to MAS’ commitment to student empowerment, community self-determination, and social transformation.
**The academy is open to all K-12 educators.
Participants will receive Continuing Education/Professional Development credits.