Who We Are

kids runningIDRA is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college.

IDRA strengthens and transforms public education by leading policy analyses and advocacy; dynamic teacher training and principal coaching; useful research, evaluation and frameworks for action; and innovative student, family and community engagement.

We are committed to an asset-based philosophy, respecting the knowledge and skills of the individuals we work with and building on the strengths of the students and parents in their schools.

Throughout its history IDRA has been a vocal advocate for the right of every student to equality of educational opportunity. IDRA was founded in 1973 by Dr. José A. Cárdenas, then was directed by Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel. Today, IDRA is directed by Celina Moreno, J.D. IDRA fulfills its mission through professional development, research and evaluation, policy and leadership development, and programs and materials development.

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Get info on IDRA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

IDRA Annual Report 2019 and 2020

See IDRA’s latest annual report, The Power of Voice and Action – Accelerating the Promise, for stories of IDRA’s work in 2019 before the pandemic and stories in 2020 showcasing our quick and meaningful response.

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Change Model

To have the most impact, IDRA uniquely concentrates on all four domains that affect systemic equity...

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Our Story – Transforming Education by Putting Children First

An independent, private non-profit organization, IDRA works with thousands of K-12 educators, and family, community and higher education partners to...

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Let’s be friends! Find IDRA Online

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Employment Opportunities at IDRA

In addition to any job openings announced, IDRA accepts inquiries of possible open positions by mail, fax and e-mail. Unless...

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Impact Reports

See our latest report, The Power of Voice and Action – Accelerating the Promise, for stories of IDRA’s work in...

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IDRA Staff

Get to know the people behind IDRA. See recent publications, speeches, and more.

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IDRA's logo expresses our drive to secure excellent education for every child. As IDRA celebrated our 45th anniversary, we looked...

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Contact Us

Contact IDRA to explore technical assistance, research, policy, and community engagement services and resources. Note: IDRA's office is closed due...

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Videos on YouTube

See our YouTube channel for videos about IDRA projects, livestreamed events, media coverage and more!

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