Who We Are

The Intercultural Development Research Association 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 providing dynamic training; useful research, evaluation, and frameworks for action; timely policy analyses; and innovative materials and programs.

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.

IDRA’s professional staff members…

  • Are fluent and literate in English and Spanish.
  • Have many years of classroom, administrative, and community engagement experience.
  • Have graduate degrees – master’s and doctorates – from respected universities.
  • Are skilled trainers, accustomed to designing and implementing top-notch workshops.

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.

At IDRA, we hold ourselves accountable for producing timely and useful research, engaging in thoughtful and actionable communications, and using mobile and interactive technologies that accelerate action and produce results.

See highlights of our Learning Goes On support since schools closed in March.

We welcome donations to support education during this COVID-19 crisis.

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.

In 2018, IDRA celebrated 45 years of working to assure educational opportunity for every child. See some highlights!

Change Model

IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework™ shows how we can strengthen public education for all students. The framework – or theory...

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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

Stay up-to-date with IDRA's email notices and on social media. by e-mail alerts             Sign...

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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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IDRA Annual Reports

During 2019 and 2020, IDRA analyzed data and conducted research to inform school improvement strategies across the U.S. South and...

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IDRA Staff

Get to know the people behind IDRA. See recent Publications, Speeches, and more.

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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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Photos on Flickr

See photos from our recent events and share!

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We are proud to announce our new logo that expresses our drive to secure excellent education for every child. As IDRA...

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