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IDRA Anniversary – Across the Decades – 2000s

The 21st Century has given us both detachment and connectivity. It is an age of fear and hope…

IDRA chooses hope and demonstrates that the dream is possible.


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The remaining lower part of the World Trade Center in New York City, 2011. Wikipedia photo

Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States, was inaugurated in 2009 and 2013. White House photo

U.S. Marines in Iraq, 2004. By Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco

House in Salinas, California, under foreclosure, following the popping of the U.S. real estate bubble. Wikipedia photo

Tsunami from the Indian Ocean following an earthquake kills over 250,000 on Boxing Day, 2004. Wikipedia photo

A user typing a text message on an LG enV (VX9900). The advent of text messaging made possible new forms of interaction that were not possible before. Wikipedia photo

As of 2012, social media has become one of the most powerful sources for news updates. Cutcaster image

American Idol is a reality television singing competition that began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002. By BestofWDW via Flickr

Apple’s iTunes revolutionized the music industry and facilitated the growth of podcasting. Control Your Mac image

Artist Concept of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on Mars. Two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were sent to explore Martian surface and geology in 2003. Wikipedia photo

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Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program tutor and tutee during the program’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2004.

Four leaders of the ARISE South Tower PTA Comunitario interviewed: (left to right): Angelica Nava, Emilia Vega, Carmen Vargas and Eva Carranza. 2011

Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™. IDRA, 2010

Parents in South Texas read to their children from IDRA’s Semillitas de Aprendizaje big books. 2012

Through IDRA’s Parent Information and Resource Center, parents get resources for partnering with their neighborhood public schools.

Participants in IDRA’s Brown and Mendez Blueprint Dialogues for Action.

Achieve College ~ ¡Hacia Adelante! ~ A Guide for College Access / Achieve College ~ ¡Hacia Adelante! ~ Una Guía para Estudiantes, Familias y Educadores. IDRA, 2011

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program with San Antonio mayor, Julian Castro.

What Every Teacher Should Know about Migrant Students: The Harvest of Hope is in Your Hands. IDRA, 2006

Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel is interviewed in a documentary video by Emmy-award winning documentarian, Robert Currie, that presents a historical perspective of Head Start and Lady Bird Johnson’s involvement in both Head Start and the war on poverty. 2012

IDRA and a coalition of other organizations, educators and families demonstrate their support of public money for public schooling and opposition to publically-funded vouchers.

At IDRA’s ¡YA! Es Tiempo event, Juanita Valdez-Cox, La Unión de Pueblo Entero, and others use IDRA’s OurSchool portal to examine data about their schools and develop strategies they will take to improve schools for children and youth in the Rio Grande Valley. 2010

InterAction – The Initiative: A Call to Action, a summary of IDRA’s InterAction initiative focusing on improving college access and success of Latino students. IDRA, 2005

The Ohtli Encuentro – Women of Color Share Pathways to Leadership. IDRA, 2005

The José Angel Cárdenas Early Childhood Center in Edgewood ISD was rededicated in a ceremony on June 16, 2010.

Participants in IDRA Annual La Semana del Niño Early Childhood Educators Institute™. 2004