Using Socioeconomic Indicators as a Tool for School Diversity and Integration
New! See our literature review and new resources K-12 integration strategies that are being implemented and what we know about the design and implementation of such policies that might create more diverse schools and reduce racial isolation. Learn more
Diversifying the Field – Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color
See our literature review and new resources on recruiting and retaining teachers of color. The lit review was developed by Desiree Carver-Thomas of the Learning Policy Institute. Learn more.
Grow Your Own Educator Programs –Emphasizing Equity-based Approaches
See our literature review and new resources on emphasizing equity-based approaches to grow your own educator programs. The lit review was developed by Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin. Learn more.
Student-Teacher Demographic Diversity Gap
New interactive map! All students benefit from a diverse teaching force. Yet, schools across the country are struggling to hire a workforce that reflects the racial diversity of their communities. See our new Student-Teacher Demographic Diversity Gap.
Focus Area Resources
With roots in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federally-funded equity assistance centers help school districts build capacity to confront educational problems occasioned by race, national origin, sex and gender, and religion.
Six Goals of Educational Equity
Every child in each school district, of any background, should have the chance to excel. Schools must ensure that all students are on track to graduate, prepared for college.Public schools can do what they choose to educate their students within certain limits and parameters, but they are accountable for educating all learners to high academic standards and outcomes regardless of differing characteristics of those learners. To help schools and communities look together at these goals and create a plan of action, the IDRA has outlined Six Goals of Educational Equity that school personnel and communities can use as a yardstick to measure their progress and as a lightning rod to galvanize change.
The IDRA Newsletter is published 10 times a year, with each edition focusing on a particular issue in education. It serves as a vehicle for communication for policymakers, school board members, school and district administrators, teachers, parents, researchers and university faculty across the United States. The newsletter is available by mail and email.
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Ensuring High Teaching Quality to Tap Into Students’ Strengths
In this interview for IDRA’s equity assistance center, PS279 principal Jean Dalton Encke in the Bronx talks about how she uses data and systems to monitor teacher effectiveness and student achievement to ensure that students are succeeding. Having grown up in the Bronx herself, she is passionate about using students’ strengths to help them learn and prepare for college. She has brought in IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and has a partnership with Lehman College to bolster both literacy learning and exposure to college for students, many of whom may not have seen graduation and college as a possibility. Ms. Dalton Encke is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [18:18 min]
School Board Member: Tracking the Learning and Tracking the Dollar
School board members have many responsibilities, particularly to monitor student achievement and allocate funds responsibly. In this interview for IDRA’s equity assistance center, Velma Vela Ybarra, a school board member for Harlandale ISD in San Antonio, discusses her motivation and experiences in this important role. Ms. Ybarra is interviewed by IDRA senior education associate, Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed. [9:18 min]
Contagious College-Going Culture in Elementary School
Often, the question posed to students is: Are you going to college? But at Rebecca Sánchez’s school, the question is: Where are you going to college? Ms. Sánchez is the principal at Gus Guerra Elementary School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district in South Texas serving a largely economically disadvantaged population, with about half of the students being English learners and a high number of migrant students. In this interview for IDRA’s equity assistance center, she describes how her campus has been transformed through a collaboration with IDRA that included classroom demonstrations on effective instructional strategies and student engagement. She also discusses the relationship the school is building with families as well as the introduction of Semillitas de Aprendizaje in early childhood classrooms. Ms. Sánchez is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate. [28:49 min]