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March 2020

College Readiness – Preparation for Underserved Students of Color – Visiting Scholar Webinar

March 20 @ 4:23 pm CDT

This webinar will highlight the challenges schools and districts face in expanding college access and ensuring college readiness, and it will provide research-based strategies for addressing the needs of underserved students of color in becoming college-ready. Provided by the IDRA EAC-South.* Our visiting scholar is Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez. Dr. Rodríguez is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Howard University and is an expert on equity and access throughout the academic pipeline. A panel followed…

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Part I – Webinar-On-Demand Series

March 20 @ 4:26 pm UTC-5

An Effective Tool in Systemic School Transformation under ESSA Our first webinar in this series focuses on a systemic approach to increasing culturally responsive pedagogy beginning at the state level. Key components include the need to establish research, policy and practice that build the structural capacity of SEAs to support LEAs as they begin implementation of their state ESSA plans. This is Part I of our Webinar Series for State Education Agencies on ESSA Plan Implementation This series is designed…

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Cultivating Equity-oriented Educators Part II – Webinar-On-Demand Series

March 20 @ 4:28 pm UTC-5

What SEAs Can do to Promote Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices at the LEA Level The second webinar in our series will provide strategies on how SEAs can support LEAs at various points in the process of implementing their state ESSA plans. Emphasis will be given on how plans define an effective educator, the attributes of culturally responsive pedagogy at the instructional level, and the importance of accessing student knowledge through instruction in an effort to ensure every student receives…

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Equity Audits – Assessing Equity Across Education – Visiting Scholar Webinar-On-Demand

March 20 @ 4:28 pm CDT
Free

An equity audit is a critical step in crafting an organizational and systemic plan to improve equity and access – and ultimately fair outcomes and success for all. This webinar will provide leadership and organizational considerations for schools, school systems and communities. Featured Scholar Cristóbal Rodríguez, Ph.D., IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow and Visiting Scholar | Howard University, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Education, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Panelists Dr. Fernando Valle, Ed.D.|…

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Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute – Postponed

March 20 @ 4:30 pm CDT
Whitley Theological Center, 285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216 United States
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Bilingual Parent Institute  Special event for families, community groups, educators and administrators  With the latest CDC recommendations limiting small group gatherings, IDRA is canceling the live stream parent institute that was set for March 27. We will reschedule the popular in-person event for a later date once it is safe to do so and in consultation with our partners. We look forward to seeing you when all this has passed. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule. If you haven’t already,…

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Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices

March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-5

Get practical solutions to addressing the digital divide for your students. This webinar will explore immediate and sustainable long-term strategies that preserve the integrity of district fiscal policies. Featuring Jordana Barton, MPA, Federal Reserve Bank, email Rene Gonzales, Lit Communities, email Terrence Wilson, J.D., IDRA, email Michelle Martínez Vega, IDRA, email Resources  Slide deck – Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices Slide deck – Community Broadband Solutions in Response to COVID 19 Remind app Free Conference Call.com  Google Support – Offline Access  This webinar is part of IDRA’s free webinar…

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Tools & Tips to Alleviate the Homework Gap – COVID-19 School Response Webinar

March 31

Interactive Teaching with Limited Internet Access The homework gap is not a new problem. But with the move to system-wide distance learning, it’s not just a homework gap any longer. This webinar presents ways to support students who do not have internet access or computer. Resources Charter Communications offers free internet for new households with college or K-12 students. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Texas Educational Agency shares guidance to school districts…

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April 2020

Facilitating Online Math Sessions – COVID-19 School Response Webinar

April 8 - April 9

Get some tips you can use right away! Compare ways of supporting students in Google Classroom in shared spaces versus virtual learning environments. And see how to use Zoom Whiteboard, Explain Everything, and Google Classrooms and Training. Join Dr. Paula N. Johnson, director of the IDRA EAC-South as she hosts a practical conversation with our guests: Heather Aguilar, elementary teacher, Judson ISD Takiesha Martínez, middle school math teacher, San Antonio ISD Susan Hernández, high school math teacher, Northside ISD Resources Math…

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PBL at Home & Across the Curriculum

April 14

Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful approach for educators to use with distance learning because it creates quality home learning experiences. Through hands-on experiences, students can explore, create, engage and connect what they are learning to the real-world. Join us as we explain PBL components of this interdisciplinary and inquiry-based learning approach with an equity lens and discuss applications of PBL across the curriculum. Join Dr. Stephanie Garcia, IDRA’s STEM and gender equity education specialist, as she hosts a practical conversation…

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May 2020

Elevate the Voices of Students in STEM at Your School – Webinar Q&A on Hosting the Texas Chief Science Officer Program

May 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am UTC-5

See how you can bring the Texas Chief Science Officer program to your school. Are you interested to learn more about IDRA's Texas Chief Science Officer Program? CSOs are students in grades 6-12 elected by their peers to be liaisons for STEM in their schools and communities. They learn leadership skills to implement on-campus projects and advocate for student voice in STEM. Join Dr. Stephanie Garcia, the Texas Regional Lead for the CSO Program, with your questions and coffee in…

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