Socioeconomic-Based Strategies for Racial Integration

More than ever before, social science research identifies an array of academic and social benefits for students stemming from learning in integrated educational settings, which is even more beneficial for younger students. This set of materials provide research and strategies to pursue the integration of K-12 schools.

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New Resource List for Supporting LGBTQ Students

The resource list below is from the article, “Making Schools Safe Learning Havens for LGBTQ Students,” by Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D., & Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Infographic: School Climate Affects LGBTQ Student Well-being, IDRA

Safe Place to Learn, resource package, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

5 Things to Know about LGBTQ Youth, Child Trends

The Basics: Understanding LGBTQ+ Youth, Side-by-Side

5 Things You Can Do to Support Your LGBTQ Students, Hey Teach

Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary School, Edutopia

Student Tasks: Do Something, lessons for K-12 students, Teaching Tolerance

3 Ways to Make Schools Safe for LGBTQ Students, IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode #189

Equity and Justice for LGBTQ Students – Teacher Responsibilities, IDRA Newsletter

Conduct Your Own Local School Climate Survey, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Updated eBook: Resources on Student Discipline Policy and Practice

Data from the Office for Civil Rights reflect the reality that confronts other researchers and advocates who study school discipline: minority students, particularly Black students, remain a population that is disproportionately subject to discipline practices that remove them from the academic environment.

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New Infographic: School Climate Affects LGBTQ Student Well-being

See highlights from the 2017 National School Climate Survey by GLSEN and a presentation by Side by Side (2019). This infographic accompanies “Making Schools Safe Learning Havens for LGBTQ Students,” by Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D., & Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

See the printable flier of this infographic.

Girls and STEM Education – Research Overview and Resources

The purpose of this eBook is to explore the intersection between science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, particularly computer science, and girls. Historically, women and other minority students have been largely absent from STEM fields and classes (Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012; Anderson, 2018). This eBook covers statistics for girls and minority students in STEM, the growing technology-dependent labor market, current initiatives and organizations encouraging STEM, literature on how to support these promising students, and resources.

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Six Goals of Educational Equity – Infographic

To help schools and communities work together to ensure that systems for equity are in place, IDRA outlined Six Goals of Educational Equity. The IDRA EAC-South uses these six goals as a foundation for school and district equity audits. School personnel and communities can use as a yardstick to measure their progress and as a lightning rod to galvanize change.

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Equitable Practices for Online Learning – Free Webinar Series

Our webinars are part of the IDRA EAC-South’s free webinar series on Equitable Practices for Online Learning to support educators as you continue student learning during this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) event.

Equitable Practices for Teaching Online Watch recording 

This webinar helps teachers rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like teacher-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with your peers, and ways of working with your district to ensure students have access. Presenters also gave an intro to using Zoom and provided a sample math lesson using the Zoom whiteboard.

Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices – Watch recording 

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 presenters from the Federal Reserve Bank, Lit Communities, and IDRA.

Tools & Tips to Alleviate the Homework Gap – Interactive Teaching with Limited Internet Access – Watch recording 

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.

Facilitating Online Math Sessions – Watch recording 

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.

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Family Engagement – Web-based Technical Assistance Package

Families can be their children’s strongest advocates for promoting quality neighborhood schools and to ensure excellent academic instruction – where children are safe, happy, learning and engaged.

The IDRA EAC-South’s Family Engagement Web-based Technical Assistance Package is designed to provide educators tools for embracing what, for many, is a new vision for engaging with families and community members.

This web-based package includes five chapters, each with a video and supporting resources.

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Diversifying the Field – Web-based Technical Assistance Package

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color

See our new resources on recruiting and retaining teachers of color. Resources include

  • Three chapter videos with an introduction, state strategies and district strategies
  • Interactive Map: Student-Teacher Demographic Diversity Gap
  • On-Demand Webinar: Diversifying the Field: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color
  • Literature Review Summary
  • Literature Review
  • State- and District-Level Strategies
  • Article: Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce

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Equity-based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling

The Equity-based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling is designed to assist school districts and communities in designing racially and economically integrated schools. It provides a structure for identifying areas of need or support to ensure all students acquire the incredible societal and academic benefits of integrated schooling.

Resources include

  • Narrative Publication: Equity-Based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling – A Framework for School Districts and Communities in Designing Racially and Economically Integrated Schools
  • Classnotes Podcast Episode: Achieving Integrated Schooling

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Equity-based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling

Using Socioeconomic Indicators as a Tool for School Diversity and Integration

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.

Resources include

  • Literature Review Summary
  • Literature Review
  • Article: Using Socioeconomic Indicators as a Tool for School Diversity and Integration
  • Classnotes Podcast Episode: Using Socioeconomic Status for School Integration – #172

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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.

Resources include

  • Literature Review Summary
  • Literature Review
  • Special Edition – Strategies

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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.

Race Equity Resource Page

National Origin Equity Resource Page

Sex/Gender Equity Resource Page

Religion Equity Resource Page

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.

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IDRA Newsletter

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.

See current and archived issues of the IDRA Newsletter

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Classnotes Podcast

Classnotes is IDRA’s free award-winning podcast series for teachers and administrators that explores issues facing U.S. education today and strategies to better serve every student. See an index of shows by topic. Listen from your computer or from an MP3 player, like your phone or iPod. Subscribe for free through iTunes. And if you like our show, please leave a short review for us in iTunes!

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College Bound and Determined

This report shows how the Pharr-San Juan Alamo school district in south Texas transformed itself from low achievement and low expectations to planning for all students to graduate from high school and college. In PSJA, transformation went beyond changing sobering graduation rates or even getting graduates into college. This school district changes how we think about college readiness.

The transformation has resulted in the district doubling the number of high school graduates, cutting dropout rates in half, and increasing college-going rates. In fact, half of the district’s students are earning college credit while still in high school.

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Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute

This annual institute offers families, school district personnel and community groups from across the country the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA’s nationally-recognized research-based model for parent leadership in education. The institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish).

See presentations and video from the 2019 event

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]

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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]

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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]

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