This month's focus: Student Voice
"Students must have a seat at the table to inform the direction 
of initiatives that impact them, their families 
and  the broader community."
- Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA President &CEO
Student Voice
Steps for Helping Students Become Activists - A Teen's Advice
by  Melivia Mujia
Recent high school graduate Melivia Mujia shares her experience as a high school student and finding her own voice as an activist confronting institutional injustice.  

When Melivia and her peers saw issues in their schools, such as LGBTQ mistreatment and student depression, they took it upon themselves to raise awareness of these matters and helped the adults in their schools confront their prejudices and improve conditions for the good of their students.

Through the efforts of passionate young student leaders like Melivia, real change can occur. Activism allows students to hone their academic skills and apply them in a real-life context where they see firsthand the positive impact of their efforts.

Building a STEM Identity through the Chief Science Officer Program
by Lexis Ratto & Kelly O'Kane
Many young students let go of their STEM interests because they do not identify with the degrees and careers they see as associated with STEM fields. Though a student's STEM identity is fragile, the curiosity behind STEM pursuits has a much broader application centered around innovation. 

The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program helps increase STEM interest for middle and high schoolers, especially those who are not involved in traditional STEM programs. High school students Lexis Ratto and Kelly O'Kane were San Antonio's first Chief Science Officers and were instrumental in bringing this program to San Antonio through the Alamo STEM Ecosystem.
The Day I Taught My High School Peers 
by Alyssa Diaz
Recent high school graduate Alyssa Diaz takes readers through her experience designing and teaching a lesson to fellow high school students during her senior year. She drew from her knowledge of Chicano literature and was excited to fill in the gaps she saw in the standard curriculum. 

Through considerations of the content, her class, and the type of material that would engage them, Alyssa had a rewarding experience that solidified her belief that students want to engage with their own culture and heritage.

by  Daniela Herrejon

Recent graduate Daniela Herrejon provides insights from her own student-led lessons and how the experience greatly enhanced her investment in education. Being involved in a learning community with teachers opened dialog about how she and her peers want to learn. This built greater trust between students and teachers and inspired Daniela's passion for learning and her new interest in teaching.
High School Tutor Learns While Tutoring Others
by Anahi Ortiz
Anahi Ortiz details her experiences with IDRA's Valued Youth Partnership, changing how she viewed education and making connections with other points of views through her tutees. Through helping her tutee whose attitude toward learning was similar to her own as a child, Anahi was able to connect to her own history as a student and grew as both a tutor and lifelong learner.

Anahi Ortiz received first place in IDRA's Valued Youth Partnership essay contest. See other winning essays online.
Students as Co-Collaborators in Teaching & Learning 
- Advice from the Field

Andres L√≥pez, a teacher at Stevens High School in San Antonio and winner of the statewide 2019 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award, offers advice to educators. 

Available now free!
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. 
  • Five learning chapters with videos
  • Literature review
  • Articles
  • Podcasts
Mexican American Studies  - IDRA Services 

IDRA provides training that supports educators in offering Mexican American Studies in public scho ols. Our professional development covers a range of topics for all grades. 

Topics can include the teaching of content-specific MAS courses and/or tools educators  can use to incorporate cultural sustainability into any curriculum.

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Immgrant Students and Families

The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent private non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational opportunity for every child. 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.
IDRA works hand-in-hand with hundreds of thousands of educators and families each year in communities and classrooms around the country. All our work rests on an unwavering commitment to creating self-renewing schools that value and promote the success of students of all backgrounds.