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Parent Institute - Friday
Our bilingual parent institute will be livestreamed by NowCastSA. Watch live and join the discussion. Send in questions for the presenters through Twitter (@IDRAedu) and our Facebook page (
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Get more information about the   Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute along with the full agenda and presenters' PowerPoints throughout the day. Interviews will feature participants as well as presenters from among the 12 sessions not in the livestream. All presentations will be bilingual (English-Spanish).
San Antonio First Lady 
Erika Prosper Nirenberg
Erika Prosper Nirenberg will deliver our opening keynote. She is director of customer insights for H-E-B, and 2018 chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
First Grade Teacher,
María Rocha
Our closing keynote will be presented by María Rocha, who is a first grade teacher at Mark Twain Dual Language Academy in San Antonio.
Reyna Torres Mendivil
Our special guest, Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, will open the institute.
Celina Moreno
Celina Moreno, J.D.
IDRA President & CEO
Also, meet IDRA's new President & CEO: Celina Moreno, J.D.!
Cristina Bazaldua, Univison SA
Cristina Bazaldua will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Livestream Schedule Overview 
9:00 a.m.
Opening Session 
   * Cristina Bazaldua, Univison (Mistress of Ceremonies)
   * Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA President & CEO
   * Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil
   * San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper Nirenberg
9:20 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Honoring Heritage with   Mexican American Studies  - Families, teachers and community advocates pushed for students in Texas to be able to take Mexican American Studies in their public school - And we were successful. Find out what families need to know about these classes and how other classes can include Mexican American history too.
10:20 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Proof of Strong Parent Leadership at ARISE - Education CAFE  - An IDRA Education CAFE (Community Action Forum for Excellence) is a parent group that is rooted in the community. Its sole purpose is to collaborate with schools to improve the success of students in the community. After years of success in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Education CAFEs have been launched in San Antonio, Houston and El Paso. Hear families describe the activities and challenges involved in establishing a strong community group that models family leadership in education.
11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Making Schools Safer for  LGTBQ Students  - As parents and leaders in our communities, we can work together with our classroom teachers and school administrators to ensure our students can learn free from fear and are protected from discrimination, harassment and bullying.
12:20 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Closing Session 
María Rocha, first grade teacher at Mark Twain Dual Language Academy, San Antonio
2:00 p.m.
(times are central daylight)
Whatch the livestream here:
The slides and handouts from this institute 
will be available on IDRA's website at
See photos from this institute on our Flickr page!
April 4, 2019
The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. 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.

We are committed to the IDRA valuing philosophy, respecting the knowledge and skills of the individuals we work with and build on the strengths of the students and parents in their schools.