Shirley Castillo, Connecting Cultural Traditions in an International Family

Shirley Castillo, Instructor at IDEA Donna College Prep, is a proud Uruguayan who is passionate about connecting and celebrating many cultural traditions with her children, who were born in different countries. Castillo often shares these unique family traditions with her scholars.    Our teachers at IDEA come from various cultural backgrounds and are an integral part […]

Center Stage: Grupo Folklorico Cuauhtli of IDEA Edinburg

After-school programs at IDEA Edinburg College Prep are a source of joy for scholars and staff across the campus. Their rich programming of music, art, and dance is known for bringing the school community together and filling the gymnasium with families for showcases, concerts, and community events. When the campus had to pause after-school activities […]

Discovering Diversity in Latinx Culture with IDEA Pharr’s Mariachi Leon

IDEA Pharr Mariachi Leon

 This Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting IDEA Pharr’s Mariachi Leon and how they have brought the IDEA community together with their performances. The IDEA Pharr campus in the Rio Grande Valley was the first to launch a Mariachi program and ensembles are following suit and appearing across the district. Directed by Cecilia Chavez Padron, she […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Moment of Reflection with Jose Luis Vasquez

For Hispanic Heritage Month, IDEA is highlighting its Latinx staff members who continue to proudly uphold the cultures and traditions that make them who they are.  Jose Luis Vasquez, Managing Director of Alumni Affairs at IDEA, recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices of his predecessors that afforded him the opportunities he has today.   As we […]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors

This October, students across the district continue learning about historical and current Hispanic and Latinx figures during Hispanic Heritage Month. As we reflect on the unique contributions of these communities in American history, we encourage engaging students in lessons and meaningful discussions about Hispanic history, equity, and issues affecting these communities today.  See our curated […]

IDEA Public Schools Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month  

IDEA Public Schools is proud to join our nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15! This annual celebration honors the history, cultures, and contributions of U.S. Hispanic and Latinx communities to American society, including those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  The celebration […]