Linda Cantu, Ph.D., Senior Education Associate, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), directs the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, an internationally-recognized dropout prevention program. She coordinates the training, technical assistance activities, materials development, and evaluation for more than 50 sites that implement this cross-age tutoring program. Cantu also manages and https://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/C.W.-Gardenhire-pic.jpgisters IDRA’s three Transitions to Teaching projects (Transitions, T-TExAS, MASS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education to recruit and prepare elementary school teachers. Cantu taught fourth grade for six years. In 1988, she served as the assistant director of training for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.