(December 22, 2011) Meaningful family and community engagement is a critical element for strengthening schools. IDRA has transformed the traditional PTA organizational model into a more effective vehicle for parents who have been previously excluded or underserved. Our Community PTA model transforms that traditional model of volunteerism and fundraising to one of a mutual school-home partnership in support of children’s academic and social success. Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., an IDRA senior education associate, describes how groups in three communities have formed their own community PTAs (or PTA Comunitarios) to transform education in their neighborhoods. He gives examples of their work advocating for equitable school funding, informing other parents about
’ relatively new graduation plans that track many students into low-quality courses, and meeting with school leaders about quality education for all students. Aurelio is interviewed by Christie Goodman, APR, IDRA communications manager. Send comments to
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