Families & Communities

PTA Comunitario

The next generation of IDRA’s family leadership in education model is the Education CAFÉ. Formerly known as PTA Comunitario, the Education CAFÉ approach is still designed to transform the traditional model of parent school organizations into a more effective vehicle for parents who have previously been excluded or underserved to participate and influence their schools. The new name emphasizes the diversity of communities who are engaged in impacting their public schools. This parent-led approach creates a partnership between families and schools in support of children’s academic and social success.


The First Comunitario PTA

The First Comunitario PTA  The first Comunitario PTA was begun by a non-proselytizing, faith-based group made up of immigrant women, called ARISE, A Resource in Serving Equity. This organization helps empower community women to take up challenges seen in their...

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Core Articles about Comunitario PTA

Core Articles about Comunitario PTA “Our children could get lost” – Rio Grande Valley Parents Gather to Discuss Policy Implications By Sofía Bahena, Ed.D., November-December  2015 Armed with Data, PTA Comunitarios Work with Schools for College Preparation – An IDRA...

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Podcasts about Comunitario PTA

Podcasts about Comunitario PTA  PTA Comunitarios Focus on Strengthening their Schools  Episode 148 (February 10, 2014) Building Parent Voice for Action  Episode 146 (October 14, 2014) PTA Comunitarios are Born in their Communities  Episode 144 (August 25, 2014) How to...

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Videos about Comunitario PTA

Videos about Comunitario PTA   W.K. Kellogg Foundation 2013 Convening W.K Kellogg Foundation convened national leaders to highlight innovative approaches to family engagement in education. They visited IDRA to see how family engagement set up as a shared responsibility among...

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How Comunitario PTAs are Different than Traditional Parent Involvement

How Comunitario PTAs are Different than Traditional Parent Involvement   The Comunitario PTA process is an innovation for parent organizations and also for school-family-community collaborations. The organization follows the essential elements of establishing a formal PTA, and members elect officers who...

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