Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Community PTAs Growing in South Texas – Podcast Episode 99 | Classnotes Podcast 99

Classnotes Podcast (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 Texas’ 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.

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Show Notes

  • Aurelio recounts where the idea of the PTA Comunitario first came from.

  • Aurelio talks about the ARISE PTA Comunitario’s work and advocacy this year around education tracking.

  • Aurelio and Christie discuss how the program fosters both community and educational leadership, where parents advocate for all children and not just their own.

  • Aurelio recounts a recent town meeting of candidates for the school board, where the PTA Comunitario parents had to educate the candidates on the issues surrounding new student tracking policy.

  • Aurelio talks about the parents' genuine thirst for knowledge.

  • Christie asks Aurelio about next steps for the Comunitarios.