Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Engaging Parents in Education – Podcast Episode 21 | Podcast Episode 21

Classnotes Podcast (September 28, 2007) The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new publication called “Engaging Parents in Education” that profiles five Parent Information and Resource Centers, including the IDRA Texas PIRC. The guide shows how PIRCs are helping to increase parent involvement in education through strong parent-educator partnerships to improve schools and raise students’ academic achievement. Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, describes how this new guide can provide ideas and specific strategies for engaging parents in schools. Aurelio is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity. Send comments to or fill out form online at

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Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource Centers
U.S. Department of Education

Texas IDRA Parent Information and Resource Center
A comprehensive, multicultural and multilingual parent leadership support program for strengthening partnerships between parents and schools for student success, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

IDRA Parent Leadership Model

IDRA Fulfilling the Promise of Brown and Mendez Web Site

InterAction: Higher Education and Latinos in the New Millennium
Includes 31 policy solutions by K-12 educators, and college and university leaders, community and business advocates, and policymakers.

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Show Notes

  • 01:40 Bradley introduces show guest Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, who will be discussing the topic of engaging parents in education.

  • 03:29 Aurelio provides an overview of parent information and resource centers, or PIRCs, including IDRA's Texas PIRC.

  • 05:00 Aurelio talks about IDRA's inclusion in the U.S. Department of Education's new publication, Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information And Resource Centers. IDRA's Texas PIRC was one of only five referenced in the publication.

  • 05:48 Aurelio defines the key roles of PIRCs:
    1. Provide leadership, technical assistance, and support in the implementation of successful and effective parent involvement, practices, programs and activities, as part of the ultimate goal of improving student academic achievement.
    2. Strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of the children.
    3. Strengthen relationships between parents and their children's school.
    4. Provide a comprehensive approach to improve student learning, through coordination, collaboration, and integration of federal, state and local services and programs.

  • 08:03 Bradley asks Aurelio to describe some of IDRA's unique work with parents that led to its inclusion in the U.S. Department of Education's publication.

  • 08:23 Aurelio first references IDRA's Parent Leadership Model (discussed in further detail in Episode 3 of IDRA Classnotes).

  • 11:25 Aurelio then describes IDRA's role as a convener of different stakeholders in the community and bringing people together. He and Bradley summarize the three main convenings IDRA has organized in Texas during the last several years: the first, a discussion on InterAction and the pipeline of education; the second, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education and talks on how public schools have been extending the Brown decision to minority groups beyond African Americans, such as Latinos; and the third, Graduation Guaranteed, a discussion among students, parents, and school board members on how schools can increase their holding power (refer also to Episode 5 of IDRA Classnotes).

  • 17:19 Aurelio talks about how teachers and administrators can make the best use of the Engaging Parents in Education publication.

  • 18:55 Aurelio describes one of IDRA's biggest challenges in its continuing work to strengthen parent engagement: the direct communication and outreach to parents and families.

  • 19:55 Bradley encourages listeners to access the Engaging Parents in Education publication at the U.S. Department of Education web site.