Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Latino Parent Engagement in High School Math – Podcast Episode 31 | Podcast Episode 31

Classnotes Podcast (April 3, 2008) A group of parents were deeply concerned about the math curriculum and instruction at their children’s Texas high school, which was not meeting AYP. They decided to survey parents and students to see what could be done to turn things around. What resulted was parents, students and educators at this large, predominantly Hispanic and low-income school having fruitful conversations to improve math education there. Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, tells the story of how this group of parents is affecting student success. Aurelio is interviewed by Christie Goodman, APR, IDRA’s communications manager an IDRA education associate.

Send comments to


Texas IDRA Parent Information and Resource Center

This We Know – All of Our Children are Learning
By Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA Newsletter

Sample survey for students about mathematics learning

Sample survey for parents about their children’s mathematics learning

Tour IDRA’s School Holding Power Portal
Designed to help community and school partners examine their school data and plan joint action to improve school holding power. Organized around IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework.

Getting 30 Warm Bodies to the Meeting? Parent Engagement is More than This!
By Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA Newsletter

“Can Everyone Master Mathematics?” 

By Jack Dieckmann, M.A., and Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA Newsletter

Your feedback
We welcome your comments and questions to the podcast. Please send an e-mail to

Listen to every episode!
To ensure you don’t miss a single episode of IDRA Classnotes, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, (download iTunes free if you don’t have it) or sign up to receive an e-mail alert as soon as a new show is published.


Show Notes

  • Host Christie Goodman, APR, IDRA's communications manager, interviews Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., about parent engagement at a Texas high school.

  • Aurelio profiles the high school, located in far West Texas.

  • Aurelio describes how parents created a questionnaire that probed parents’ and students’ perceptions of the school's classroom instruction in math.

  • Aurelio talks about the parents’ reactions to the survey results.

  • Aurelio explains how this example of parent engagement represents a shift in the traditional support role parents play at most schools.

  • Aurelio discusses the new, dynamic discussions about math that the school and community at large are having as a result of the parents’ efforts.