Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

The Power of IDRA’s Parent Leadership Model – Podcast Episode 3 | Classnotes Podcast 3

Classnotes Podcast (November 10, 2006) Few people question the value of parents being involved in schools. But many school leaders struggle with traditional strategies that have little meaning or success. IDRA’s goal is bigger than parent involvement in education, rather it is parent leadership. This model is a vision of all parents as advocates of excellent neighborhood public schools. Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center, describes the four dimensions of the IDRA’s model for parent engagement and how it can unleash powerful transformations for school success. Aurelio is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity. Show length: 39:49.

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Show length: 39:49


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

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Show Notes

  • Dr. Bradley Scott, host, opens the show.

  • 02:43 Aurelio introduces the topic of this episode and guest Aurelio Montemayor, a key developer of IDRA's Parent Leadership Model. He talks about the history and evolution of parent involvement, participation, and engagement in the schools. And he explains IDRA's model of "valued parent leadership" was established.

  • 10:51 Bradley asks whether the model responds to the "deficit views" of parental involvement and engagement and if it allows parents that are typically underserved to be significantly engaged in their children's education.

  • 13:02 Aurelio: "Every parent is an expert in his or her child." He provides overview of IDRA's Parent Leadership Model:
    14:10 * The model is inclusive.
    14:16 * The model is based on peer support and rotating responsibilities.
    14:24 * The model is based on ongoing support for new parent leadership.
    15:02 * The model validates each parent's strengths.
    15:31 * The model is focused on collective action.
    16:21 * Building relationships of trust and compassion are essential.

  • 16:57 Aurelio notes that research on parent involvement has "hit a new high" in the past 15 to 20 years. Dr. Joyce L. Epstein and Anne Henderson are among the leading researchers. While Dr. Epstein's six levels of parent involvement are based on the point of view of the institution, IDRA's Four Dimensions of Parent Leadership start from the perspective of the family and parents.

  • 19:06 Aurelio describes each of the four dimensions:
    19:09 * Parents as Teachers
    20:35 * Parents as Resources
    24:50 * Parents as Decision Makers
    30:00 * Parents as Leaders and Trainers

  • 37:03 Aurelio notes that IDRA's model is not an individualistic one; rather, it works to help parents as a group support each other and the school.

  • 38:22 Bradley closes show.