Frances Guzman

Parents as Leaders in Education – Podcast Episode 72 | Classnotes Podcast 72

Classnotes Podcast (May 14, 2010) The fourth dimension of IDRA’s model for parent leadership in education focuses on parents as leaders and trainers of other parents. The innovation is that rather than expecting parents to be passive receivers of information from the school, they demonstrate their own expertise and value, share it with their peers and work together to advocate for all children in the school.

Frances Guzmán, M.Ed., an IDRA education associate, shares examples of this parent leadership in action from IDRA’s recent Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute, where groups of parents from several school districts led sessions for each other on multiple education topics.

Frances is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center.

Show length: 15:55 min.

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IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center

Family Leadership in Education – Putting Principles into Action
By Rogelio López del Bosque, Ed.D., IDRA Newsletter

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IDRA Family Leadership in Education Principles, handout (pdf)

IDRA Parent Leadership Model – Four Dimensions

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Show Notes

  • Frances explains how the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute is unique and the importance of parents presenting to other parents.

  • Frances shares stories from the 2010 Institute, including Hays County's presentation on early childhood education and Harlendale ISD's success in presenting for the first time.

  • Frances discusses the Institute as a "laboratory," showing what school districts can do within their own settings.

  • Frances and Aurelio talk about the fourth dimension of IDRA's Parent Leadership Model: Parents as Leaders and Trainers.

  • Aurelio asks Frances how schools can identify and empower new parent leaders.