Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

Promotora Model for Family Leadership in Education – Podcast Episode 118 | Classnotes Podcast 118

Hector BojorquezClassnotes Podcast (February 15, 2013) The promotora model of community outreach evolved in neighborhoods in Mexico and Latin American countries to provide medical treatment often in marginalized communities. Community-based organizations in South Texas adopted the model naturally as women volunteer leaders from the community serve and inspire other women and families to leadership. In this Classnotes podcast episode, Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate; Frances Guzmán, M.Ed., IDRA education associate; and Hector Bojorquez, IDRA education associate, discuss how schools can use this model for outreach to families. They share examples from PTA Comunitarios in South Texas who have used the promotora model to build family leadership in education to great effect.

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Show Notes

  • Frances talks about the traditional paradigm of parent involvement in schools, in which parents were viewed as “assistants” rather active or equal partners in their children’s education.

  • Hector describes the new model of family leadership, in which parents are considered actual collaborators, fully capable of making sense of complex information in order to have a greater voice in the educational process.

  • Frances names some of the Title I requirements for family engagement and discusses how they’ve been effective.

  • Aurelio notes that the No Child Left Behind Act also includes regulations that have moved families out of “volunteerism” mode and into more active and participatory leadership roles.

  • Hector and France explain how parents have embraced -- rather than been overwhelmed by -- the concrete data presented to them in the IDRA OurSchool portal, and then turned that data into “actionable knowledge” by helping their children.

  • Frances explains the key elements of the promotora model.

  • Hector shares a recent success story from a PTA Comunitario group, when parents quickly rallied more than 80 students to attend an important meeting about the changes to school funding in Texas.

  • Frances stresses the importance of creating a relationship-building setting, where parents depend on each other.