Parent Leadership

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Become a Parent Leader!
Are you looking to increase your communication and advocacy skills? Are you looking to create positive changes in systems that impact your children and family? Do you want to become more involved in your community? Become a parent leader!

Who can be a Parent Leader?
If you have children (biological, step, foster, adoptive), are a grandparent raising your grandchildren (biological, step, foster, adoptive), or just have a passion to create a positive change for systems that impact children and communities - you can be a parent leader!

UConn People Empowering People (PEP): Special Needs Focus

The UConn People Empowering People Program is an innovative personal and family development program. The program is designed to build on the unique strengths and life experiences of parents and caregivers, and emphasizes the connection between individual and community action. This program has a strong communication, problem solving, and community focus. This particular PEP training is tailored to meet the needs of parents and care givers who have children with special needs or may have concerns about their child's development.
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Special Education Overview
  • Understanding Ourselves and Others as Parents
  • Understanding Our Children
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Action Planning
  • Becoming an Advocate
  • Our Community and its Leaders, and more

All graduates receive a certificate of achievement through UConn Extension

For more information or to register, please call (860) 440-6651.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence
(Parents SEE)

Parents SEE is a 12-week training in parent leadership in education. It was developed for motivated parents, grandparents and guardians by the CT Center for School Change in collaboration with the Connecticut Commission on Children. Participants of Parents SEE experience a strong community interested in the details, the context, and the strategies to promote school practices that increase achievement for all students. They learn what to expect from schools, how to partner with them, and how to be a successful civic leader on education issues.

Parents SEE includes sessions on:
  • What do effective schools look like?
  • How and why do schools change?
  • How does your school district function?
  • Why do some students succeed in school while others do not?
  • What is a parent's role in children's learning and school improvement?
  • What are key education policies?
  • How do parents lead in schools?
  • And more!

All graduates receive a certificate of achievement from CT Center for School Change!

For more information or to register, please call (860) 440-6651.

PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute)

  • Help parents become the leaders they would like to be for children and families
  • Expand the capacity of parents as change agents for children and families
  • Develop communities of parents within regions of the state that will support one another in skills development and successful parent action for children
  • Facilitate systems change for parental involvement with increased utilization of parents in policy and process decisions
  • Increase parent-child interactions and improve child outcomes through parent involvement
  • Retreat to develop group communication
  • 10 weeks of classes on self and perception of leadership
  • 10 weeks on practicing democracy skills
  • Community project based upon the student's personal passions
  • Local graduation and a statewide graduation where participants receive citations from the Secretary of the State
The 20-week course also includes instruction on:
  • Understanding personal history and its impact on perceptions of leadership
  • Thriving and working with diversity
  • Assessing and defining problems - thinking critically
  • Using the media
  • Public speaking
  • Using benchmarks and outcome measures
  • Forming useful coalitions and building community
  • Working with and how to engage the opposition
  • Understanding policy and municipal budgets
  • Becoming familiar with city, state and federal law

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