Parent and Community Leadership Institute



About the Program
Presented by The Education Policy and Leadership Center, and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania PTA, the goals of the Institute are to:

  1. Promote public awareness and engagement concerning significant education policy issues.
  2. Build community networks of informed citizens who will support and advocate for effective education policies.
  3. Enhance the knowledge and skills of parent, community and school leaders and expand the pool of potential school board candidates.

The Institute is designed for a broad range of current or emerging community leaders that will include parents of school-age children, business and professional persons, educators, civic leaders, local elected officials, school board members, prospective school board candidates, and others who want to learn more about public education policy issues.

PCLI Format and Curriculum:
A twelve-hour, four-session introduction to Pennsylvania K-12 education policy and advocacy issues for parents, educators, advocates, community leaders and other interested citizens.

  • Session #1 – K-12 Education Governance (Structure, Roles and Process)
  • Session #2 – Standards, Assessments & Accountability (State and Federal Policies)
  • Session #3 – K-12 Education Finance (State & Local Perspectives)
  • Session #4 – Part 1 – Parent, School, & Community Partnerships; Part 2 – Public Policy Advocacy

Those who complete all four Workshops receive a Leadership Program certificate from EPLC and be included in future Leadership Network activities.

For more information about the PCLI program, contact EPLC at (717) 260-9900.


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