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New Year Brings Changes For Stamford's Parent Leadership Training Institute

Parent leader Regan Allan is the new PLTI coordinator in Stamford.
Parent leader Regan Allan is the new PLTI coordinator in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Parent Leadership Training Institute in Stamford is making some changes for the new year as it continues its mission to teach parents how to advocate for their children and help all children in the community.

The Stamford Public Education Foundation announced it is now the fiduciary and sponsor of the Parent Leadership Training Institute,which is launching its 2017 program on Jan. 21. In addition, PLTI graduate and community leader Regan Allan has been named the new PLTI Coordinator.

“For 20 years PLTI has been delivering a meaningful service to the parents and families in Stamford’s public school district. We are pleased to integrate PLTI into the SPEF spectrum of services that are provided to the students, families and teachers in Stamford’s public schools,” said SPEF CEO Matthew Quinones.

The Connecticut Commission on Children created PLTI as a statewide family civics initiative to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of Connecticut’s children by helping parents and others who care about children develop the leadership skills to make real change – in schools, communities and state and local government.

PLTI graduates have gone on to serve in public offices, such as Stamford boards of education and representatives. They establish programs, non-profit organizations, scholarships and lead community initiatives (including the Community Conversation About Education) and work in many ways to improve the lives of Stamford children, families and residents.

Stamford’s PLTI will hold its 18th class in English starting Jan. 21, with an all-day retreat. Weekly classes will be held on 19 Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stamford Government Center.

Education Units (CEU’s) are available to teachers and administrators who complete the training.

Dinner, homework help and the Children’s Leadership Training Institute for children of participants age 5 or older, is included in the program.

Trained facilitators work with participants to identify a need in the community and develop an action plan and project to address that need.

There is no cost to participants for the training. Candidates are selected by written application and interview. Applications are available at the PLTI office, Health Department, 8th floor, Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., or by contacting Regan Allan at 203-977-5829 or 203-965-7733 or by email at rallan@spefct.org.

PLTI’s new Program Coordinator Regan Allan is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She has worked as an educator and volunteered as co-president of the Parent Teacher Council of Stamford. She has also held leadership roles with the Stamford Youth Foundation, International MOMS Club, and Stone Soup Resource Expo.

The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s mission is to support the students and teachers in Stamford’s Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. At the elementary level, the foundation supports literacy and community leadership initiatives and at the middle and high school levels its focus is on college and career readiness.

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