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Parent Teacher Leadership Academy utilizes research-based practices to provide professional development to parent and teacher leaders who use their knowledge to support students’ achievement through strong family-school partnerships.

What is the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy?

The Parent Teacher Leadership Academy (PTLA) is a leadership program that provides selected parents and teachers with opportunities to develop their knowledge and abilities as leaders within their school communities. Both parents and teachers are selected for participation by their school’s principal.

The Parent Leadership Academy includes:
Elementary Parent Leadership Academy (EPLA)
Hispanic Parent Leadership Academy (HPLA)
Pre-K Parent Leadership Academy (PKPLA)
 Middle School Parent Leadership Academy

Parent Participation

Parents participating in the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy will:

• Learn about key factors in supporting student academic achievement.

• Develop skills and techniques to use when working with parents, teachers, principals and other school personnel.

• Explore innovative ways of building and sustaining strong family/school partnerships.

Teacher Participation

Teachers participating in the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy will:

• Apply tools to assess their schools’ current types and levels of parent/family engagement.

• Design a school-wide research-based strategy for engaging parents/families as partners in school which is directly linked to student achievement.

• Develop as a cadre of teacher leaders to increase parent/family and school engagement.

Parent Leadership Academy Sessions

The parents in the Parent  Teacher Leadership Academy meet six times during the school year. Click here for more information about the 2017–2018 parent sessions.

Teacher Leadership Academy Sessions

The teachers in the Parent Teacher Leadership Academy meet five times during the school year. Click here for more information about the 2017–2018 teacher sessions.

Testimonials

I have learned more about how teachers and parents can work together to meet every child's needs. 

- PLA Participant

The reading was very insightful, and it opened my eyes to the partnerships between schools and families. I've learned many strategies that I will definitely implement in my classroom and school.

- TLA Participant

I gained understanding of issues at my child's school and the community at large. We had opportunities to vocalize and share concerns and develop new perspectives on issues.

- PLA Participant

The session taught me the importance of not only being a leader, but empowering others along the way.

- TLA Participant

The Parent Teacher Leadership Academy (PTLA) is a joint initiative of the Tuscaloosa
City and County School Systems, the University of Alabama’s Center for Community-Based Partnerships, and the faculty in the University of Alabama’s
College of Education and College of
Human Environmental Sciences.

Address
Capital Hall, 270 Kilgore Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone
(205) 348-5743

Email
ptla@ua.edu

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1 month ago
2018 PTLA Graduation Ceremony

After fulfilling participation requirements, you will be formally recognized at the PTLA graduation ceremony by the UA Vice President for Community Affairs as well as your superintendent.

2017-2018 ... See more

After fulfilling participation requirements, you will be formally recognized at the PTLA graduation ceremony by the UA Vice President for Community Affairs as well as your superintendent.

2017-2018 ... See more

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Buhl Elementary School

We love when the administrators are involved in the projects! #buildingcommunity

This week's question is, Why can't parents/grandparents observe their children in the classroom? We have our marvelous principal, Mrs Vanessa Clay to answer our question. Please continue to send ... See more

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Ceremony Honors Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Graduates – CCBP | The University of Alabama

Congratulations to our largest graduating class to date! We are so excited to see how you will continue to promote partnerships in your schools! ... See more

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2017 PTLA Year in Review

Hear from some of our school teams about their experience in PTLA: #buildingcommunity https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PEmMOQJnXNk

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