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Building Community by Supporting Children and Families

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.

Rock Quarry Elementary School and Rock Quarry Middle School play puzzle.
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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 didn’t know much about finding sponsors and potential partners for our school, so it is extremely helpful to get this information.  I now can help other parents and PTO members in looking for sponsors for various events throughout the school year.  Monetary needs should not limit programs that are beneficial to our students.

–Elementary PLA Participant

Working together with parents is such an important part of a child’s education. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of PTLA! It has helped in building those relationships.

-Elementary TLA Participant

I feel motivated to know that I have an important part in the development of my daughter and he school. I am curious to see how far I can go.

–Hispanic PLA Participant

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

- PLA Participant

This session was the best!  I have an example of a grant proposal, and I learned how to take our school project full force!

–Elementary PLA Participant

This session has given me great insight of how to get more parental involvement as well as community involvement through a variety of wonderful project ideas. It also helped me realize the importance  of teacher-parent-community roles.  

–TLA Participant

I know more questions to ask my daughter's teacher. I understand that I must communicate.

-Pre-K 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

Learning about grant writing was beneficial to me.  I have never written a grant before, so I needed this information!

-Elementary TLA Participant

 I appreciate the time and effort that goes into helping me personally develop to become a better leader and instill change in my school/community.

–Middle School PLA Participant

Today’s session contributed to my leadership development as a teacher leader in school by reenergizing my focus and understanding of what it means to be a leader’ it’s not an individual effort meant for a few but a job required for everyone. The only way to succeed is by working together.

–Elementary 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

Connect With Us

3 weeks ago
Photos from UA Parent Teacher Leadership Academy's post

Congratulations to Hillcrest Middle School on their PTLA project, PATS 101! The first phase of this transition project for 5th/6th grade students has begun; we were excited to fund the next portion ... See more

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Thank you, Mrs. Crawford, for arranging our surprise this morning at Holt Elementary and helping us to hide out in your office!😂. You had a great idea!

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Congratulations to Holt Elementary on your PTLA project, “Parent Learning Communities!” We were excited to present your team with a PTLA Partnership Grant today to continue the work on your ... See more

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Congratulations to Matthews Elementary on your PTLA Grant! Your spring “Art Showcase” PTLA project this year was excellent, and we are thrilled to see what you will create in the fall.

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The surprise this morning at Rock Quarry Elementary—so much fun! It was great to hear the excitement of the students!

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Congratulations to Westlawn Middle School’s PTLA team who received our fourth grant award today! Their project, “The Wonder of Reading,” will benefit students, parents, and community members ... See more

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Mystery Reader

Check out the continued work of Creek View Elementary in Alabaster City as they post a Mystery Reader each month! Three books already posted for you to enjoy!
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Congratulations to Brookwood Middle School’s PTLA Team! We can’t wait to see the results of your project, “Panther Palooza!” We are so pleased that these funds will assist with your ... See more

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We love this reaction at Thompson Intermediate School! The students were so excited for their teachers, Ms. Holly Jackson and Ms. Katie Vanover, to accept the PTLA Grant!

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Congratulations to Thompson Intermediate School! We are so excited about the transition project that you have designed for your school. Way to go, PTLA team!

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