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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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Buhl Elementary School

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Speakers Stress the Importance of Leadership of Elementary and Middle School Parents at Parent Leadership Academy Sessions – CCBP | The University of Alabama

It was an exciting October Parent Leadership Session! http://ccbp.ua.edu/speakers-stress-the-importance-of-leadership-of-elementary-and-middle-school-parents-at-parent-leadership-academy-sessions/

Speakers Stress the Importance of Leadership of Elementary and Middle School Parents at Parent Leadership Academy Sessions November 10th, 2017 in Parent Teacher Leadership Academy By Yiben LiuCCBP ... See more

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It’s almost time for our PTLA Reunion! So excited to see our 2016-2017 returning graduates!

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Family, School, and Community = My Education!

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Great article by Devorah Heitner, PhD, "Homework Solutions in the Age of Distraction." I highly recommend her book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World.
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Homework can be a challenge – for students and parents. Here are some simple homework solutions to fight digital distraction and create good study habits.

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Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Groups Launch Fall Semester Activities – CCBP | The University of Alabama

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Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Groups Launch Fall Semester Activities October 4th, 2017 in CCBP, Parent Teacher Leadership Academy By Yiben LiuCCBP Graduate Assistant The Parent Leadership Academy ... See more

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City to host second annual 'Tech-or-Treat' night at The Gateway

Great event!

The second annual “Tech-or-Treat” Halloween event at the Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center will take place Oct. 24 from 6 p.

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STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Math - For Families - National PTA

2017 National PTA STEM +Families Science Grants: $1000 will be awarded to 30 PTAs in elementary and middle schools across the country! Deadline to apply is October 26. It's a quick and easy ... See more

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Photos from UA Parent Teacher Leadership Academy's post

Thank you to our parents and teachers for your participation during Session I! We look forward to seeing our parents again on October 19 and teachers on October 26.

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