Parents who are interesed in taking a more active role in their schools or their community have a number of opportunities avilable to them. Some of these opportunities include local school PTAs or PTOs, school governance councils, school family community partnership action teams, and Title I school committees.
Please contact your school or Parent Liaison for more information.
Parents may wish to volunteer as a parent representative on the School Family Community Partnership Action Team. Please click here or contact Nancy Vaughan at 203 573-6633 for more information.
Parents of Title I eligible students may also serve on the Title I District Parent Advisory Council. Please click here or contact Gladys Johnson Wright at 203 573-6693 for more information.
Non-School District Programs:
Parents who are interested in learning how to be more effective in their community or school support may wish to consider receiving free training through PLTI or ParentsSEE. Both are independent programs sponsored through grants from the Connecticut Commission on Children Civic Leadership Initative. ParentsSEE is also funded through A Center for School Change. Other local sponsors include the Waterbury Hospital, The Parent Trust Fund, the United Way of Greater Waterbury, and the Greater Waterbury PLTI alumni organization and design team. PLTI is also sponsored by the George and Graci Long Foundation. PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute) seeks to enable parents to become leading advocates for their children. The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life. The program consists of a reteat and a 20 week course. ParentsSEE (Parents Supporting Educational Excellence) provides motivated parents, grandparents and guardians with practical strategies for actively engaging with other parents, with educators, and with community leaders to address with confidence public policies and civic engagement to improve schools for all children. The program consists of a retreat and a 12 week course. Both programs provide dinner and child care if needed. Please click on links for a copy of the brochure or contact Coordinator Trish Spofford at Waterbury Hospital, 203 573-6240 for more information.