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Parent Leadership Partners Program

CFEC aims to strengthen the abilities of families to take greater leadership roles in their children's education and build relationships with other parents through its Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program. Parents are positioned to learn new strategies, build leadership skills, and be equipped to more effectively advocate for their children, families, and communities. We have developed a Train the Trainer program so that South Carolina administrators, community members, parents, and/or teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a PLP program can do so!

Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program Train the Trainer

**Training dates: Monday, July 11 & Tuesday, July 12 (Register Here)

DCFEC PLP Graduatesid you see our amazing 2021 PLP Graduates?

Check out photos and video from their wonderful graduation ceremony here.

 

History of the PLP

CFEC alongside Dr. Yasha Becton lead the development of the South Carolina Parent Leadership Partners (PLP) program and she served as editor of the South Carolina Parent Leadership Partners training manual. Dr. Becton’s areas of concentration include multicultural education and student achievement, particularly as it relates to classroom instruction, curriculum design, professional development, and parental involvement. Due to her expertise Dr. Becton created each PLP module and served as the facilitator of monthly PLP sessions.

Alongside Dr. Becton, serving as co-facilitator of the PLP sessions in the inaugural cohort (2020-2021), was Ms. Claressa Hinton, Lowcountry regional liaison. As a liaison, and a parent, Ms. Hinton knows the school and community landscape of the Charleston region and was able to use that knowledge to provide specific insight for parents raising children served by the Charleston County School District. Ms. Hinton assisted PLP parents in the development of their final projects and continues to mentor parents in their current advocacy efforts. For the 2021-2022 school year, the PLP cohort will serve parents in the Midlands and Upstate and will be co-facilitated by Ms. Ranina Outing, Pee Dee regional liaison.

The PLP program was created for parents who want to strengthen their ability to take greater leadership roles in their children’s education. By gaining an understanding of our current education system, as well as the historical context leading up to the present day, parents will come away from PLP better equipped to influence and actively participate in decisions that impact their children’s education and the quality of their school or district as a whole. It is our hope that parents will build relationships with other parents through this PLP program, thus creating a vibrant and supportive network that works collectively to advocate for sustainable changes in school-family relations.