The Parent Leadership Training Institute


The Parent Leadership Training Institute

Spring 2017 PLTI at Everett Community College

Twenty-four parents, grandparents and community members are part of second Parent Leadership Training Institute session in the history of the State of Washington.  Classes are held at Everett Community College on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm and started Saturday, March 25th. The cohort will graduate on June 3rd at the WA State Capitol in Olympia.


The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a free, civic engagement course that prepares parents, grandparents, guardians and community members to become leaders and work across socio-economic, racial and political lines on behalf of children and families. PLTI students learn all aspects of civic engagement, democracy, collaboration, public policy, local and state government and the public education system. They develop self-confidence, new skills and the ability to participate in community and civic matters.  A community or school project is required for graduation. 

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Fall 2016/Winter 2017 PLTI Graduation

A group of 22 parent leaders graduated from the first PLTI in the State of Washington on Saturday, February 4th at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.  Over 100 people of all ages attended the graduation ceremony and celebrated with a luncheon at the Columbia room.  Four  parent leaders were chosen to deliver graduating speeches: Tamiko Lewis, Corinne Kunstorf, Azucena Spidell and Nadia Carrera. All graduates developed community projects in the areas of health, special needs, early learning, and K-12 education.

Partners and guest speakers

Thank you to our growing list of guest class speakers/presenters:

- Peter Bloch Garcia,  Latino Community Fund Executive Director

- Dr. Deavid Beyer, President of Everett Community College

- Marko Liias, WA State Senator

- Michelle Richardson, Family Engagement Liaison, Edmonds School District

- Maria Pena, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Everett Community College

- Linda Shaw, Education Lab, Seattle Times Editor

- Richard Emery, Mukilteo Councilman

- State Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self

- John Benner, UW Doctoral Student

Community Support for the Parent Leadership Training Institute   

The PLTI brings together professionals and community members to build a network of support and guidance for parent leaders and community projects they develop.  This group is called the Civic Design Team (CDT) and members are:                   

Claire Fraczek, Manager of Learning Initiatives, UW Bothell

Annie Cole, Director of Human Resources, Snohomish County

Laura Baker, Employment Solutions Manager Everett Community College

Maria Peña, EvCC Chief Equity and Diversity Officer

Adie Simmons, Washington Family Engagement Trust President

Dr. Sally Lancaster, Everett Public Schools Assistant Superintendent

Liza Short-Patchen, Snohomish County Human Services Mental Health Liaison

Lindsey Webb, Community Liaison

Deann Anguiano, Assistant Principal of Marysville Pilchuck High School

Dr, Julieta Crosby, Director of Latino Enrollment, Archdiocese of Seattle

Dr. Tanisha Felder, Director of Equity and Family Engagement, Shoreline Public Schools