Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

PLTI Be the Change

PLTI Be the Change

PLTI Be the Change

What is PLTI?

PLTI is a FREE 20-session experience that builds personal leadership, knowledge of civic engagement, and trains parents on understanding elements of local and state government. Over the course of 20 sessions, parents learn how to be leading advocates for families through an evidence-based curriculum.

PLTI has these goals:

  • Help parents become the leaders they  would like to be for children and families;

  • Expand the capacity of parents as change agents for children and families;

  • Develop communities of parents within regions of the state that will support one another in skills development and successful parent action for children;

  • Facilitate systems change for parental involvement with increased utilization of parents in policy and process decisions; and

  • Increase parent-child interactions and improve child outcomes through parent involvement.

Meet Middletown's PLTI Site Coordinator

K. Bernard PLTI

Ms. Karen Bernard


The PLTI is led by credentialed facilitators who are certified by the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) after completing intensive training. Facilitators are required to:

  • understand civics and the democratic process;

  • have knowledge about state and community policy issues;

  • embrace diversity;

  • understand the need for parent engagement in the community;

  • see parents/guardians/community members as community assets;

  • be inspiring!

They are accompanied by guest presenters such as business leaders, elected officials, service/health providers, school district officials and guided by a Civic Design Team formed by school and community leaders.

The PLTI Course

Parents are offered leadership training that includes:

  • Retreat to develop group communication;

  • 10 sessions of classes on self and perception of leadership;

  • 10 sessions on practicing democracy skills; and

  • A community project based upon the student’s personal passions.

The course ends with a local graduation and a statewide graduation where participants receive citations from the Secretary of the State.

The 20-session course also includes instruction on:

  • Understanding personal history and its impact on perceptions of leadership

  • Thriving and working with diversity

  • Assessing and defining problems – thinking critically

  • Using the media

  • Public speaking

  • Using benchmarks and outcome measures

  • Forming useful coalitions and building community

  • Working with and how to engage the opposition

  • Understanding policy and municipal budgets

  • Becoming familiar with city, state and federal law.

Frequently Asked Questions about PLTI

Middletown PLTI Session Schedule

Classes will meet virtually on Monday and Friday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The first session will be held the 3rd week in March 2023. 

PLTI Be the Change