Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kellogg awards grant to expand PLTI nationally

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $500,000, two-year grant to the Commission on Children for a national expansion of its ground-breaking Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). The funding will also allow expansion of the program to a two-generation strategy, so that it includes the children of participating parents. Read more about it in this news release.

WTIC-AM morning host Ray Dunaway interviewed Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman about the grant. You can listen to it here.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 PLTI sites and contact information

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) sites for 2014 are Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, Meriden, Middlesex County, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Waterbury, West Central Connecticut, and West Hartford. You'll find contact information for each here. Learn more about PLTI here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pictures from an exhibition

Thanks to Doug Edwards for taking these great photos of the reception held at the state Capitol in Hartford on Thursday night in honor of "Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light," an exhibit of children's artwork from around the world. Danbury PLTI grad Miguel Barreto engineered the exhibit in his capacity as director of operations for Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk. The exhibit can be seen throughout December in the concourse that connects the Capitol to the Legislative Office Building. For more details, see the previous post.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

PLTI grad brings international art exhibit to the Capitol

Danbury PLTI graduate Miguel Barreto is brightening the state Capitol with "Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light," an exhibit of children's artwork from around the world. As director of operations for Creative Commons, a Norwalk-based nonprofit organization, Miguel gathered examples of the artwork created under Creative Connections’ ArtLink program, a six-month program in which American and foreign students make art that express a common theme but still reflects their own cultures. This year, students were asked to highlight otherwise-hidden aspects of their cultures by placing a source of light on them.

The exhibit, consisting of work from 17 countries, lines the concourse connecting the state Capitol with the Legislative Office Building. It will remain there through December and can be viewed on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free parking in a garage attached to the LOB, at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. (Directions)

Creative Connections created the exhibit in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Connecticut Commission on Children, which operates PLTI. 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

PLTI grad brings international art to Hartford

If you're in Hartford in December, stop by the Legislative Office Building and check out the international artwork that will be on display thanks to Miguel Barreto, a 2012 Danbury PLTI graduate from Bethel.

Miguel is director of operations for Creative Connections, a nonprofit cultural exchange organization that currently connects about 100 classrooms with partners in more than 29 countries. Some of the artwork produced in these classrooms will go on display at the LOB,where it will be seen by legislators, their staff, and the public. Congratulations, Miguel!

Directions to the LOB

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Helping her fellow Danbury parents

When Danbury High School held a workshop to help parents of English language learners get acquainted with school rules, the grading system, and everything else they needed to know to help their children succeed, Danbury PLTI alum Maryangela Amendola was there to help.

As the Danbury News Times described it:
High school parent Maryangela Amendola spoke Spanish and English as she told parents about the School Governance Council, a group of parents, community members and educators who advise the principal on improving the school. She explained that the state required the council be established because the high school's test scores were not adequate.
 Way to go, Maryangela.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kathy Thompson shares her story

Kathy Thompson, a graduate of the Waterbury Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE), recently wrote an article for the National Center for Learning Disabilities website on her struggle to get her son Jeffrey's reading disability diagnosed and treated. The headline of her article says it all: "Parent Determination Leads to Son's Success with Assistive Technology." Here, she's pictured with Gov. Dannel Malloy, who met with Jeffrey last year and gave encouragement and inspiration by describing his own battles with dyslexia. Kathy has also served on the state Special Education Advisory Council and the African-American Affairs Commission.

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