Spring Brings Another Successful Parent Leadership Institute

Another semester, another successful Parent Leadership Institute (PLI)! The Attendance for the PLI was nearly 400 people with over 270 parents representing 56 schools on March 16, 2013 and we expect our numbers to continue to increase! Services offered to participants included; interpretation from 6 different languages, 9 school buses provided transportation from all over the district, and childcare to ensure the PLI was accessible to the broadest audience possible.

The day started with breakfast with a welcome from Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent, Tom Boasberg, and Chief of the Office of Community Engagement, Verónica Figoli, and a dance performance by our very own AmeriCorps Member, Alvaro Cueto, and a College View Elementary student, Alejandro.

Our participants were pleased to get valuable information from a Resource Fair with tables representing 28 community partners, attend 2 workshops from a list of 21 offered, as well as have the opportunity to hear an exhilarating keynote speech from Cleo Parker Robinson, executive artistic director and choreographer of the Denver-based artistic institute Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

The DPS AmeriCorps Members played a crucial role in organizing, coordinating, and executing the event in conjunction with the Department of Parent and Community Outreach. A large event like the PLI is not only a lot of work( and you know AmeriCorps, we get things done) but also provides a unique opportunity to network with families and community partners from the entire district to broaden the scope of the work we do in our school sites.

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– Kirby Peterson, Lily Gutierrez, Alvaro Cueto

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