Parent Liaison Initiative

What is the Parent Liaison Initiative?

The Parent Liaison Initiative (PLI) is designed to provide new ways for parents to become more actively engaged in their children’s education. In order for parents to exercise parental school choice effectively and become stronger advocates for their children, they must understand how the school system functions and how they can work for change. Parents wield great influence―far more, even, than many realize. In fact, research shows that parents are more influential in the education of their children than even the schools themselves!

PLI sessions, which are free of charge, empower parents by providing vital information and tools. Sessions cover a range of topics, addressing ways in which parents can take the lead in their children’s education and enable their children to reach their full potential. More than 2,000 parents have been trained since the PLI launched in March 2011!


Trained parent liaisons share information with other parents about ongoing school choice efforts and are kept informed about upcoming PEFNC events. PLI Coordinator Kwan Graham, an experienced education representative appointed by the governor to the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council, will work with you to design a session on the topics of greatest interest to you. Please use the form below to contact Kwan (or call 919-760-7167) about scheduling your own PLI session!

Here are some of the topics covered by PLI sessions (click on the topic for more information):

Benefits of parental involvement

Communicating effectively with teachers and school administrators

Preparing your child for middle and high school

Preparing your child for college and career

Understanding parental school choice

Parents listen to PLI Coordinator Kwan Graham discuss ways to prepare their children for college. A PLI session provides parents with the steps to speak effectively with their child’s teacher.



Use the form below to schedule a PLI session or ask a question:

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