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The Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) is a regional network working to unite and strengthen diverse parents and organizations to promote education justice through training, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.
PLAN's core values are racial justice, social justice, a right to quality education for all, and a right to dignity, respect, and a voice for parents and students. We seek to address the root causes of education inequities by working for systemic change through grassroots organizing and building parent leadership and community power.
Developing parents as leaders is at the heart of PLAN's mission and parents are involved in every facet of PLAN's work--from participating in trainings and actions, to speaking at hearings and legislative visits, to governing the organization.
PLAN provides training experiences to promote parents as partners and leaders in schools and communities, directly serving more than 450 low income and immigrant Bay Area parents and parent organizations per year.
PLAN's membership of low and moderate income parents of color and parent-led organizations meets monthly to develop parent-led, regional campaigns on education justice issues and build the power and consciousness of grassroots parent leaders to achieve systemic change in the education system.
PLAN provides opportunities for leaders to exercise their new skills by educating other parents and speaking directly to decision makers about the reality of their lives and changes they would like to see. PLAN parent leaders affect systemic policy change by participating in campaigns and actions, both statewide and at their school sites.
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