January 31, 2017

Northern Kentucky parents complete leadership training program 

Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership is a national model for advocating excellence in education

LEXINGTON, KY – A group of Northern Kentucky parents recently completed the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL), a nationally recognized program to help them become more effective education advocates.

The institute was launched by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in 1997 to equip parents to be successful advocates for schools and students. Institute workshops explain Kentucky’s public education standards and systems, suggest ways parents can form more productive relationships with teachers and school administrators and build community partnerships that improve achievement for all students.

Graduates of the institute become essential partners in positively transforming Kentucky’s schools and communities through such leadership opportunities as service on school boards and committees and as informed public school advocates. To date, more than 2,500 parents have completed GCIPL training.

“We are proud of our most recent class of GCIPL graduates,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee. “These parents exemplify the core mission of the Prichard Committee, a commitment to informed citizen involvement in improving schools and student achievement. Their efforts will join with many others to make Kentucky’s education the best it can be.”

GCIPL has received national recognition for its approach and is supported by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Duke Energy, State Farm Insurance and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Recent Northern Kentucky graduates are:

Anne Chikwenhere (Beechwood)
JoAnn Geiman (Walton-Verona)
Stephanie Greener (Walton-Verona)
Katrina Harris-Greene (Williamstown)
Misty Jones (Bracken County)
Bridget Kremer (Boone County)
Lisa Meiman (Beechwood)
Michelle Proud (Boone County)
Maria Sanders (Beechwood)
Pamela Schultz (Fort Thomas)
Anne Thompson (Beechwood)
Natasha Warner (Boone County)
Becca Williams (Boone County)
Anisa Willis (Beechwood)

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group. Comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky, the Committee has worked to improve education for Kentuckians of all ages since 1983.


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