Developing informed and skilled parents as effective advocates

The Prichard Committee supports parents as essential learning partners for their own children and all children across the Commonwealth. We partner with local and regional organizations to inform and engage parents and other caregivers across Kentucky, ultimately building parents’ capacity to champion education excellence for each Kentucky student.

Parent Leadership Basecamp 101

An introductory workshop for parents and community leaders interested in taking active roles in public education in Kentucky – for their own children and all children. This one-day training will introduce participants to focused and effective approaches to engagement in Kentucky’s schools. Basecamp attendees will learn: what parent engagement and leadership means; tools to help make sense of Kentucky’s education system; about education initiatives in their local communities; how to get involved; how to build relationships within their school that will support academic achievement for all students.

 

Check out our UPCOMING EVENTS section on this page to register for a Basecamp 101 in your area.

Basecamp 201 (Northern Kentucky location only in 2017)

The follow-up workshop to the April 29th NKY Parent Leadership Basecamp (101).  Basecamp 201 is the next step for parents and community leaders interested in taking active roles in public education in Kentucky – for their own children and all children. This one-day training will build on what parents learned from their first Basecamp experience, re-engage GCIPL Fellows, or provide a fresh look at opportunities for parent engagement and leadership for those parents already involved in schools. Basecamp 201 will provide the opportunity to develop a parent “community” around needs and aspirations and help give guidance for working together to understand barriers that block aspirations. School and/or community organizations exist to provide opportunities for parents to take action, get involved, make a difference. Basecamp 201 will connect parents with specific organizations or help them identify projects to meet needs in their schools/districts. 

 

Check out our UPCOMING EVENTS section on this page to register for Basecamp 201

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL)

The flagship initiative of the Prichard Committee created to develop the capacity to support successful public schools for all students. The Institute supports the planning and implementation of productive school/family/community partnerships to improve student achievement. Participants of our training learn the value of shared decision-making in the school improvement process. The Prichard Committee developed GCIPL 1997 as a way to support informed, skilled, parents as effective advocates who are passionate about improving Kentucky public schools. Since its inception, GCIPL has trained more than 2,450 Kentucky parents and community members on how to effectively advocate for high-quality schools. More than four dozen GCIPL fellows have served on school boards, over 760 have served on school councils, and hundreds more are involved daily in education advocacy. This work is made possible through generous corporate, foundation, and university grants.