Governor Steve Beshear announced an important initiative to engage and educate parents to be strong and effective leaders in Kentucky schools.  (click here to read the full press release)

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) will be an independent nonprofit organization, building on the 16-year record of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, developed by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The Institute’s mission is preparing parents to take leadership roles in parent-teacher organizations, school councils and committees, local school boards and in other roles that can positively influence student achievement.

Also today, University of Pikeville President Paul Patton and Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews announced a collaboration that will conduct the first Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership session, to be held in eastern Kentucky next fall.

“Morehead State University is exceedingly pleased to partner with the University of Pikeville in support of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership,” President Andrews said. “We understand the significance of parents being involved in their children’s education.  This unique initiative engages parents at the grassroots level in improving academic achievement for all students in East Kentucky schools and will prepare parents to become strong partners with their school districts in the education of our young people.”

The new program’s goal is to fund and schedule at least two more institutes in 2013, and eventually offer five to six per year throughout Kentucky. Each program is three sets of two-day sessions, with follow-up coaching. For more information or to become involved in the Institute for Parent Leadership, visit

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