Kentucky businesses, foundations support parent leadership institute

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The strong financial support of Kentucky businesses, foundations and universities enabled 87 parents, caregivers, and mentors of students in Kentucky’s public schools to receive high-quality leadership training in 2013 from the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL), an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Institutes were held in three locations to provide training on the state’s school system, effective interpretation of test scores and other data, and strategies for working with teachers, administrators and other parents to support school improvement efforts to improve student performance.

Each of the institutes — held in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, Louisville, and Florence in Northern Kentucky – took place over three two-day sessions.

The training, which is provided free to selected participants, has been recognized nationally for its positive impact on parents’ efforts to become contributing partners to their local schools’ work to boost student achievement.

“This critically important work would not have been possible without the generous support of businesses, foundations and higher education institutions in Kentucky,” noted Stu Silberman, Executive Director. “Their contributions reflect their understanding of the importance of engaging families and community members in meaningful ways in children’s education.”

Generous support for the 2013 regional institutes was provided by the following entities, with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky providing partial funding for all three institutes across the state:

Northern Kentucky:
• Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
• State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
• The Duke Energy Foundation
• Charles and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation

Louisville:
• James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc.
• The C. E. and S. Foundation
• The Gheens Foundation, Inc.
• The Lyndon and Helen M. Schmid Charitable Foundation Inc.
• The Courier-Journal/Gannett Foundation

Eastern Kentucky:
• Morehead State University, in partnership with the University of Pikeville through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission

In addition, the Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation continued support of the 2012 GCIPL graduates, or fellows, of the institute and six workshops on parent engagement in Henderson County.

“The support of Governor Steve Beshear and our partnerships with teachers, administrators and state education staff also contributed significantly to the success of the 2013 institutes,” said Cindy Baumert, GCIPL Director. “We greatly appreciate their commitment to empowering parents and community members to improve the academic outcomes of students in Kentucky’s public schools.”

Four institutes are planned in 2014. Applications are now being accepted online at www.gcipl.org by clicking on “Apply Now”. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2014. The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership has trained 1,776 fellows across the state since it was created by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in 1997.

For More Information:

Cindy Baumert, Director
Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
859-233-9849 x227
502-741-1297
cbaumert@prichardcommittee.org

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Release Date: February 10, 2014

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