About Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) is an initiative of the Prichard Committee  created to provide multiple training opportunities for parents and community members to develop the capacity to support and  advocate for successful public schools for all students. This training 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.  Click here to apply and click here to read more about the  institutes and workshop offerings available.


Our signature training, the GCIPL institute, was developed by the Prichard Committee in 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 an army of more than 2,340 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.

And our work is not limited to Kentucky. GCIPL has provided training to parents and community members in at least 10 other states and Washington, D.C. to help improve their schools too.

This work is made possible through generous corporate, foundation, and university grants.

Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL)

On November 19, 2012, Governor Steve Beshear announced the formation of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership to to engage and educate parents and community members to be strong and effective leaders in Kentucky schools.

“We know how important it is to invest in education for the future of Kentucky, and we can’t overlook parents as a critical resource,” Gov. Beshear said. “Engaging families in improving schools has benefits that extend far beyond the students whose parents participate in the training. We have parents in our communities who want to help our schools and our students achieve excellence. The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership will help them do that.” Click here to check out the slide show from the announcement and read the official press release from Gov. Steve Beshear announcing GCIPL. Click here to read about the partnership between GCIPL, Morehead State University, and University of Pikeville to bring GCIPL to Eastern KY. Click here to read the press release about the proposed partnership between GCIPL and KY Protection & Advocacy. To schedule a workshop in your area or for more information about what we do, contact Cindy Baumert at cbaumert@prichardcommittee.org or 859-233-9849 ext. 227. To find out dates for our signature institute, click here.

Mission and Purpose

The purpose of GCIPL is to:

  • Educate parents about how to assess the progress of their children’s schools;
  • Inform parents how to become involved as partners in improving those schools;
  • Motivate parents to help other parents become involved; and
  • Support parents after they become involved.

Below is a video that explains the foundation of GCIPL based on the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and the Center for Parent Leadership in greater detail. The clip includes testimonials from parents, educators, and administrators. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCRqV3oLS5c

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