GCIPL Application


APPLY ONLINE NOW! Click on the application link on the left for your region.

See below for more details and deadlines for applications.


Participation in the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) is open to all parents, grandparents, caregivers, mentors and other adults who work with students in Kentucky public schools and want learn how to work in partnership with other parents, teachers, administrators, and community members to improve student outcomes in our public schools.

Participants will commit to:

  • Attend all days of training, see below for specific locations and dates.
  • Lead a project in a school or community that has a focus on student achievement, involves other families, and has a lasting impact.
  • Maintain an ongoing connection with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and other GCIPL Fellows.

In return, participants will receive the following:

  • Skills to enhance their ability to lead and communicate with a diverse group of people
  • Information about Kentucky’s education and accountability system and resources available to help students
  • An understanding of Kentucky’s academic standards – what students should know and be able to do in each grade level
  • School and district assessment data, including achievement gap data, and information on how to use it to participate in school improvement efforts
  • Knowledge of how to effectively partner with their school administrators, teachers, and other parents to improve student achievement
  • A connection to an existing network of over 2,300 parents and community leaders committed to public education
  • Guidance as they plan and implement their project
  • Meals and materials at no cost to attend the institute. In some cases, overnight accommodations are provided at no cost if funding is provided.


In 2016, we have funding to conduct three institutes in the following geographic regions — Northern Kentucky, Louisville, and Corbin. The Corbin institute is in partnership with Partners for Education at Berea College. See below for application and reference form deadlines for each location. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 2016. If you would like to be notified of future institutes and workshops scheduled in your area, please submit your information here.

  • Louisville Institute, Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport and Southwest Regional Library. Application deadline is July 22, 2016.
    • FINAL and UPDATED Dates are August 19-20, October 8 and December 10. Participants are required to attend all days of training. Institute hours are approximately 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. on each day.
    • Applications will be accepted from parents, caregivers, mentors and other caring adults who work with students in ALL Jefferson County Public Schools, with preference given to those supporting students in a Priority school  or their feeder middle and elementary schools. Priority high schools: Academy @ Shawnee, Doss, Fairdale, Iroquois, Seneca, Southern, Valley, Western; middle schools: Knight, Moore, Olmsted North, Stuart, Thomas Jefferson, Valley Prep, Western, Westport; and elementary schools: Byck and Roosevelt-Perry.
    • For more information, click here to download an informational flier, or contact: Alana Morton, amorton@prichardcommittee.org, (859) 233-9849
  • Northern KY Institute, location is Citi Call Center in Florence, Gateway Community and Technical College, and Receptions in Erlanger. Application deadline is July 22, 2016.
    • Dates are August 26-27, September 30-October 1, and October 29, 2016. Institute hours are 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. on each day.
    • Applications will be accepted from the following school counties: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton County
    • For more information, click here to download an informational flier, or contact: Helen Carroll, carroll.proplan@outlook.com, (859)982-4943.
  • Partners for Education at Berea College Institute, location is Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Corbin, KY. Application deadline is April 15, 2016.
    • Dates are September 9 – 10, October 21 – 22, and November 18-19. Participants must attend all days of training and overnight stay each weekend is provided at no cost. Institute starts at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, except for the last weekend which begins on Friday, Nov. 18th at 6:00 p.m. and ends Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 p.m.
    • Applications will be accepted from parents, guardians or mentors of students in the following schools and districts: Cumberland County Middle School, Clay County Schools, Jackson County Schools, Knox Central High School, South and North Laurel High Schools, Lynn Camp Schools, Middlesboro Middle School, Madison Central, Owsley County Schools, Perry County Schools
    • For more information, click here to download an informational flier, or contact: Alana Morton, amorton@prichardcommittee.org, (859)233-9849
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