Parent Points of Interest

Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle
The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle (MP3) is a training for school teams, based on a report by the same name. Originally commissioned by then-Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit, the Commissioner’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) of KY, the report and training were created to advise school districts on ways to improve school culture and meaningful parent engagement. Many members of CPAC were graduates or fellows of the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), and in creation of this document, have demonstrated what a group of informed parent leaders can really accomplish.

The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle training is a tool that can be used by educators and parents working as teams to evaluate their current parent involvement practices specifically as it relates to improving student achievement. Participants are guided to delve deep using the parent involvement inventory tool along with the Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle rubric to assess the school’s efforts. An action plan is created during the workshop, that integrates with the school improvement process. Results of the action plan lead to building a diverse, involved, and well trained cadre of parents at their school. Follow up implementation of the plan is reported in 3-6 months.

American High
High school students tell it like it is in this new PBS series.

Comprehensive Improvement Planning
Information from the Kentucky Department of Education on Comprehensive Improvement Planning (formerly Consolidated Planning), the means of determining how schools and districts will plan to ensure that students reach proficiency and beyond by 2014.

Conway Middle School Student-Led Conferences
Jefferson County Public Schools in cooperation with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Conway Middle School (2001). A different kind of parent teacher conference.

Dispelling the Myth Online
An interactive database that allows users to identify high-poverty and high-minority schools whose students are achieving at high levels on state assessments.

Family Education
A site with news, activities, and tools for parents active in their children’s education. Pages include: educational software downloads, family finance, and special needs.

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families
An interactive site which helps families teach middle school students about math through a series of fun and engaging high-quality challenges.

The Glossary of Kentucky Education Terms
by Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, updated March 2015.

Instructional Coherence: The Changing Role of the Teacher
Despite the literally thousands of efforts to improve schools since World War II, few have had significant or enduring effects on instruction and student learning This report suggests that educational reform initiatives challenge classroom teachers to make sense of new policies, ideas, programs, and their own work. Published in 2000.

Kentucky Center for School Safety
Resources to help keep your school safe.

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Web page for parents
Resources for parents, including school report cards, district information, CATS scores, and more for every Kentucky school.

Kentucky Teacher
Producted by KDE’s Division of Communciations and Community Engagement, Kentucky Teacher is the agency’s primary direct communications tool for teachers. The publication is designed to provide professional development through examples of outstanding classroom instruction, information on state and federal policies and requirements, and announcements of activities and resources for educators.

MiddleWeb
MiddleWeb is full of useful information for parents and educators.

Pathways to School Improvement
The Pathways to School Improvement page explores topics such as parent involvement and professional development.

Philanthropy News Digest – K-12 Funding Opportunities
K-12 Funding opportunities with links to grantseeking for teachers, learning technology, and more.

Putting the ‘Parent Piece’ in Schools
This Education Week article examines two Los Angeles subdistricts gaining national attention for their dedication to treating parents as partners to help them get actively involved in their children’s education.

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset offers a scholarship program to high school sophomores in a 40 county region in southern & eastern KY. The students receive free training in technology, leadership and entrepreneurship during 2 weeks in the summer.

Science 4 Kids
Site from the Agricultural Research Service with lots of cool stories about what the scientists at the ARS do.

Technology Resources for Schools & Nonprofits
There are a number of people and companies that are available to assist nonprofits with their technical needs. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to know who to choose. That’s why TechSoup has gathered the best technology resources and compiled them into easy to navigate lists, separated by area of expertise and geographic location. Whether you are looking for a recycled hardware provider or a Web designer, you can find it here.