Trainings and Workshops

Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) – Five day institute

GCIPL is our flagship parent leadership training for parents and other adults who support students in Kentucky’s public schools. In five days of training, offered over three weekend sessions, participants will:

  • Enhance their leadership and communication skills
  • Learn about the public education system in Kentucky
  • Receive and learn how to read and understand the test data from their school and district
  • Learn about achievement gaps in our schools
  • Partner with their school administrators, teachers, and other parents to improve student achievement
  • Connect to an existing network of committed parents and community leaders
  • Commit to attend all sessions
  • Commit to leading at least one project in a school or community
  • Receive guidance as they plan and implement their project
  • Maintain an ongoing connection with the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Click here  to APPLY NOW for an institute and find out more information about application deadlines for each location.

The Parent Leadership Institute – 6 full days of training for communities outside of Kentucky

Modeled after the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) signature institute, the Parent Leadership Institute is a training developed for your community, that prepares parents to be productive, successful education partners.

Based on the themes of parent engagement and student achievement, parents assume leadership roles in education and become strong partners in their schools.

We believe: Parents love their children, want positive education experiences for them and can make a difference. When parents are given achievement information, they will hold schools accountable to high standards. The institute is the vehicle which provides parents the skills and information needed to be informed, prepared education stakeholders.


Parent Leadership 101 – one or two full days plus an optional follow-up meeting

This training for parents, caregivers, and mentors of students in your district or school combines many of our key workshop components from out signature institute and focuses on the creation of parent leaders to impact achievement. This training, for up to 30 parent participants, covers such topics as understanding school and district data, understanding the new common core standards, how to ask the right questions of your school or district, reaching and motivating other parents, impacting student achievement and effecting positive change and climate. This training can be customized for one day if necessary.


Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle – one day plus follow-up

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 planning 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.

The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle (MP3) is a training for school teams, based on a report by the same name, which was commissioned by then-Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit as a work product of  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. The Missing Piece rubric has been incorporated into the AdvancEd ASSIST software that is used by schools in several states in their school improvement planning process. Many members of CPAC who wrote this report and rubric 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.


Parents and Teachers Talking Together – half day, or one and a half days for train-the-trainer

Learn how to facilitate—or engage in—a dialogue between the two groups who know what’s best for students: parents and teachers.  Together, we will discuss what we want for students and develop an action plan to make it happen. This can be a train-the-trainer workshop or a facilitated event.  This training promotes wonderful discussion between parents and educators, and helps everyone involved work together for the good of students.


Authentic Parent Engagement – one day

Research shows parents will be involved when they a) know they should be b) understand they are capable and c) feel welcome.  A training-of-trainers event for school or district teams which include, but are not limited to:  district/school parent liaisons, administrators, front office staff, school FRYSC directors, program coordinators, and anyone working directly to engage parents/families or have interaction with parents.  This full day of training comes with a comprehensive manual full of information to use to engage parents, and covers the following:  parent involvement research and law, how to make parents welcome, understanding social assumptions and making families aware of what they can offer the school, and building home/school relationships.


You’ve Got Style! Recognizing different learning styles – half day

Remember the teacher who made learning fun? He or she probably used instructional strategies closely related to your personal learning style. Learn how to determine your child’s learning style—and yours— and discover strategies you can use to help with the learning process.


What’s the Bottom Line? Focus on Achievement Gaps

Get to the bottom of the test-score story by disaggregating data and identifying which student groups are best served and which are least served. Understand the inequity and decide how to address it.


How to Get Along with Yourself and Other Difficult People

We’re all different…or are we? Each of us has our own personal behavioral style. Learn how to recognize others’ styles and identify ways to work together effectively.

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