40 Kentucky Parents complete Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership program – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

40 Kentucky Parents complete Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership program

May 15, 2020

For more information, contact:
Jessica Fletcher, Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs
859-539-0511 (cell)

40 Kentucky Parents complete Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership program

Forty Kentucky parents from 14 counties across the state recently completed the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) fellowship program. The CIPL Fellowship is designed to offer participants a history of Kentucky’s education system and information on key topics relevant to help increase success for all students.

“Together, we are building a groundswell of active champions who believe excellence, equity, innovation and engagement are critical for realizing a world-class public education for every Kentuckian,” said Prichard Committee President & CEO Brigitte Blom Ramsey. “These 40 parents have taken a tremendous step in not only improving the education of their children, but also of other students in their communities.”

More than 2,500 parents have completed the program since it began over 20 years ago. Those parents have gone on to serve on local school-based decision-making councils (SBDMs) and school boards at the local and state level.

During their year-long candidacy to become fellows, participants complete webinars, participate in networking opportunities and complete a project in their local district. Projects must meet one of the following:

  • Increasing student literacy development/academic achievement
  • Addressing local and/or state policies that create barriers to family engagement and leadership
  • Creating opportunities for family engagement or family leadership and decision making

This CIPL Class had to overcome unforeseen circumstances with the Covid-19 Pandemic however, they rose the occasion and served 715 parents, 22 school staff, and 16 community-based organization staff through 2019-2020 CIPL Projects.

2020 Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellows

  1. Jeff From, Berea Independent
  2. Allissa Caudill, Boyd County
  3. Jessica Galloway, Bracken County
  4. Cayley Ginn, Campbell County
  5. Daniel Ginn, Campbell County
  6. Penny Christian, Fayette County
  7. Carol Cooper, Fayette County
  8. Brooke Gill, Fayette County
  9. Jennifer Malone, Fayette County
  10. Desiree Marshall, Fayette County
  11. Gretchen Vaught, Fayette County
  12. Janine Williams, Fayette County
  13. Enid Wohlstein, Fayette County
  14. Pamela Hereford, Floyd County
  15. Tanesha Booker, Jefferson County
  16. Chelsey Cason, Jefferson County
  17. Lynn Cason, Jefferson County
  18. Victoria Jones, Jefferson County
  19. BobbiJo Kingery, Jefferson County
  20. Autumn Neagle, Jefferson County
  21. Lorie Pace, Jefferson County
  22. Angelina Petty, Jefferson County
  23. Keena Pugh, Jefferson County
  24. Kinshasta Reed, Jefferson County
  25. Carla Robinson, Jefferson County
  26. Amy Carder, Kenton County
  27. Jennifer Helmick, Kenton County
  28. Brandy Broomall, Kenton County
  29. Deaidra Douglas, Madison County
  30. Heather Anderson, McCracken County
  31. LaToya Benberry, McCracken County
  32. LaDonna Butler, McCracken County
  33. Sara Darling, McCracken County
  34. Brittany Tucker, McCracken County
  35. Tara Sawvell, Paducah Independent
  36. Julie Tennyson, Paducah Independent
  37. Laura Beard, Pendleton County
  38. Allie Orme, Pendleton County
  39. Annette Hines, Rowan County
  40. Shanetti Jones, Warren County

Generous grants from LG&E and KU Foundation, State Farm, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates on behalf of educational excellence for all Kentucky children. The program was conceived by the late Beverly Nickell Raimondo in 1997.

If you are interested in learning more or submitting an application for the 2021 CIPL Class, please email Laura Beard.

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