Developing informed and skilled parents as effective advocates

The Prichard Committee supports parents as essential learning partners for their own children and all children across the Commonwealth. We partner with local and regional organizations to inform and engage parents and other caregivers across Kentucky, ultimately building parents’ capacity to champion education excellence for each Kentucky student.

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) is a flagship initiative of the Prichard Committee created to develop the capacity to support successful public schools for all students. The Institute 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.

The Prichard Committee developed GCIPL 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 more than 2,450 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.

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

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