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Twenty-eight parents from the 32=county service area of Morehead State University and University of Pikeville in Eastern Kentucky have been selected as participants in the inaugural Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, based on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s sixteen-year-old parent leadership institute. This program is designed and implemented to engage families and community by developing and supporting their ability to work in partnership with their schools to improve student achievement and have a lasting impact.

Parents, who attended the first of the three two-day sessions on August 16-17 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, with the following sessions being held on September 27-28 and October 25-26, include, with their school districts: Vicki Aleshire, Kelly Hanshaw, Lisa Huff, and Shannon Kimbler, Boyd County; Erica Ash, Paintsville Independent; James Bradshaw and Kirsten Bradshaw, Raceland-Worthington Independent; James Brown, Fayette County; Rebecca Burton, Lavon Oakley, and Janena Reynolds, Carter County; Mary Crowley, Ashland Independent; Chris Doll and Robin Gabbard, Perry County; Patti Elam and Karen Standafer, Morgan County; Mary Gibson, Johnson County; Shelia Hall, Gwen Hutchinson, Suzanne Hyden, Yvette Latta, Tammy Meade, Jeannie Newsome, Susan Spurlock and Stephanie Stamper, Floyd County; Suzie Newsom, Jerri Thacker, Pike County; and Tim Simpson, Rowan County.

Primary support for this Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership comes from a Morehead State University grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and other local supporters.

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership prepares parents to work toward higher achievement for all public school students. The institute’s curriculum focuses on leadership skills, planning and strategic development as well as elements of Kentucky’s education and accountability systems. Over 1,700 Kentucky parents have now completed this training and returned to work as partners in their districts and schools. After completing the institute, parents work with educators and other parents on projects targeting specific areas of student achievement in their child’s school.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is a nonprofit citizens’ organization that works to improve education for all Kentuckians.

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