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Eight from FCPS complete 2020 Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Prichard Committee logo Forty Kentucky parents from 14 counties across the state, including eight from Fayette, recently completed the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL). The 2020 fellows affiliated with Fayette County Public Schools are Penny Christian (president of the 16th District PTA), Carol Cooper, Brooke Gill, Jennifer Malone, Desiree Marshall, Gretchen Vaught, Janine Williams, and Enid Wohlstein. 

CIPL offered a history of Kentucky’s education system and information on key topics relevant to increase success for all students. Grants from LG&E and KU Foundation, State Farm, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) helped the committee provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower the parents to become vocal advocates for educational excellence. 

During their yearlong candidacy to become CIPL fellows, the parents completed webinars, participated in networking opportunities, and developed a project in their local district that either:

  • Increased student literacy development or academic achievement;
  • Addressed local or state policies that create barriers to family engagement and leadership; or
  • Developed opportunities for family engagement or family leadership and decision-making.

The 2019-20 class had to overcome unforeseen circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, but they rose to the occasion and served 715 parents, 22 school staff, and 16 community-based organization staff through CIPL projects.

Overall, more than 2,500 parents have completed CIPL since the late Beverly Nickell Raimondo conceived it in 1997, with many going on to serve on local school-based decision-making councils (SBDMs) and school boards at the local and state level. To learn more or apply for the 2021 CIPL class, please email Laura Beard with the Prichard Committee.