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JCPS parents take part in Governor's parent leadership institute

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Leslie Hazard Leslie Hazard
Gov. Steve Beshear Gov. Steve Beshear
Dr. Donna Hargens Dr. Donna Hargens
Cindy Baumert Cindy Baumert

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - State and local officials partnered with parents Friday in an effort to create family leaders in some of Jefferson County's struggling schools.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear traveled to Louisville to host the Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

"The Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership is a group that was started by the Prichard Committee back in 1997 to educate parents on what goes on in the school system, how to deal with the school system and how to get involved in the school system to make it better," said Gov. Beshear.

The Friday event marked the second installment of three two-day work sessions to teach leadership and advocacy skills to parents in hopes of boosting parent involvement in Kentucky schools.

"If parents are involved in their schools, student achievement goes up," said Gov. Beshear.

Inside the Hilton Garden Inn on Crittenden Drive, 36 parents of Jefferson County Public Schools students took part in the day-long session, including Leslie Hazard.

"When the child sees that, you know, it's more important to you," began Hazard, "then they're going to take it more seriously."

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens applauded the parents' participation, proud of their commitment to helping harvest student success.

"Many of {the parents} represent our priority schools," began Dr. Hargens, "where increasing student achievement is really important."

However, over the course of the voluntary institute, participating parents will did more than just learn leadership techniques. As part of the program, they will also put what they have learned to use.

"They end up planning a project in their own school or school district and carry out that project," said Gov. Beshear.

"They will be designing this project to focus on three things: improving student achievement, involving other parents, and having a lasting impact on their schools," said Cindy Baumert, Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Director.

"I'm going to do something with reading," said Hazard. "I would recommend this for all parents."

Hazard said she would like to see more parents take advantage of the hands-on opportunity to make a difference in the lives of not only their own children, but all JCPS students.

The participating JCPS parents will take part in a third, two-day leadership session in November. The Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership is also being offered in eastern and northern Kentucky.

For more information about the Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, click here.

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