The Prichard committee selects 58 schools for the learning network
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, through its Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools, has selected 58 Kentucky schools to participate in a learning group by peers to increase family engagement as a primary strategy for improving student learning outcomes.
“Kentucky schools need to start feeling like a community center again – where students, parents, educators and caregivers are all committed to supporting student learning,” said Brigitte Blom, President and CEO of the Prichard Committee. “The Family Friendly School Learning Network will strengthen the capacity of school leaders to understand and implement more effective family engagement best practices. “
Jay Brewer, Superintendent of Independent Schools for Dayton, expressed his enthusiasm for all three schools in his district to participate in the network.
“To grow students, we need to know students, and no one knows our students better than their families,” he said.
School administrators will participate in this experiment from fall 2021 to May 2023. Schools have a menu of training and services to choose from and will participate in surveys each spring for continuous improvement. The learning experience is a combination of group learning sessions, small group coaching sessions, and increased awareness and access to resources and services that increase family engagement.
In addition to the work of the Prichard Committee, these schools are also supported by staff from Berea Partners for Education, Daviess County Schools, Kentucky Department of Education, Learning Grove, and the National Center for Families Learning.
“We are already hearing success stories from participating schools,” said Brooke Gill, director of family engagement for the Prichard Committee. “They find creative ways to build trusting relationships with families in meaningful ways. Schools are already connecting to each other and forming support teams around the work. “