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UK Math and Science Project Seeking Applicants for Parent Program

By Jennifer M. Bonck

 

The institutes are designed to help parents become more involved in improving their children’s schools and to help enhance academic achievements for all students. Participants will be trained in leadership and communications skills; given information, including achievement data; and provided an explanation of Kentucky’s public education system. Training will enable them to work more effectively with other parents in their communities to improve local schools and increase student achievement by designing and completing a project in their school or district.

 

March 10, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP), headed up by the University of Kentucky, seeks 10 parents interested in improving academic achievement for public school students.

The Institute for Parent Leadership, sponsored by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, is marking its seventh year of training and has trained over 1,000 parents during that time.

The institutes are designed to help parents become more involved in improving their children’s schools and to help enhance academic achievements for all students. Participants will be trained in leadership and communications skills; given information, including achievement data; and provided an explanation of Kentucky’s public education system. Training will enable them to work more effectively with other parents in their communities to improve local schools and increase student achievement by designing and completing a project in their school or district.

”Studies have shown that when parents are engaged with their schools, student performance improves markedly,” said Wimberly Royster, UK professor emeritus of mathematics and co-principal investigator and project director of AMSP. “This institute will help parents form partnerships with principals, teachers and counselors, and will work toward improvement of mathematics and science performance in the schools.”

The 2003 Institute for Parent Leadership available for Kentucky AMSP schools will be held in four Kentucky locations beginning this fall: Lexington, Williamsburg, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, and Erlanger. Participants will attend three two-day sessions and will commit to design and carry out projects involving other parents that have a lasting impact on student achievement.

Applicants for the institute should be parents or grandparents of students in AMSP schools or other citizens who have been involved with local AMSP schools and want to reach out to other parents. AMSP Kentucky school districts include the following: Bath , Breathitt , Carter ., Casey ., Clark ., Clay , Clinton C, Corbin Independent, Estill , Floyd , Frankfort Independent, Garrard , Harlan , Jackson Independent, Jessamine , Johnson , Knott , Lee , Letcher , Lewis , Lincoln , Madison , Martin , McCreary , Montgomery , Morgan, Owsley , Paris Independent, Pike , Pikeville Independent, Powell , Pulaski , Rockcastle , Rowan, Washington , Wayne , Whitley , and Woodford.

“Parents who participate become leaders in their children’s school, sharing the knowledge and skills so that the whole school benefits,“ said Kerry Zack, manager of the institute. “The focus is on academic achievement and helping more parents understand how vital it is that they become involved.”

Primary support for the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and a partnership with AMSP. Additional support comes from other national foundations, Kentucky businesses, and individuals.

Participants will be selected through an application process that primarily targets parents of students in AMSP schools. The cost of their tuition, meals and lodging will
be provided. Applications are available online at www.cipl.org or through the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

For more information or to apply, contact the Prichard Committee by phone at 1-800-928-2111 or by e-mail. Parents may also contact their children’s school principals for more information. Schools that submit three or more applications will be given special consideration. The application deadline is March 31, with selections announced May 9.


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