Our audience today continues to be the Kentucky public, opinion leaders, the business community and state officials. Our purpose is carried out by virtually any effective strategy we can use. We raise and publicize critical issues; monitor the effectiveness of public education and propose changes; publicize the importance of education to business leaders and the public; make proposals to public officials; convene public forums; speak to approximately 200 public audiences each year (e.g. Rotary); build alliances with like-minded entities in business and education; conduct occasional research; work closely with the media to ensure continued attention to education; and recruit and train parents to be advocates for improved education of their own and all other students in their own schools and districts.
The Prichard Committee is widely considered to be a national model for civic engagement in public schools.
If you believe parents should play a larger role in education reform, consider applying or helping us generate corporate sponsorship for the Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, our nationally-acclaimed training program that supports parents to engage other parents and their schools to raise the level of student achievement. One institute costs approximately $150,000. More basic workshops cost under $10,000.
From the Executive Director
Keeping the public in public schools has been the unspoken mantra of the Prichard Committee for three decades now. Our approach to collaborating with civic and business leaders to spur continuous improvement in Kentucky schools is always deliberative, sometimes painstaking and often bears significant fruit.
Breaking the top 10 on national rankings in Education Week’s Quality Counts survey of states’ education performance was a tangible victory of 2012, and it was also a collaborative one from which friends of the Prichard Committee can take a measure of personal pride. That highlight was just one of many others, including:
Ø The legislature’s growing and Governor Beshear's continued support to increase funding for Pre-K, a nod to our pre-k advocacy work lead by the Business Leadership Council and The Strong Start Kentucky campaign;
Ø Another three classes of parents completing their Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership training--recently renamed theGovernor'sInstitute for Parent Leadership to reflect institutionalized support--joining the ranks of more than1,800 others we have trained to advocate for student achievement;
Ø Burgeoning national reach through the launch of our regular Education Week blog;
Ø Publication and wide distribution of our bi-annual Top 20 by 2020 Report, reminding the general public of exactly how far Kentucky has come and how far it has to go to ensure our students are ready for college and careers;
Ø Convening the Team for Teacher Effectiveness--a panel of parents, teachers, educators and legislators working with local and national experts to guide decision makers on ways to ensure effective teachers in every Kentucky classroom;
Ø Continued outreach to the general public to build support for Kentucky’s latest, more rigorous academic standards through our ReadyKentucky campaign; and
Ø The inauguration of the Student Voice Team to support Kentucky youth to make the case for deeper integration of student perspectives into the policy work of the Prichard Committee.
It bears repeating that the Prichard Committee would not exist without the support of Kentucky citizens with the vision and passion to ensure the highest possible quality of education for our children.
Strong Start Kentucky was launched in March 2007 with the support of Pre-K Now, a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-k for all three- and four-year olds.
Kentucky has made important progress toward reaching the nation’s top tier of states on several indicators of education performance, but is flat or losing ground on others. The result: clear evidence that the state needs to work harder to deliver for its children and future.
Those findings are included in a new report, produced and widely disseminated by the Prichard Committee, “Achieving the Top 20 by 2020: An Update.” The report assesses the progress Kentucky has made since the committee set a “Top 20” goal for the state’s schools two years ago. The original report which was updated this year, identifies 20 indicators of academic performance, specifies Kentucky’s ranking, and defines what level of performance is needed to propel the state to the top of the nation in student achievement.
In 2016, we will continue our work to highlight the changing face of teaching and learning in the classroom. We will also release a study group report on the achievement gap which will include recommendations for policy and community responses to help close these gaps and ensure all of Kentucky’s students receive the education necessary to be successful after high school.
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