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Wednesday, January 23 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Creating Parent Leadership as a Pathway to School Improvement
Overview of parent/family engagement training designed by Parents for Public Schools (PPS Greater Cincinnati and National) under the Ohio Department of Education as part of the agency’s Race to the Top strategy to turn around persistently lowest achieving (PLA) schools. This systems-based, multi-lingual curriculum is delivered online and in local school buildings. Parent leaders are supported by a community of learners’ website with a social media platform enabling interactive news and statewide information sharing. This platform also serves as a data management tool to track application of new skills learned, sustainability and changes in school climate. This proven, practical strategy offering parents the skills needed to effectively lead, advocate for and build local learning support systems maximizing student academic achievement can be replicated to any state and district as a means of addressing chronically underperforming schools through parent engagement and leadership.

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Nita Rudy

Prior to joining PPS, Nita served as manager for the Center for Parent Leadership throughout the nation to underscore the importance of parent involvement in improving student achievement and helped parents become informed consumers of public education.
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Rolonda Smith

Rolonda manages Parent Leadership Institutes statewuide, serves on the STRIVE Executive Committee, the Board of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and of GEARUP SCORES, and previously as adjunct instructor (School of Education, Miami University Oxford) teaching Parent-School-Community... Read More →

Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm EST
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