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The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle

This report was originally commissioned by then-Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit, the Commissioner’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) of KY. The report was created to advise school districts on ways to improve school culture and meaningful parent engagement. Many members of CPAC were graduates or fellows of the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), and in creation of this document, have demonstrated what a group of informed parent leaders can really accomplish.

Recommendations for Involving Families and Community in Improving Student Achievement, Commissioner’s Parents Advisory Council, Final Report to the Kentucky Department of Education, June 2007
Pages from PACtheMissingPiecev2This report was originally commissioned by then-Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit, the Commissioner’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) of KY. The report was created to advise school districts on ways to improve school culture and meaningful parent engagement. Many members of CPAC were graduates or fellows of the Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL), and in creation of this document, have demonstrated what a group of informed parent leaders can really accomplish.
The Prichard Committee now offers a training based on this report, The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle, that can be used by educators and parents working as teams to evaluate their current parent involvement practices specifically as it relates to improving student achievement. Participants are guided to delve deep using the parent involvement inventory tool along with the Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle rubric to assess the school’s efforts. An action plan  is created during the workshop, that  integrates with the school improvement process. Results of the action plan  lead to building a diverse, involved, and well trained cadre of parents at their school. Follow up implementation of the plan is reported in 3-6 months.