Do you want Kentucky students to have the best schools in the nation? Do you want continued and sustained improvement in our schools?
If so, then join our collective voices calling for continually improved education for all Kentuckians. While Kentucky has risen to the middle of the pack of all states in educational rankings, we need to redouble our efforts to increase student achievement for all students while closing achievement gaps.
Your support is vital to the Prichard Committee’s role of being that watchful eye to make sure Kentucky stays on the path of continuous progress and maintains focus on the goal of leading the nation by 2020. Since 1983, the Committee has worked to study priority issues, inform the public and policy makers about best practices and engage business leaders, families, students, and other citizens to demand educational excellence and equity for all children, from their earliest years through postsecondary education.
The Committee receives no local, state or federal financial support. Our work is funded solely by contributions from private individuals and institutions, including support from 125 members across the state, who dedicate themselves to learning about relevant issues, educating school and community leaders in their own regions, and advocating for policies that are critical for our state’s educational progress. Your investment in the Prichard Committee, combined with the gifts of other generous contributors, goes to work immediately to help advocate for our state’s educational excellence.
BEVERLY NICKELL RAIMONDO LEADERSHIP AWARD
Beverly Nickell Raimondo was inspired by learning. Wherever she traveled from her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, she became much more than a passive onlooker. She was always driven to understand life more deeply.
Bev’s belief in the benefits of deeper parent engagement was realized in parent involvement and student achievement programs statewide that persist today. More than 2,500 parents have completed CIPL training. Graduates have become essential partners in positively transforming Kentucky’s schools and communities through leadership on school boards and committees, and as informed public school advocates.
Bev passed away in 2016. The Prichard Committee and Bev’s family have established the Beverly Nickell Raimondo Leadership Award to honor her vision and its impact on students by recognizing exemplary leadership by parents who care about education for all students.
“My daughters and I can think of a no more fitting way to honor her memory and legacy than to recognize parent achievement with this award,” says Tony. “In addition, we hope the award will help to motivate other parents to carry the torch of parent involvement and achievement in the Commonwealth.”
“Bev’s vison was clear,” says Prichard Committee Executive Director, Brigitte Blom Ramsey. “She believed that when parents are involved it benefits not only their children but their children’s peers. Students, teachers and schools feel more supported and we see better student performance as a result. In short, the whole community benefits when parents are actively engaged in their schools.”
Bev’s leadership demonstrated exemplary commitment to education and, even more importantly, created a sustained movement where parents could participate and see the results of their work. Bev believed education excellence was attainable – and she worked tirelessly to ensure that others shared that belief and took action just as she did.