Gov. Beshear Launches Kentucky’s 2nd Annual Family Engagement in Education Week – WLKY Louisville | Team Cansler

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) joined state education leaders in Frankfurt to kick off the state’s second annual Family Engagement Week in Education Week. ‘ Beshear said to a crowd gathered in the Capitol Rotunda. The crowd consisted of education officials from more than 32 state schools. After speaking with them, Beshear took pen to paper and signed a proclamation to start the week. “In 2018, we received a grant from the US Department of Education to help create more family engagement in Kentucky schools,” said Brooke Gill, senior director of family engagement for the Prichard Committee, the organization leading the week’s initiative. “One of the things we thought we were going to do is amplify what’s already happening in schools.” Gill describes it as a week where schools across the state will have a strong focus on encouraging and highlighting different opportunities that parents are engaging in and legal guardians can participate in their child’s education. “The number of kids who get an education after high school,” Gil said. “The most important indicator that they will leave is the extent to which parents are involved in their education. When a parent is involved, children tend to value education more.” During Education Week, activities such as virtual events for families, educators and community members, including webinars on family leadership, after-school time and planning for college, will be held. A full schedule of events can be found here. Kenwood Elementary in Louisville’s Auburndale area was one of two JCPS schools that joined the effort last year. Grace James was the other. After the proclamation was signed Monday, both schools were among 32 schools in Kentucky to receive certification as a so-called “Family Friendly School.” “We strive to be welcome centers of learning for every school in our district,” said Chris Burba, one of the directors of the JCPS summer program. “However, Kenwood and Grace James stand out in that they have served as models for strategies and initiatives, that bring families to school in meaningful, engaging ways.” The goal for this week is to make sure every school in JCPS and across the state can do the same. “We want every school in the state to commit to this first 32nd Look at schools and be like, ‘Okay, what are they doing?'” Gil said. “How does it look to be family friendly?” Gil continued, When that happens, the kids in the state will get the tools they need to to pursue their goals.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) joined state education leaders in Frankfurt to kick off the state’s second annual Family Engagement Week in Education Week.

“Lt. gov. Coleman and I have made it a priority to build an education-first administration,” Beshear said to a crowd gathered in the Capitol Rotunda.

The crowd consisted of education officials from more than 32 schools across the country. After speaking with them, Beshear took pen to paper and signed a proclamation to start the week.

“In 2018, we received a grant from the US Department of Education to help create more family engagement in Kentucky schools,” said Brooke Gill, senior director of family engagement for the Prichard Committee, the organization leading the week’s initiative. “One of the ways that we have envisioned is to amplify what is already happening in schools.”

Gill describes it as a week when schools across the state will have a strong focus on promoting and highlighting different ways parents and guardians can get involved in their child’s education.

“The number of kids who get an education after high school,” Gil said. “The most important indicator that they will leave is the extent to which parents are involved in their education. When a parent is involved, children tend to value education more.”

During Education Week, there will be activities such as virtual events for families, educators and community members, including webinars on family leadership, after school and planning for college.

A full calendar of events can be found here.

Kenwood Elementary in Louisville’s Auburndale neighborhood was one of two JCPS schools that participated in the effort last year. Grace James was the other.

After the proclamation was signed Monday, both schools were among 32 schools in Kentucky to receive a Family Friendly School Certificate.

“We strive to welcome learning centers in every school in our district,” said Chris Burba, one of the directors of the JCPS summer program. “However, Kenwood and Grace James are notable for having served as models for policies and initiatives that bring families to school in meaningful and engaging ways.”

This week’s goal is to ensure that all schools in JCPS and across the state can do the same.

“We want every school in the state to look at those first 32 schools and say, ‘Okay, what are they doing,'” Gil said. “‘What does it look like to be family-friendly?'”

Gill said when that happens, the kids in the state will have the tools they need to pursue their goals.

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