(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Four schools in the Washington County School District have been selected to participate in a peer learning group with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence through its Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools, to increase family engagement to expand student outcomes in learning, according to an announcement from the committee. Washington County Elementary School, Washington County Middle School, North Washington Elementary School and Washington County High School will each participate as a “family friendly” school in the network. Only 58 Kentucky schools were nominated to participate by members of the KCFS, based on their commitment to improving family engagement.
Administrators, teachers and families from each of the schools will share in the experience from the fall of 2021 through May 2023 that will include a variety of training, services and surveys in a combination of group learning sessions, small group coaching sessions and increased awareness and access to resources and services that increase family engagement. Participating schools and districts will also receive support from Berea Partners for Education, Daviess County Schools, the Kentucky Department of Education, Learning Grove and the National Center for Families Learning.
“Our district is fortunate to have the support of The Prichard Committee and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to help improve family engagement strategies in our schools,” says Cherry Boyles, who serves as chief academic officer for the district. “We appreciate the honest feedback from our district families during last spring’s family engagement survey. Those survey results have informed action plans for the schools and district this year. We value the input of our families and community members and will continue to find ways to improve engagement and partnerships that enhance student learning.”
“We are enthusiastic to have the opportunity to enhance and further our partnership skills with our parents and community members,” says Dr. J. Robin Cochran, who serves as superintendent. We realize that our families play an essential role in the development and success of our students and our school community. We need our families in order to move students forward academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally. Together, we are certain that we can become stronger for all shareholders. It is an honor to be selected to study, receive professional learning, and then establish growth goals by identifying actionable steps with the assistance of experts from the Prichard Committee through the Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools. This will give Washington County Schools a leading opportunity to recognize areas where we can improve and help strengthen our relationships and services. We are appreciative of the opportunity to engage in this work and it demonstrates that we are willing to do whatever it takes to serve our families to the best of our ability.”