What is CIPL?

The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) is a continuum of engagement and leadership development for families, schools and communities to increase academic success of Kentucky students and progress of Kentucky’s public schools. Powerful partnerships are achieved, when active champions for education honor and recognize the connection between families and schools, as a core strategy for improving student academic achievement.

What is the CIPL Fellowship? 

The CIPL Fellowship is designed to offer participants information related to Kentucky’s education system and key topics relevant today to help increase success for all students.  Through the completion of webinars, homegroup involvement, community leadership and statewide events, CIPL participants will be installed and recognized as a CIPL Fellow.

Who can apply to become a CIPL Fellow?

All parents, guardians, mentors and other community members in any Kentucky county who support K-12 public school students and want to expand their capacity as citizen champions for education.  A CIPL Fellow is someone who believes public education is critical to the economic and social well-being of Kentucky, is committed to equity and excellence in education from early childhood through postsecondary and is committed to helping their student and their student’s peers excel.


Virtual Orientation

(October): Participate in a one-hour virtual orientation to meet other Fellows and get an overview of the goals, opportunities and activities of the Fellowship.

Deeper Dive Webinars (October – April)

Participate in a track of webinars that provide deep content to understand Kentucky’s education system and key topics relevant today to help increase student success. Topics include but not limited to Education Reform & Accountability, Student Performance Over Time & Achievement Gaps, Adequate and Equitable Funding – Kentucky’s Seek Formula, Community Leadership, Social Determinants of Health and Success.

Community Leadership

Take what you’ve learned into your community in a way that engages parents/citizens and helps deepen commitment to student success. This could be hosting a dedicated community conversation with a goal of continuing the conversation over time, pursuing membership on a Site Based Decision-Making Council or school board, or designing a unique project.

Share Your Story

Write a brief report highlighting what you learned, how you’ve grown as a parent leader, and what you hope to accomplish in your community as a result.


Step 1: Complete an application 

Complete the CIPL Fellowship Application online or by downloading and mailing to:

Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
271 W Short St, Suite 202
Lexington, KY 40507

Click here to complete your online application. 

Click here to download a copy of the application.

Step 2: Receive a confirmation email

After you submit your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email about upcoming learning and leadership opportunities to help you start building your portfolio.  Instructions on how to join the Groundswell Initiative, become a CIPL Fellow Candidate, and join our social media pages for updates, will also be included.

Step 3: Begin learning

The 2020 CIPL Class will be announced on Oct. 4th.  The Orientation Webinar will be held on Oct. 15th.


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