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Parents for Public Schools to offer first training course in area


Dispatch Staff Report



Parents for Public Schools, a national organization founded and headquartered in Jackson, is offering a Parent Engagement Program (PEP) this fall at Plymouth Bluff Center in Columbus for 30 parents and community leaders from the Golden Triangle and Northeast Mississippi area. This will be the first year for Parents for Public Schools to offer this extensive training in the Golden Triangle area.  


The PEP will take place September 27-29 and October 25-26. Participants will identify and hone their leadership and communication skills, understand school data, and receive an in-depth explanation of Mississippi's public education system. PEP graduates work to build partnerships and execute leadership plans to strengthen public schools. The training is free to all participants; all meals, overnight accommodations and training materials will be provided by Parents for Public Schools.  


"This is our first year to conduct the training in the Golden Triangle, and we're anxious to have lots of parents, grandparents and community leaders from the area," said Sally Gray, PPS parent coach. 




What is PEP? 


The Parent Engagement Program is designed to provide parents and community members the information and leadership skills to build educational partnerships with administrators and teachers and to improve academic performance for students in public schools. (Parents are defined as anyone who is a caregiver of children.) 




Who can participate? 


PEP is open to all parents, caregivers of public school students and those who work with parents. Participants must have an interest in the improvement of Mississippi public schools and be willing to reach out to other parents to inform and include them in a learning network. PPS selects parents based upon an application. 


Participants identify and hone leadership and communications skills, understand school data and receive in-depth explanation of Mississippi's public education system. Sessions will enable them to work more effectively with other parents and school leaders by designing and completing a leadership plan that reduces barriers to learning in school, community or home. 


Classes will be held at the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, Columbus. Overnight accommodations will be available.  


Admission is by application. A maximum of 30 participants will be selected. Applications, available online at, are due by May 1. For more information, contact Gray at 662-401-3897 or e-mail [email protected]



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