The 2013 Parent Engagement Program (PEP) seeks 30 parents, community members, and child caregivers interested in improving academic achievement for students in public schools by identifying and reducing barriers to learning in homes, communities, and schools.

The program, sponsored by Parents for Public Schools (PPS), is entering its third year of training in the East Central Mississippi area.  To date, 54 parents from this area have been trained to recognize, value, and prioritize quality public education. 

PPS trained parents raise standards, solve problems, and advocate for quality education in their communities.  The PEP curriculum is very interactive challenging those in the class to engage families, schools, and communities to make decisions together to strengthen and improve education for all children. 

PEP teaches parents, and others in the community, processes for making data-driven decisions to improve their public schools, helps them identify specific educational needs in their community, and finally to engage other families and community stakeholders to actively and strategically work together to improve learning for more students in their homes, communities and schools. 

The 2013 Parent Engage-ment Program class participants will be selected through an application process that primarily targets parents who have demonstrated leadership potential and are committed to improving student achievement.

The deadline for applicants hoping to be selected for the 2013 PEP training is Jan. 4.  All PEP training sessions will take place in Meridian at the Northeast Conference Center of the Hilton Garden Inn.  The training is done at no cost to the participants.  PEP consists of three two-day sessions: Feb. 1 and 2, March 1 and 2 and April 5 and 6. Hotel accommodations, meals, and training materials for all PEP class members are covered by PPS.         

Applications are available online at www.parents4publicschools.org; by emailing Becky Glover, Parent Coach - East Central MS area for Parents for Public Schools National, at bglover@parents4publicschools.org; or by calling or texting Mrs. Glover at 601-207-2209.  Individuals or groups who have questions or want to schedule a brief meeting with Mrs. Glover before the January 4th deadline are encouraged to contact her using any method previously listed.