Application Area E: Turning Around Ohio’s Lowest-Achieving Schools

By 2014, Ohio will implement school intervention models in 79 persistently low-achieving schools serving 35,000 students.


Key Projects



Extend Community Supports to All School Turnaround Communities

Parent/Family Leadership Training Program

The Ohio Department of Education and our partner, Parents for Public Schools are working to support the turnaround work of Ohio’s lowest achieving schools by improving parent involvement. This parent leadership training will equip parents with skills that encourage active partnership in the education process, facilitate a comprehensive family, school and community collaboration.

Resources Include:

  • On-site Parent Leadership Training conducted by professional parent trainers.
  • On-going support for parents through on-line statewide Parent Leaders Group
  • Access to the four training modules for on-line completion and a Parent Leader Toolkit
  • Online webinars and much more!

Pathways to Parent Leadership Program Outline

The 4-module program has been designed to help parents become more familiar with Ohio’s education system and understand their important leadership role as family member of a student. Each module covers a different aspect of student achievement and parental involvement.

To take full advantage of these FREE resources please contact Tyrrea Byrd, Parents for Public Schools, Program Manager at 614-460-9132 or today!


Family and Community Engagement Professional Development and Coaching

The Ohio Department of Education has partnered with The Ohio State University to create a set of surveys to supplement existing school improvement planning. This program takes a new approach to community engagement to address nonacademic barriers to learning. 

Participating districts/schools get:

  • Brief online surveys – Student, parent, and/or school staff surveys designed to identify nonacademic barriers to learning
  • Tailored, user-friendly summary of findings – A summary of findings aimed at illustrating data on which planning decisions can be based
  • Presentation of findings – Findings presented in an onsite meeting with the Building Leadership Team
  • Facilitated support of planning – Planning session(s) intended to integrate findings into the existing school improvement plan
  • Community engagement coaching – Coaching aimed at enhancing existing and identifying/engaging new community partnerships that meet students’ needs

View the no cost survey options or contact Melissa Ross, Project Director, at 614-292-0175 or for more information.

Last Modified: 6/20/2013 1:53:13 PM