We Have a New Executive Director!

From: Cathy McNair, Board President
Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati (PPSGC), I am pleased to announce that Mr. Lathel Bryant will join us as our new Executive Director, effective April 22, 2014.

Prior to joining us, Lathel served for several years at the University of Cincinnati leading a wide range of programming directed towards the academic success of students ranging from K-12 to post-baccalaureate. His career highlights his passion for education and experience in non-profit management, program development, and parent and community engagement. Lathel brings the leadership skills and broad perspective to propel us forward in fulfilling our mission of empowering parents to advocate for excellence in public education.

Please join us in welcoming Lathel to PPSGC!


What is the Parent Engagement Program (PEP)?
PPS’s Parent Engagement Program (PEP) 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. Participants who complete the program work to build partnerships and execute leadership plans to strengthen public schools.

*Parents are defined as anyone who is a care giver of children

What are PEP participants trained to do?
Participants will identify and hone their leadership and communications skills, understand school data and receive an in-depth explanation of Ohio’s public education system. The sessions will enable them to work more effectively with other parents and school leaders by designing and completing a leadership plan that will reduce barriers to learning in their school, community, or home.

How do I receive a PEP application?
You can request one by emailing us at execasst@ppsgc.org or by calling 513-751-5437

Get your application in soon so you can ‘have a seat’ on May 2-3 and May 16-17, 2014!

3rd Annual King Program, June 23-27, 2014 – Register Now!

Rice Education Consulting is recruiting Black and Latino male high school students in the class of 2015 and 2016 for the 3rd Annual King Program.  Participants of the program will receive access to College Planning resources as well as enrichment in the area of standardized test-taking (ACT Prep).  Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to develop Leadership, Team-Building, Identity Awareness and Personal Branding skills and network with Business Leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area. This program will empower, uplift and inspire our future leaders!

Registration is available online at: www.signmeup.com/99300

The deadline to register is May 16, 2014.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee and What It Can Mean For Your Child

“At the core of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s education policy is the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. But with the testing taking full effect this year, school districts are struggling with the uncertainty and the program has cast Ohio into the middle of a national debate about the efficacy of testing”. Cliff Peale – Enquirer

One of our Parent Leaders, Brenda Gray-Johnson, was interviewed for this article. Hear what she and others have to say about this controversial testing.

Read the entire article HERE!