Race to the Top


The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) wants to support building level efforts to initiate/enhance a system of learning supports that engages families and community partners to address the often interconnected academic and nonacademic needs that can limit students’ ability to learn and succeed in school and in life.

Toward that end, we are partnering with Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati (PPSGC) and The Ohio State University Center for Learning Excellence (CLEX) to work with Ohio’s Race to the Top Persistently Lowest-Achieving (PLA) schools from October 2011 – September 2014 to:

  • Develop professional development curricula and toolkits
  • Offer related training, professional development and coaching
  • Create a community of learners within the county/region
  • Develop and monitor a user friendly data management system designed to serve as a tool for identifying needs and tracking progress.

PPSGC will coordinate our Parent/Family Leadership Training Program. This program will equip parents/families in PLA schools with skills that encourage active partnership in the education process, facilitate a comprehensive family, school and community collaboration, and promote advocacy of family engagement among peers.

CLEX will facilitate our Family and Community Engagement Professional Development and Coaching. This program will provide ten county core teams and PLA schools with a comprehensive, systems-bases, multi-lingual, statewide professional development curriculum.

Training and coaching by both PPSGC and CLEX will be offered both onsite and online.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Barbara J. Boone, Director, Office of Family and Community Support at (614) 466-5570 or barbara.boone@education.ohio.gov.