ParentCamp Board Member Received Inaugural Raimondo Leadership Award

Julia Pile Receives Inaugural 
Raimondo Leadership Award

 LEXINGTON, KY — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has named Julia (Julie) Pile the inaugural recipient of the Beverly Nickell Raimondo Leadership Award to recognize exemplary leadership by parents who are engaged in advocating for education excellence for all students.

The award, established in 2017 by the Committee and Raimondo’s family to honor her vision for excellent education and its impact on students, was announced at the Committee’s annual meeting in Lexington on Sunday night.

Ms. Pile, a resident of Florence, Kentucky, was nominated by Boone County School Superintendent, Dr. Randy Poe, and Northern Kentucky community leader, Helen Carroll, for her work leading parent engagement activities for the school district.

“To receive an award named after and in memory of Bev Raimondo is a humbling honor,” said Pile. “Bev was on the forefront of parent and community engagement and knew the critical success factor for our children was for parents to be involved.”

“When parents are involved in schools, it benefits children, teachers, and whole communities,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee. “Julie’s tireless work to include and empower parents as advocates for excellent education sets an example for all to follow.”

Raimondo conceived and launched the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) and the Parents and Teachers Talking Together Program in the early 1990s, both of which were instrumental in shaping Kentucky’s groundswell of support for education excellence.

“I remember Bev attending our GCIPL sessions and encouraging us to break down barriers and build relationships.  It was through this program which Bev started that I found my passion to build opportunities for families and communities to connect and become partners with their schools and each other,” said Pile.

More than 2,500 parents have completed GCIPL training. Graduates have become essential partners in positively transforming Kentucky’s schools and communities through leadership on school boards and committees and as informed public school advocates.

“My daughters and I can think of a no more fitting way to honor Bev’s memory and legacy than to recognize parent achievement with this award,” said Tony Raimondo, Bev’s husband. “In addition, we hope the award will help to motivate other parents to carry the torch of parent involvement and achievement in the Commonwealth for many years to come.”

Pictured in Photo Attached Left to Right: Franklin Jelsma, Prichard Committee Board Chair, Dr. Randy Poe, Julia Pile, Tony Raimondo, Laurel Raimondo Martin, Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Prichard Committee Executive Director.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group. Comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky, the Committee has worked to improve education for Kentuckians of all ages since 1983.



Sparking Interest in Parent Engagement in NKY, thank you Prichard Committee

I had the pleasure of co-leading round table discussions and being on a panel at a Parent Basecamp put on by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence this past weekend. The Prichard Committee’s Mission is to “To provide a public voice advocating for continually improved education for all Kentuckians.”

In Kentucky, we are extremely fortunate to have this organization.  The Prichard Committee created this one day opportunity for parents after receiving feedback from the region’s Superintendents.  For the past decade, The Prichard Committee has been training parents through a program called The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL).  I was fortunate enough to go through this program in 2012 and it was a life changer.  While the GCIPL program is 5 days long, Parent Basecamp was meant to be a first step for those who have an interest in becoming partners in our education system without the large time commitment.

The day was a wonderful experience.  At our round table discussions, Jim Detwiler (@JimDetwiler1), a good friend and Assistant Superintendent for Learning Support Services and I led the discussion using the Parent-School Partnership Continuum based on the book Beyond the Bake Sale by Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp.  This was a great discussion starter for parents who now had a tool to be able to reflect upon the culture at their school.  We then discussed ideas on how to start building relationships with their schools and open the dialogue on the benefits of moving along the continuum towards the goal of a Partnership school.  The participants had the opportunity to move around to four other tables to discuss other topics (from Kentucky Academic Standards, School Data, Removing Intimidation when Talking to your School’s Leadership and Being a Champion for Students and Education) and tools which they could use.

Lunchtime was a time for reflection on what they participants had learned so far.  It was fun seeing the light bulbs go off and the fires start to be lit in the attendees.  Of course, they had many questions and the Prichard Committee brought back a number of GCIPL Fellows (graduates) to help answer their questions and make connections or give them resources.

The last session which I attended was the panel discussion letting the participants hear about opportunities to get involved in Northern Kentucky.  Northern Kentucky Education Council, School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils, Parents for Public Schools, Hope Street Group, All Pro-Dads all had representatives there and I represented both Kentucky PTA and ParentCamp.  I love going to events such as these in that I always learn about something new and get excited about all the opportunities there are for parents to get involved.

My one takeaway confirms what ParentCamp is founded upon.  Parents want to get involved, they just don’t know how or who to talk to.  It is important for opportunities like Parent Basecamp and ParentCamp to continue to take place so that parents, guardians, mentors, grandparents raising grandchildren and advocates have a place to connect, find support and learn how to be involved in the education of our children.

Julie Pile (@juliepile)
ParentCamp Board Member
2014 GCIPL Fellow

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“We’re All in This Together” Blog Post by Kristin Kane, ParentCamp Attendee

Great blog post by ParentCamp DC attendee, Kristin Kane.

‘We’re All in This Together’: Reflections on ParentCamp 2016

Kristin Kane is parent of three children and an information specialist for the Virginia’s Parent Training and Information Center, where she works with families with special education needs throughout the state. You can follow her on Twitter: @kristinmatzkane


ParentCamp Pre-Event Meet-Up/Tweet-Up, Please join us!

Please join us for a pre-event Meet-Up!

Come mingle and meet other attendees of ParentCamp before the event!

Where:  Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
1456 Duke St
Alexandria, VA  22314

(Metro: King Street Station)

When:  Thursday, October 13th 7-9pm

Thank you to  Remind for sponsoring this event!





U.S. Department of Education partners with ParentCamp to hold ParentCamp: Improving Literacy Outcomes

The U.S. Department of Education is Celebrating the first anniversary of ParentCamp with a focus on improving literacy outcomes for all students.  This ParentCamp offers attendees an opportunity to share experiences, opinions, hopes and ideas that will improve the education and well-being of all children and their families.

For event details visit: