There are many ways for parents, community members, businesses and organizations to get involved with Cincinnati Public Schools.
Check with Your Local School
Opportunities abound at each Cincinnati Public school. Different schools need help in different ways. Check with the school's Resource Coordinator or principal about what a school might need.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Volunteers: Schools may need people to help out in classrooms, lunchrooms and on the playground, as well as volunteers to help with field trips or in the office.
- Parent Organizations: Many schools have Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) or Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) that organize events and fund-raising efforts and are looking for active members.
- Guest Speakers: Schools may want volunteers to speak on Career Days or to share special talents or skills with young people.
- Donations: Donations of money always are welcomed, and, in addition, schools often can benefit from donations of materials such as wood, fabric, paint, etc. for children to use in art classes and for class projects.
- Decision-Making Committees: Each school has a Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) responsible for making suggestions on the school's budget, helping to set school goals, and sometimes selecting a new principal.
- Alumni Associations: Some high schools have active alumni associations that help with various functions to improve school environments.
- Tutoring: By volunteering as a tutor and spending a small amount of time at a school each week, you provide individual help to a student, reinforcing basic concepts and taking the time to explain complex lessons. For information on tutoring, contact Dara Jenkins, CPS' volunteer coordinator: (513) 363-0569; firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent-Engagement Initiatives and Activities:
- Parent Leadership Institute: Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati (PPSGC), one of CPS' partners, has created a Parent Leadership Institute to train parents in ways to impact student achievement in their child's school.
Working with the Mayerson Academy, which coordinates professional development for the district, PPSGC customized a parent leadership development program for CPS' parents based on an award-winning model created by the Pritchard Committee of Lexington, Kentucky.
This program helps to identify and develop parent leaders who can then engage other parents to ensure that schools provide a quality public education for all children.
- Family-Friendly Schools: Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to creating a family-friendly environment and improving customer service at every level — from the signs that greet you in entrance hallways to voice and e-mail messages.
- PowerSchool: This exciting parent communication tool allows parents to view their child's assignments and grades, as well as attendance and discipline records, in a secure environment via the Internet. A computer has been provided at each school to allow parents access to PowerSchool.
- Parent eNewsletter: The district sends out timely news and information via email. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please email Sheila Hess.
Helping Your Child
Join a Local Educational Organization
There are many organizations that assist the students of the Cincinnati Public Schools and education in general.
- Cincinnati Parents for Public Schools (CPPS) Parents for Public Schools serves as a forum for parents to have a voice in school reform efforts. (513) 751-5437
- Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) The collaborative pulls together business, education and civic representatives to help young people graduate from high school with the skills and motivation to become productive members of society.
- CYC Mentoring/Tutoring Volunteers are matched with individual students to work one-on-one, providing support and encouragement and improving students' academic skills. (513) 363-5200
- Partners in Education (PIE) This program matches local businesses with schools so their employees can share their time and talents. (513) 363-5200
- Cincinnati/Ohio Reads This organization provides volunteers to help students improve their reading skills in the classroom. 513-621-7323
Center for Law and Education
Family Education Network
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Parent Information & Parent Resource Center
Parent Involvement Matters
U.S. Department of Education