Kathleen “Penny” Christian
Kathleen “Penny” Christian is a native New Orleanian who has called Lexington, KY home since 1994. She and her husband Claude are the proud parents of 4 wonderful daughters. She has been fighting for equity in education for 20 plus years. Penny began her advocacy journey as PTA President at both the elementary and middle school levels. She then advanced to 16th District PTA President in Fayette County, from 2019-2021. She is currently a Vice President of Leadership Outreach for Kentucky PTA. Over the years, her advocacy work at the district level includes serving on the Parent Superintendent Interview Committee and Parent Representative on the District Safety Advisory Council. She has facilitated multiple presentations with school administrators on the importance of PTA and Family Engagement. One of the most rewarding experiences for her has been being selected as a member of the Inaugural Cohort of the EdTrust Family Fellowship. Recently, Kathleen completed her requirements to become a Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. As a result of her advocacy work, she is now also a Prichard Committee Member. Penny currently serves as a parent (family) representative on the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education.
Creating Open Education Systems
In-Person Session
TIs your system “open” or “closed”? Closed systems keep families and communities at arms length, limiting their engagement and empowerment. Open classrooms, open schools and open districts engage in true partnership with key stakeholders to co-create policies and systems. In this session, community leaders and educators share techniques for co-creating with your community, in service of greater equity and liberation. We’ll share real examples and insights from implementation from the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education, a state-wide coalition that has partnered with the Commissioner of Education to reimagine the future of education in Kentucky. (Justice, Healing)BD

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