Convening Partners

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes community partnerships to tackle systemic issues affecting students. JPEF serves as a research-led convener, bringing together school system leaders, partner organizations, funders, and the community to work on shared goals. Currently, our convening work is focused on recruiting and retaining diverse educators and co-leading the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in partnership with the Kids Hope Alliance.

Parents Who Lead



Parents Who Lead teaches parents/caregivers who want to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become change agents. Parents Who Lead is an initiative that seeks to turn parents/caregivers into civic leaders and a training ground in civics and democracy.

The initiative is a partnership between JPEF, Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Public Library and the Kids Hope Alliance.

Parent Leaders are offered 20 training sessions using the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum, which is built on adult learning practices. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund also supports Parents Who Lead alumni on community projects improving outcomes for students.

Kiersten Washell
Parents are not always patient when it comes to health and safety of our children. We demand immediate attention and swift solutions. Unfortunately, we are often disappointed because there is a process that we are not always made privy to. It is simple. Voice your concerns, grab the attention of the decision makers and wait…and then repeat. You will not be ignored and you will see results."
— Tiffany Clark

School Facts Jax

Get facts about Duval County Schools and compare school scores including student test scores, student demographics and specialized programs from the Florida Department of Education. 

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of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.