Parents as partners: making a difference in education

Monday, September 23, 2013

For decades the Anoka Hennepin School District has been a strong proponent of parent involvement in all preK12 programming. The research in this area is consistent, positive and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.

I experienced the parent volunteer role many years ago when our oldest son entered kindergarten at Ramsey Elementary. The experience was life changing. As a parent, I gained a deeper understanding of our son’s educational experience that year. Even more critical, was the development of engagement opportunities with all members of the Ramsey Elementary community. Throughout the years of our sons’ experiences in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, it was valuable for both them as they recognized our strong collaborative effort as parents with the school community and for us in being a part of our children’s education.

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