Roosevelt Middle School began a journey, in 2006-07, focused on maintaining and improving its partnerships with family and community. We chose to become one of the schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District that are part of a nation-wide network of schools promoting community partnerships. One of the components of this journey to becoming a partnership school is to establish a diverse action team comprised of staff, parents, and community members.
The purpose of the action team is to:
- Sustain and improve family and community connections that support student success at home, school and in the community.
- Explore new and innovative ideas for partnering with families and the community.
- Establish goals that involve the entire community and assist Roosevelt students in their achievement and success in school and life.
- Work with a national network of schools, districts, and states, all striving to develop partnerships that help students succeed.
- Collaborate with the Roosevelt Site Council (RSC) and Volunteer Program.
Established in 1996 by national researches at Johns Hopkins University, the National Network of Partnership Schools is directed by well-known parent involvement researcher, Joyce Epstein. We've all heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child." The philosophy of a partnership school is based on the premise that if all members of a community work together to care for our children, they will do better in school and life.
The Partnership School concept is based on 6 types of involvement, developed by Joyce Epstein and her colleagues. They are:
- Type 1 Parenting - Help all families establish home environments to support children
- Type 2 Communicating - Design effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communication about school programs and their children's progress
- Type 3 Volunteering - Recruit and organize parent help & support
- Type 4 Learning at Home - Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning
- Type 5 Decision Making - Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders
- Type 6 Collaborating with the Community - Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning and development