Communication and public relations
The communication and public relations department promotes communication as a vehicle to build trust with Anoka-Hennepin communities, confidence in the district and its schools, and support for providing a high quality education for all students. All district employees, regardless of their job, share a role in communicating information about the district and/or their school as they interact with students, parents/guardians and others. The communication and public relations department provides support and information to employees so they can be more effective in their role as communicators.
As a public institution, Anoka-Hennepin is also accountable to parents/guardians and other citizens, informing them about their investment in public education and seeking their insight on helping the school district deliver high quality educational programs that meet the needs of its students and communities.
What is school public relations?
"Education public relations is a planned, systematic management function, designed to help improve the programs and services of an educational organization. It relies on a comprehensice, two-way communication provess involving both internal and external publics with the goal of stimulating better understanding of the role, objectives, accomplishments, and needs of the organization. Educational public relations programs assist in interpeting public attitudes, identify and help shape policies and procedures in the public interest, and carry on involvement and information activities which earn public support and understanding." Source: National School Public Relations Association, "New Standards for the School Public Relations Profession," 2002
For best practices on AHlert/Blackboard mass notification, website, e-newsletter, social media and more visit ahschools.us/BestPractices.
In the Know staff e-newsletter
Anoka-Hennepin's staff e-newsletter, In the Know, is sent every week during the school year as a way to keep staff informed of the news affecting the district and its employees.
In the Know is chock-full of district news, links to events and district publications. Each issue is sent in HTML format and features colorful graphics and photos.
Check out the archived staff e-newsletter issues and articles from 2003-summer 2022 via Google Drive.
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In the Know - Feb. 3 2023
2022-23 archived In the Know newsletters
Feb. 3, 2023
Jan. 27, 2023
Jan. 20, 2023
Jan. 13, 2023
Jan. 6, 2023
Dec. 30, 2022
Dec. 22, 2022
Dec. 16, 2022
Dec. 9, 2022
Dec. 2, 2022
Nov. 23, 2022
Nov. 18, 2022
Nov. 11, 2022
Nov. 4, 2022
Oct. 28, 2022
Oct. 19, 2022
Oct. 14, 2022
Oct. 7, 2022
Sept. 30, 2022
Sept. 23, 2022
Sept. 16, 2022
Sept. 9, 2022
Sept. 2, 2022
Aug. 26, 2022
Aug. 12, 2022
Aug. 5, 2022
July 29, 2022
(02/07/2023) The Appreciation of Diversity speaker series is offered in alignment with the Anoka-Hennepin Equity Achievement Plan, a coordinated effort to promote high academic achievement for all students and eliminate predictable and persistent gaps between student groups.
(01/27/2023) On Jan. 1, 2023, the self-help app, Sanvello, transitioned to Self Care by AbleTo. Self Care includes many of the same features and benefits as the Sanvello app and UnitedHealthcare eligible members will still have access at no cost.
(01/20/2023) Optum, the district’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and WorkLife Services are available to employees utilizing UnitedHealthcare benefits at no extra cost.
(10/14/2022) Phil Knutson, a former longtime educator in Anoka-Hennepin, has passed away.
(07/29/2022) Jill Parent, a former teacher at the district’s COMPASS program, has passed away. She was 56 years old.
Executive Director of Communication and Public Relations