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 - June 2, 2023
2022-23 archived In the Know newsletters
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16 Anoka-Hennepin educators earn master’s degrees through Work and Learn program, a partnership with the University of St. Thomas
(06/07/2023) Anoka-Hennepin and the University of St. Thomas have a partnership that provides hands-on experience to support success in future teaching careers. Sixteen Anoka-Hennepin employees participating in the Grow Your Own program recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with master’s degrees and teaching licensure in special education through the Work and Learn Program.
More than 1,160 pounds lost: Real Appeal® helping Anoka-Hennepin employees
(06/02/2023) Since January, employees utilizing UnitedHealthcare benefits have had access to Real Appeal®, an online weight loss program, and in the first four months 167 members of the program have reported 1,162 total pounds lost.
UnitedHealthcare June engagement toolkit: Celebrating our differences
(06/01/2023) To support Anoka-Hennepin School District employees, UnitedHealthcare has created a monthly engagement toolkit to support employee health and well-being.
Open enrollment period for health insurance benefits begins May 30
(05/23/2023) The open enrollment period for health insurance benefits is May 30-June 13 with the effective date of September 1, 2023. Open enrollment materials will be delivered to each employee’s building mailbox on Tuesday, May 30.
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Dr. Robert Blaine, former Anoka-Hennepin employee, has passed away
Dr. Robert Blaine, former Anoka-Hennepin Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, has passed away.
David Owens, former longtime educator at Jackson Middle School, has passed away
(04/13/2023) David Owens, a former longtime educator at Jackson Middle School, has passed away.
Executive Director of Communication and Public Relations