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District Providing Parent Leadership Training Program

Angela Geiger Flanagan is a parent with two children enrolled at Highland Park Elementary School.

She also works as a noon aide at Martin, while pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling.

Now, she is wearing yet another hat -- as the district’s new parent leadership training coordinator.

Geiger Flanagan, who recently started in this part time (15 hours a week) role, is busy preparing to launch two programs that will be starting in March:

People Empowering People: This is a personal and family development program with a strong community focus. It builds upon individual life experiences and strengths to encourage growth in communication and problem solving skills, parent/family relationships and community involvement.

Parents Supporting Educational Excellence: This course gives parents the chance to be part of a   classroom community interested in the details, the context, and the strategies to promote school practices that increase achievement for all students. They learn what to expect from schools, how to partner with them, and how to be a successful civic leader on education issues.

“I’m the type of parent who always tries to be on top of things,” said Geiger Flanagan, who in her new role is part of the district’s Family and Community Partnership office. “It’s really important. If you don’t know what’s going on, how are you really going to help your child?”

Scott Ratchford, director of the FCP office, said both parenting programs provide excellent opportunities.

“We recognize that our parents are assets whose partnership strengthens our efforts in the schools,” Ratchford said. “By building greater leadership and advocacy among our parents, our community and our young people all benefit.”

Both programs are free and include dinner during evening sessions as well as child care.

Anyone who would  like more information on either of these programs can email ageiger@mpspride.org or call 860-645-6041.

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