FIRE Academy in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has involved more than 200 parents at six different schools over the past 18 months. The goal is to form a stronger partnership of parents and school staff that will benefit children and their academic success.
Moms and dads, originally from Somalia and Spanish-speaking countries, are learning about the American educational system and how they can support their children’s academic success both at home and at school through the Family Involvement in a Rich Education (FIRE) Academy in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
“Because our new immigrant parents now know so much more about the educational system, they feel more confident in helping prepare their children for post- secondary experiences,” said Dr. Stacie Stanley, the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and student support services. “I have heard from numerous parents about just how much the FIRE program has empowered them and I see many benefits for our students.”
“Our goal is to reduce historical gaps in achievement. When we look at a student’s race, socioeconomic level or English language proficiency, we have one strong message — all students can learn and succeed, and it is our collective responsibility to guide our children towards making the most of their educational opportunities,” said Dr. Joe Gothard, Superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
Read more about the FIRE Academy in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in the September 2016 issue of Connections.