Gov. Dave Heineman and first lady Sally Ganem are encouraging parents to become more involved with their children's education and proclaiming August as Parental Involvement in Education Month in Nebraska.
"It is important that as parents, we take every
opportunity to get more actively involved in your child's learning,"
Heineman explained. He encouraged parents to set high expectations, meet with teachers and take an active interest in their child's education as a way to help their children reach their educational goals.
"I hope more parents will take this opportunity to
contact their children's schools to find out what resources exist to help them
get more actively involved it their student's learning," Heineman said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The governor and first lady went on to highlight the work of the Nebraska Community Learning Center Network, a statewide public-private partnership that promotes school-community collaborations.
The network will present activities at the Nebraska
State Fair in Grand Island focused on the application of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM
These types of community collaborations are used to offer families a chance to get engaged in supporting their student's education, which then, officials say, leads to increased school attendance, positive behavior and improved academic performance.
First lady Sally Ganem, a former elementary school teacher and principal, said, "Parents and teachers working together is an essential element in student learning and academic achievement."