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  • How Families Can Drive Social and Emotional Learning
    Think back to the many wonderful moments of summer break as a child. Having the freedom to play, lead, think, and simply exist in your own unique way, testing your limits and sharing your imagination and ideas without the filters and regulations of the academic environment. Now, imagine losing all of that in an instant. All of the joy. All of the freedom. All the imagination. That can be what it’s like for youth to begin the school year and shift into an environment where their social and emotional well-being is not adequately encouraged or supported. As an active ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-17By Makeba Giles
  • Go Back to School Thinking About Your End Game
    It begins again! When’s the first PTA meeting? When is Open House? Do we have enough volunteers? Where’s the budget? Who has the membership forms? It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of preparing PTA for a new school year. Want some advice? Think about the “end game” to help you focus on what matters. It’s so much easier to get to where you want to go if you know where you want to end up! How many young people will your PTA touch this year? How many will decide to be a writer because of the PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-13By Deborah Walsh
  • Cobb Middle School – Rise to Excellence Celebration
      Cobb Middle School PTA in Frisco, Texas had a great deal to celebrate at their Rise to Excellence event as a 2017-2019 National PTA School of Excellence and the 2017 National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Award winner. Cobb Middle School is the first school in Frisco ISD to receive the School of Excellence designation and the first school in Texas to receive the Hearst Award, National PTA’s highest honor for effective family engagement. Filling the auditorium in attendance at the celebration event were Cobb Middle School students, staff, administration, the PTA Board of Trustees and past PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-01By Amy Weinberg
  • School of Excellence: Bringing the National Standards to Life
    The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family School Partnerships. The standards are the foundation for the National PTA School of Excellence program and are embedded into our practice. They articulate what family engagement should look like at the school level.  These standards are in use by school, PTA and community leaders nationwide as a framework for thinking about, structuring, and assessing family engagement. Here are some actual examples of how some 2017-2019 National PTA Schools of ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-25By Amy Weinberg
  • Enroll in the 2018-19 School of Excellence Program
    Maybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that recognized. In either case, National PTA’s School of Excellence program offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and to earn recognition for your PTA and school. By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Throughout the ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-12By Amy Weinberg
  • Snack Duty Made Simple
    (Sponsored Post) Many school snacks of today would have been hard to imagine even just 10 years ago. When I was growing up, most products available on campus were synonymous with indulgence. I vividly remember my mom helping with school fundraisers … I couldn’t wait for the bake sale! A lot has changed since I was a kid. Today, the items available to our children at school still taste delightful—but the products’ nutritional content has drastically improved for the better. The Vegas Family enjoying post-snack time activities This is all because we’ve raised the bar for foods and beverages ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-15By Elizabeth Vegas
  • What to Bring to #PTACon18
    Do you have packing panic? Got the what-to-put-in-my-bags blues? If you’re wondering what to pack with you to bring to the 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo June 21-24 in New Orleans, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! As the date is quickly approaching, we wanted to share some tips to help you better prepare for your trip. Here are some items you should include with you to #PTACon18 in New Orleans: Cardigan/Light Jacket/Sweater: A sweater can be a great accessory to any outfit. While the average temperature in New Orleans will be 80 degrees Fahrenheit (and higher!), the air conditioning ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-13By Saron Messay
  • Membership Matters: The Annual Report
    Ending the year right is as important as getting it started right. One important and valuable step for wrapping up your PTA year is putting together and offering your members some type of Annual Report. This is an end-of-the-year report that sums up all of the great work your PTA has done and is a powerful resource to inspire support for your association. Among other things, the Annual Report allows: Everyone recruiting members to easily show what your PTA has done and what their membership will support. Everyone who is or has been a member to see what their membership ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-11By Ivelisse Castro
  • What Can Your PTA Do About the Opioid Epidemic?
    It seems that no matter where you turn, there are more and more reports about the opioid epidemic. It has impacted everyone across the country regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. This is an equal-opportunity epidemic—meaning no one is immune. However, there is still a negative public perception about individuals who struggle with substance use disorders. The myth that it is a willpower issue or “they deserve what they get” fuels the stigma that often stops people from reaching out and asking for help. In order to get an understanding of where our country is with ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-07By Susanne Smoller
  • Family-Friendly Things to Do in New Orleans
    You may be surprised to learn that this 300-year-old city—the birthplace of jazz and the home of Mardi Gras—is an ideal destination for families with kids. As we gear up for our annual convention, which will be hosted in New Orleans June 21-24, we wanted to make sure you knew about a few of the best kid-friendly things to do in the Big Easy. New Orleans is a dynamic city that brings your family amazing culture, food, music, and festivals, in addition to an array of child-friendly activities that you will not be able to find anywhere else. In ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-05By Saron Messay
  • Membership Matters: Focus on the Mission
    FastCompany recently published an article asking, “Which brands inspire consumers the most with their missions?” The article, written by Adele Peters, reports on an annual survey called the World Value Index. The World Value Index evaluates companies, nonprofits and some social movements that have come to be identified as brands–and studies how well their purpose or mission succeeds in inspiring consumers. Do you think your community knows the PTA mission by your activities and actions? “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” Enso, which published a list of ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-01By Mary Jo Neil
  • Becoming a School of Excellence: Pearson’s Corner Elementary School PTA
    Do you want to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements or do you want to see the meaningful work your PTA and school is already doing recognized nationally? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to become a nationally-recognized PTA School of Excellence? Here’s how one PTA took part in the program and celebrated their designation as a 2017-2019 National PTA School of Excellence. During the 2016-2017 school year, Pearson’s Corner Elementary School (PCES) PTA in Virginia committed themselves to improving family, school and community partnerships by enrolling in the School of Excellence program. After taking ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-30By Amy Weinberg
  • PTA Palooza?! What’s that you say?
    We’re bringing New Orleans to you in our Expo Hall at the 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo! Don’t miss this free, family-friendly community event. So, what the heck is a PTA Palooza? PTA Palooza (noun). An exciting, brand-new event during the PTA Convention in New Orleans occurring Saturday, June 23 from 10:15 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chalk full of fun and local flair, PTA Palooza will feature more than 100 exhibitors in the school and family category offering hands-on activities, roaming entertainment by a stilt walker and magician, and face painting for everyone! ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-25By Jennifer Bradley
  • Support the Arts at #PTACon18
    This year at our 2018 Convention & Expo, National PTA has made a commitment to the arts by supporting New Orleans-based nonprofit KID smART in their work to engage children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts. KID smART was created in 1999 in response to the decreasing availability of arts education in local public schools with the vision to empower all children to unlock their full academic, creative and personal potential. Their current focus is arts integration—linking instruction in the arts with instruction in the academic curriculum to increase students’ academic achievement, build their critical thinking ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-23By Amy Weinberg
  • We Need All Voices at the Table When Discussing School Safety
    We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday. It was the second shooting at a high school in the past week and the second mass shooting at a school this year. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment, and no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school. More must be done immediately to keep our children safe. After the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, President Trump established the Federal School Safety Commission ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-21By Corinne Canning