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  • It’s Not Too Late To PTA!
    It’s been a school year like no other. Many schools remain closed, offer hybrid attendance or are open one day and closed the next due to increased cases of COVID-19 in the community. But PTAs don’t need a school building to support their families! Are you still PTA/PTSA-ing in your school communities? Kids, families, teachers, principals and schools need your PTA more than ever this year. Your PTA can play a key role in helping support your school community in these tough times. It’s not too late to PTA this school year! If you had a slow start to ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-17By Kirthana Krishnathasan
  • National PTA Demystifies School Funding
    Do you feel intimidated by issues related to school funding and education finance? You are not alone. We surveyed parents and caregivers around the country and many shared that they feel clueless and frustrated by how difficult it is to find basic information. In fact, less than a third (32%) of participants agreed they have a general understanding of how their child’s school district uses its funding. Even fewer (29%) agreed they know where to find information on school funding in their community. School funding is too important of a topic for parents to sit on the sidelines. Families’ ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-11By Rebecca Bauer
  • National PTA Celebrates Look Within Reflections Artists
    For over fifty years, the National PTA Reflections program has provided opportunities for recognition and access to the arts, which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. The arts program honors student creativity through six Reflections categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.  In response to an annual theme, thousands of students across the country and in U.S. schools abroad submit artwork and can be recognized with awards and prizes at the local, county, district, region and then state PTA levels. Just over 200 students are recognized at a national level for their artistic achievements in the arts each year.    At the national ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-05By Sarah Scalet
  • You’re Invited! Join us for the 2021 Virtual Legislative Conference
    Happy New Year! It seems like just yesterday that we were all gathered at the Westin in Old Towne Alexandria for the 2020 Legislative Conference. PTA Advocates were on Capitol Hill the last day it was opened to the public before the pandemic. So much has happened since then. PTA has been busy advocating for COVID relief and a safe reopening of schools, as well as for funding and support for remote learning, child nutrition, social and emotional learning and broadband access for all. We have been affected deeply by the escalated racism and echoed the calls for social ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-04By Yvonne Johnson
  • We Have a Winner! The Reflections Program’s Annual Theme Search is Complete
    Did you know that students develop the Reflections program’s annual overarching theme? Each year, students from across the country and in U.S. schools abroad submit theme suggestions for a future Reflections program cycle. The Reflections Theme Search Contest’s winning theme goes on to inspire thousands of student artists.  We are excited to announce that Jason Yevin, a 10th grader from Salk/Macarthur PTSA in New York, is the 2022-2023 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner! The 2022-2023 Reflections program theme will be … [drumroll please] … ‘Show Your Voice!’. Congratulations to Jason!  To determine the 2022-2023 Reflections program’s theme, students submitted their most inventive ideas to their State PTAs. State ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-01By Sarah Scalet
  • PTA Elections Are Coming Soon! Are You Ready?
    How does your state or local PTA prepare for the elections of new officers? You should first look at the bylaws of your PTA to see what they say. Under normal circumstances, there are usually two ways; one that has been used for years at your local PTA (this may be different than what your bylaws state) and the one that is designated through Robert’s Rules of Order that are the standard to use when your organization has not set up a process. Timing is crucial! Set your date of the scheduled election meeting, based on your bylaws and ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-08By National PTA Elections Committee
  • 2021 Healthy Habit New Year’s Resolutions
    Help minimize the spread of germs this new year Even though the calendar has turned to a new year, COVID-19 is still a presence in our lives, and practicing healthy habits is as important as ever. So, this year, choose New Year’s resolutions that will help minimize the spread of illness-causing germs. Lysol and National PTA recommend the following 2021 resolutions for the entire family: Wash your hands often.Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and remember to lather ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-04By Lysol
  • The Real PTA Fact Checks Netflix’s The Prom
    High School. We’ve all been there. It’s a time when adolescence, education and socialization meet to give teens a preview of adulthood and life. During these years, all teens want to find their tribe, fit in and experience all the traditional activities like prom night. I’m sure you remember your high school prom and all its unforgettable moments—good and maybe not so good. That’s the backdrop of the new Netflix film, The Prom. Released earlier this month, The Prom is a musical comedy about a group of struggling Broadway stars who go to a small Indiana town to ... read more
    Published on 2020-12-18By Leslie Boggs
  • The Holiday Season Online Safety Refresh
    Now that all of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been packed away, we’ve entered the final sprint of the year—the holiday gifting season! Historically, the holidays are a time when devices are purchased in families, whether the gifts are first-time devices or upgrades. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is even more likely that holiday wish lists will include devices this year. That means this is an important time for families to begin or do a refresh of key online safety tips. The hardest part in any conversation is the beginning, which is why National PTA developed The Smart Talk—an ... read more
    Published on 2020-12-03By Alyssa Montchal
  • Thank Your School Leader for Their Hard Work This Year
    You know the old saying, “It’s lonely at the top.” We all know the larger your constituent audience… the more demands are put on you, the harder it is to please diverse viewpoints and expectations and the greater the understanding that you are there to make sure the needs of others are being met, not your own. And gratitude is sometimes forgotten in the mix. Parents understand this. Many of our mouths would fall open if our children came forward with a heartfelt thank you just for doing our routine day-to-day jobs. No stressors there—just being a ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-24By Nathan R. Monell, CAE
  • Help Curb the Spread of Germs During the Colder Months
    This year, flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading during the colder months. With flu symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, it is especially important for children to practice healthy habits to avoid getting sick. When children are healthy, they can be present both physically and mentally to experience the magic of learning. As we enter cold and flu season, Lysol and National PTA encourage parents, teachers and schools to take the necessary precautions during the fall and winter seasons: Get vaccinated: The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-23By Lysol
  • Transforming Family Engagement in High School
    Even during a “normal” school year, engaging parents and caregivers of high school students can be challenging. As kids get older and more capable of organizing their own school and extracurricular lives, families often wonder what role they should play in their teen’s education. Research demonstrates a clear drop off in participation: 92% of parents of K-2 students attended a parent-teacher conference, compared to only 58% of parents of high school students. Similarly, while more than half of parents of K-5 students volunteered at school, only 32% of parents of high school students did the same. But… participation is only part of the story of what family engagement looks like ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-20By Rebecca Bauer
  • Lifetouch Memory Mission 2020: The Spirit of Giving
    Giving back is at the very heart of Lifetouch. The Memory Mission has been the cornerstone of Lifetouch’s Give Back efforts since 2000. Most recently, in January 2020, 50 volunteers returned to Rio Grande, Dominican Republic to add on to a school that was built in 2016-2018. The team worked side-by-side with local construction workers to build the walls of a two-story building that will be the school library, a computer lab and a community infirmary. View highlights of the 2020 Lifetouch Memory Mission recap video with President-Elect Anna King and the other volunteers. During the 2019 National PTA ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-18By admin
  • The National PTA Legacy: The Past, The Present, The Future—The Work that Connects Us
    In my last blog, I shared with you the story of what is happening today throughout our country. A story that connects the PTA work of today with the legacy of our founders. We shared how our unique structure and our long history of serving all children and families made us the only organization perfectly situated to help meet the immediate needs of communities during this time, while also acknowledging and addressing the systemic causes. Today, I want to share with you in a little more detail about what these PTAs are doing, how these PTAs are doing it ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-28By Kelly Langston
  • How Parents Feel About Assessments in a Pandemic
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and safety of students and educators remains at the forefront of every parent and family’s mind this school year. It’s hard to focus on anything else, but when it comes to education, these are not the only concerns. The effects of the pandemic on our students are much further reaching than simply the way in which they are learning this school year. The pandemic has further illuminated and exacerbated education inequities across the nation. Since the pandemic began, National PTA has been advocating for dedicated funding for public schools to address COVID-19 ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-23By Leslie Boggs
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