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  • 8 Steps to Becoming a School of Excellence
    Are you looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvement efforts? Are you already doing something meaningful in your school community, and want that hard work to be 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 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 and best practices in ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-10By Amy Weinberg
  • Why Do PTA’s Need Insurance?
    Sponsored Post: Being part of your local PTA is a great way to be involved and bettering the community is a very noble cause. What most people outside this network don’t know is, its hard work!! And there are an endless amount unseen details required for every field trip, every fundraiser and nearly every decision a PTA has to make. In the end, your PTA is run like a small business and takes on liability for all these decisions. So why does your PTA need insurance? Did you know that you as an individual member of the PTA or ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01By AIM Insurance
  • Building Character at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Pumpkin Delight School (Milford, Connecticut) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. Curiosity. Engaging. Problem Solving. Results. Creativity. – All important words that help to build character, scholarship and learning in our elementary students. In today’s society, we are limited to common core, state standards, and standardize testing. What can a PTA do to engage students? Utilize all their senses? Build ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24By Kristyn Liebelt
  • Things To Do in Columbus While at #PTACon19
    The 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo will be hosted in Columbus June 20-23. Ohio’s capital city has a large and diverse community with many things that you and your family can do. Maybe you want to get hands-on with science or eat some of the Midwest’s best food. Either way, both options (and many more) are possible. When you are not at #PTACon19, consider going to some of these places to explore the city and all that it has to offer.   Columbus Zoo and Aquarium The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to thousands of animals from all ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19By Darrell Robinson
  • Spark Family Engagement at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Bonny Kate PTA (Knox County, Tenn.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. The entire community of Bonny Kate Elementary School was so excited to learn that we had been awarded a PTA STEM + Families Initiative grant for a littleBits Invention Night. Invention Nights are incredible opportunities for family engagement. Last year, we had our inaugural STEAM Night and the ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19By Denise Cross
  • Have Robotics Fun at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Archer Elementary PTA (Archer, Fla.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. Despite having a robust Robotics program in our curriculum, our elementary school had never held any type of STEM event for families to get a taste of what their children were learning. Thanks to National PTA and littleBits awarding us the grant for 50 Little Bits Invention Kits, we ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12By Pam Korithoski
  • Experience the First-Ever State PTA Leadership Institute at #PTACon19
    Are you a State PTA Officer? Do you want to be? If you answered yes, then you will be thrilled with the Convention Education options at #PTACon19 in Columbus, Ohio. With more advanced workshops than ever, you’ll gain new strategies and hone your nonprofit management skills to strengthen every angle of your State PTA—leadership, membership and mission. For the first time, State PTA Presidents, Presidents-Elect and Incoming Presidents-Elect will have access to a continuous, shared learning experience called the State PTA Leadership experience. The kick-off event occurs pre-conference at a day-long training featuring author and well-known communications trainer, Shari ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12By Mary Pat King
  • New! On-Demand Training Series Launches for State Leaders
    National PTA has launched a new state PTA training series: Leadership Drives Membership. This seven-segment video series features a complementary self-reflection and discussion guide for State PTA Boards, Committees and other State PTA Leaders seeking to improve strategies that increase membership. All videos are between 15-30 minutes and can be viewed on-demand in the Membership section of the State Resource Bank. This comprehensive training was a cross-committee, volunteer-staff collaboration to include members of the National PTA Membership Committee, chaired by Vice President of Membership Anna King, National PTA Field Services Committee, chaired by Darlene Harris, and the National PTA ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-11By Mary Pat King
  • Help Your PTAs Make a P.L.A.N. with E-Learning & Other Training Tools
    National PTA transformed the DIY Kit for Membership Growth into an interactive course for Local PTA Leaders: Membership 101 – Design Your Membership P.L.A.N. If you’d like to bring the DIY Kit for Membership Growth to life, check out our training tools on the State Resource Bank to include: DIY Membership Plan PowerPoint Facilitator’s Guide Handouts: DIY Guide for Your PTA Membership P.L.A.N. Role Play Scenarios Goal-Setting Worksheets 10 Reasons to Belong to PTA Membership flyer for Parents/Educators(also in Spanish) PTA Membership Goal Thermometer Poster 10 Reasons to Belong to PTA Pocket Guide(also in Spanish) State PTAs will ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-10By Mary Pat King
  • Voices for Wear Orange
    In my community, everyone can tell you where they were the day of the Columbine High School shooting. When I hear anything about a mass shooting, people whose faces I know who were hurt, traumatized, or killed at Columbine, pass through my mind… people whose lives changed the instant a gun fired inside a school. Many people who were there that day have gone on to have great lives with little connection to the shooting. Some have not been that lucky. Most can easily be triggered each time a new shooting hits the news in our community, Deer Creek… ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-08By Ami Prichard
  • The Road Ahead: Federal Education Funding in Fiscal Year 2020
    To understand where Congress goes next in this year’s education funding process, it is important to understand the journey up to this point. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently in the thick of its funding process, which is more commonly known as appropriations. They must, along with the U.S. Senate, fund education programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 by September 30, 2019. Last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved the House version of the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill. The bill provides crucial funding for education and related programs that serve millions of students across the country, including ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-07By Darrell Robinson
  • Engage Your School to Prevent Online Child Exploitation
    June is Internet Safety Month, so this is a great time to learn more about the risks that children face online and what we can do to help keep them safe. In 2018 alone, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline® received more than 18.4 million reports of online child sexual exploitation. The majority of these tips were related to: Apparent child sexual abuse imagery Online enticement, including “sextortion” Child sex trafficking Online enticement involves an individual communicating with a child on the internet to commit a sexual offense or abduction. Similarly, “sextortion” is a process ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-06By Eliza Harrel
  • Make Connections at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Hollin Meadows PTA (Alexandria, Va.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. If you are looking for a way to get your school community involved in a meaningful, engaging and fun activity, consider hosting a National PTA Invention Night sponsored by littleBits! This event allows students and families to make so many connections—both the science kind and the personal kind! We ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-05By Eileen Gorman
  • The Summer of STEM
    Original post: https://medium.com/stem-next-opportunity-fund/2019-the-summer-of-stem-e7755ebae5e7  “Not all summers are created equal.” We agree with this assessment from Laura Johnson, VP of Communications at the National Summer Learning Association. STEM Next Opportunity Fund puts forward the challenge — Let’s empower families so that every child has access to quality summer learning. Summer can offer time to explore new subjects and go deep into personal interests. Summer can also increase the opportunity gap. We know that kids from under-resourced communities may fall behind in academics, while kids in higher-income families increase skills over the summer months. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s research that ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-31By Linda Kekelis
  • Building an Army to Prevent Bullying
    Spotlight on Carlstadt PTA: Ever since I heard the news about a 12-year-old girl from Rockaway, N.J. committing suicide due to bullying, I couldn’t shake the story. Maybe I couldn’t shake it because I live in New Jersey, and my daughter was 12-years-old at the time I heard the news. Or, maybe it was because it was unfathomable to me that we lived in a society that would allow someone to feel such great pain that they felt the only solution was to take their own life. That 12-year-old girl’s name was Mallory Grossman. She was a beautiful young ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-30By Michele Romano