• 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
  • Join the First-Timers Experience at National PTA Convention!
    Are you a PTA mission believer and achiever? A PTA leader of leaders? An advocate who wants better for our students and schools nationwide? Then we’ll see you at 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo June 21-24 in beautiful and historic New Orleans, La. In true New Orleans hospitality, we will welcome our first-time attendees with extra kindness. We will show you how to navigate National PTA’s largest and most comprehensive leadership development experience while making the networking easy for you! Here are your three FIRST steps to making sure this is your best PTA decision ever: Come to ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-15By Mary Pat King
  • Help Your Child Feel Confident and Ready for the State Test
    Spring is here—with longer, warmer days and the promise of the end of the school year. As the school year winds down, it means it’s that time of year when children across the country are asked to “show what they know” by taking their state’s annual test in math and English language arts. As the expert on your child, you see firsthand all the different ways your child is developing.  Along with grades and teacher feedback, the state test can help you know how well your child is mastering the grade level skills needed to keep progressing in school. ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-07By Bibb Hubbard
  • Enjoy Summer Vacation to the Fullest with Healthy Habits
    School is almost out for the summer, and students are looking forward to the pool parties, travel and beach days ahead. Use these easy and effective tips to help prevent illness this summer to ensure children have a safe and fun vacation. Stay Clean: While kids are on summer vacation, school’s not out for germs. The fun outdoor activities keep children busy but also mean germs and bacteria are being spread throughout the home. Remember to disinfect areas in your home regularly to help prevent the spread of germs. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and Lysol Disinfectant Spray kill 99.9% of ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-04By Rory Tait
  • The Military Education Savings Account Act: Detrimental to Public Schools and Families
    Earlier this year, Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) and Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced House and Senate versions of the Military Education Savings Accounts Act (HR 5199 / S 2517). This bill would create an Education Savings Account (ESA) program that would allow children with an active-duty parent in the military to use a voucher to attend a private school.  National PTA opposes this bill as it would divert much-needed public funds away from public schools and into the hands of unaccountable private schools. ESAs are simply private school vouchers by another name. They shift public money—in this ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-30By Hannah Engle
  • 5 Secrets to Finding the Perfect Balance as PTA Leader AND a Parent
    (Sponsored Post) Let’s be honest. Parents are some of the busiest people on Earth. And when you add in a PTA leadership role, it can be tough to juggle responsibilities at home and at school. So how do you strike the right balance? After working with thousands of PTA leaders, and helping them run over 10,000 successful fundraisers during the past 16 years, at Boosterthon we’ve learned a thing or two about serving in a parent organization. Here are five simple secrets to creating a healthy balance between being a parent and a PTA leader.  1. Schedule and save Leading ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-27By Boosterthon