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  • 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
  • Emergency Relief Funding – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
    The National PTA Legacy:  The Past, The Present, The Future – The Work that Connects Us National PTA was founded over 120 years ago. This is how long PTAs have been doing work in our communities. Let that sink in… And today, the work continues. PTAs are alive and active in over 21,000 units and in PTAs continue the work our founders started to ensure every child reaches their potential. I’d like to share a story with you. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at our 120-year legacy – the past, the present, the future and ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-09By Kelly Langston
  • Welcome Back Packs for a Safe Return to School
    Lysol provides teachers and schools with resources to teach healthy habits   Back to school looks different this year for students nationwide, and it is as important as ever for heathy habits to be taught and practiced both inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why Lysol created Welcome Back Packs as part of the brand’s HERE for Healthy Schools Initiative to help curb the spread of illness. Welcome Back Packs are designed to help schools reopen safely and include fun and educational resources and materials such as posters, mirror clings, floor decals, and more to help schools ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-08By Lysol
  • Tips for How to Fundraise in These Times
    For most people, it’s hard to even begin to process how different the school experience is for children today, let alone administrators, teachers and staff. It’s simply complicated beyond compare. And then, as a parent leader, try figuring out how you can still raise those critically needed funds with all of the changes at your school. Can it even be done? The answer is an encouraging “yes!” Schools and parent associations still have big financial needs even with remote learning, A/B schedules, and masks making things a bit more challenging. “We’ve lost tens of thousands of dollars from ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-07By Booster
  • Celebrating Arts & Humanities through the School of Excellence
    National PTA and the School of Excellence program recognize that schools and PTAs can take an active role in supporting of arts education. Throughout the country, arts education programming is being slashed, leaving all students, artists or not, without a creative outlet to explore their own experiences and identities. Understanding this, some of our School of Excellence participants take up the mantle of supporting the arts in their school communities no matter how difficult. In honor of their hard work and Arts & Humanities month, let us explore how some of the 2019-2021 School of Excellence designees used ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-23By Ellie Miller
  • Celebrating Arts & Humanities through the School of Excellence
    National PTA and the School of Excellence program recognize that schools and PTAs can take an active role in supporting of arts education. Throughout the country, arts education programming is being slashed, leaving all students, artists or not, without a creative outlet to explore their own experiences and identities. Understanding this, some of our School of Excellence participants take up the mantle of supporting the arts in their school communities no matter how difficult. In honor of their hard work and Arts & Humanities month, let us explore how some of the 2019-2021 School of Excellence designees used ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-23By Ellie Miller
  • How to Get the Technology Your Local PTA Needs
    The first question we often hear at National PTA is … are PTAs allowed to spend PTA dollars on technology? The answer is a resounding YES. Your local PTA is a membership association and a non-profit business. PTAs can budget for, and spend money on, any technology that will be used by the PTA. This year, PTAs across the country must pivot to the new reality of the business world during the COVID-19 pandemic. That means figuring out how to run your PTA either partially, or fully, virtual. This pivot will benefit your PTA well beyond the pandemic as well. It is important to note that many of the below items ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-18By Linda Johnson
  • Show Your PTA Value to Sustain and Grow Your Membership
    This school year will be a year like no other in PTA history. All of us must look at how we PTA in a different way. You may have heard the phrase “PTA flexible.” This is the year to show PTA flexible in action across everything we do. Just like schools have had to pivot, so do PTAs. You don’t need a building to PTA. PTA is needed now more than ever. Many parents are feeling disconnected and disengaged from their school and community. PTAs can make those connections and rebuild the school community. To do this, PTAs ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-16By Suzan Yungner
  • Family Safety with Uber
    Using Uber With Family? Health & Safety Tips To Keep In Mind As cities start to recover and reopen and kids go back to school whether in-person or virtually, many families are relying on rideshare and delivery apps like Uber and Uber Eats. Whether it’s going to an appointment, helping your college student move around campus, or ordering lunch or dinner while working from home – we want Uber to continue being a convenient option that makes safety a top priority for parents, caregivers and families. For the past two years, Uber has been collaborating with the National ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-14By Uber
  • Back to School with YouTube Kids and YouTube Learning
    For my family, Back to School usually means a final hurrah trip to the beach with my three sons before summer’s end, a parental attempt to readjust their sleep clocks to something reasonable (time to go to bed! time to wake up!), and fresh haircuts to start the first day just right. This year looks a lot different as COVID-19 has continued to keep us all at home and school online. Like many of you, our house feels a little more crowded as it acts as a school, a workplace, and a home. Some days are easier than ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-11By Malik Ducard