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  • Inside Look at National PTA’s New Digital Safety Initiative
    Last week, I visited Texas to help Chapel Hill Preparatory School in Dallas host the first Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop. I’m a new staff member at National PTA, so this was my first opportunity to see PTA members in action. My first impression? PTA parents are dedicated! These parents came ready to be vulnerable—no small feat with the amount of parent-shaming that goes on today—and talk openly about tough parenting issues, provide support for one another and create solutions together. Families began to trickle in for dinner before the workshop started, allowing people to eat, relax and meet ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-13By Natalie Hedden
  • Know an Outstanding PTA Advocate? Nominate Them for the 2019 Advocacy Awards!
    PTA advocates go to great lengths to take action for kids. From meeting with local, state and federal decisionmakers to hosting school forums to advocating for legislation and ballot initiatives, PTA advocates consistently go above and beyond to advocate for each and every child. National PTA recognizes the dedication our advocates through our annual Advocacy Awards which are presented to outstanding individual, state PTA and local PTA advocates at our Legislative Conference. We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Advocacy Awards! If you are or know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-12By Hannah Engle
  • What’s the Difference Between the Cold and Flu?
      Cold and flu both start with a sore throat and stuffy nose, but what are the symptoms that differentiate each virus? As we move into the colder months, it’s important to know the difference between the cold and flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cold and flu have similar symptoms because they are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by a different virus. Symptoms of the cold can include sneezing, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat. The flu, on the other hand, includes cold symptoms, as well as feeling feverish, experiencing ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-09By Ferran Rousaud
  • Be There When The Bell Rings for Take Your Family to School Week
      National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week (TYFTSW) is coming up fast! Throughout the week of Feb. 10-17, 2019, National PTA and local PTA units across the country will be hosting events to encourage family and community engagement, as well as celebrate National PTA Founders’ Day. Although February is still months away, the way to ensure a successful TYFTSW event is to begin planning now. We’ve got a few event ideas for you! ·         Sharpen Literacy Skills: Host a family reading experience, where parents and children spend the evening reading and sharing their favorite books. ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-29By Natalie Hedden
  • Help Is Needed to Decide Art Program’s Theme
    Did you know each year we hold a theme search contest for the National PTA Reflections program? For nearly fifty years, hundreds of students across the country have submitted theme ideas, and every year, one theme is chosen to serve as a catalyst for artistic creation for the following program year. In addition to a $100 prize, winners receive national recognition by determining theme for the 2020-2021 Reflections program year. They also play a major role in inspiring hundreds of thousands of students to create original works of art and helping us celebrate the breadth of history of the last ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-26By Sarah Goodwin
  • 7 Best Grant Writing Tips
    1. Know what grants exist and when to apply Sign up for National PTA’s newsletters and bookmark our grants page. 2. Tell a compelling story Make sure all your answers work together to highlight your PTA’s strengths. 3. Share how the grant would impact your school community Identify an existing need in your school community and explain how the grant will address that need. 4. Show your enthusiasm Describe how the grant will provide an exciting opportunity for your school and PTA. 5. Answer all parts of the question Include concrete, detailed examples and explanations that completely answer the ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-12By Darrell Robinson
  • 7 Best Tips When Applying For a Grant
    1. Know what grants exist and when to apply Sign up for National PTA’s newsletters and bookmark our grants page. 2. Tell a compelling story Make sure all your answers work together to highlight your PTA’s strengths. 3. Share how the grant would impact your school community Identify an existing need in your school community and explain how the grant will address that need. 4. Show your enthusiasm Describe how the grant will provide an exciting opportunity for your school and PTA. 5. Answer all parts of the question Include concrete, detailed examples and explanations that completely answer the ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-12By Darrell Robinson
  • Inspiring the Next Generative of Digital Innovators
    Technology is a powerful tool that is undeniably changing the foundation of education. Schools around the world are increasingly harnessing its reach to improve the educational experiences of their students. Some parents and teachers may wonder if this is the right learning path for their students, especially at the elementary levels. Below, we’ve addressed five reasons why leveraging technology can be beneficial to all students. Personalized Education Experience Technology can innovate, grow, and expand access to personalized education tools. Using laptops and tablets, students can choose between educational videos, games or articles that best suit their abilities ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-11By Alex Parker
  • Celebrate Global Handwashing Day, October 15, 2018!
    October 15, 2018, marks the 11th annual Global Handwashing Day. This observance increases awareness and understanding of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease around the world. Handwashing is simple, inexpensive, and can dramatically reduce the number of young children who get sick. Educating students on the importance of handwashing with soap and key times for when and how to wash hands properly is essential to preventing diseases like cold and flu. Together, parents, teachers, and school administrators have the power to create a culture of handwashing in schools that can help improve attendance ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-01By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Educating Communities and Closing the Digital Divide
    Schools are assigning internet-based projects and using online dashboards to post homework assignments, study guides and discussion materials. While these innovative learning paths help many students thrive, they can lead to stress for students that don’t have internet access at home. Without internet access at home students rely on Wi-Fi cafes or public libraries to complete their school work. Due to limited time and resources to complete their assignments, these students are facing a digital divide that could affect their academic and future career success. Even in today’s data driven society, some still are not subscribing to internet ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-27By Mylayna Albright
  • National PTA Art Award Program Enters 50th Year
    This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National PTA Reflections program! Reflections was established in 1969 by National PTA Board member and past Colorado PTA President, Mary Lou Anderson. She was a huge advocate of arts education, and truly understood the value arts education brought to the lives of students. We’re thrilled that fifty years later, we’re continuing to further this important work! What makes Reflections standout, unlike other awards programs, is that students from ALL grades are encouraged to explore ALL areas of the creative arts. This includes dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-26By Sarah Goodwin
  • My Experience Testifying Before the Federal Commission on School Safety
    As the Federal Legislative Chair for Wyoming PTA, I testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety at a listening session in August in Cheyenne, WY.  In my testimony, I referenced National PTA’s position statements on school safety and shared my experiences as a trustee of the local school district, Laramie County School District 1. I am proud that PTA emphasizes the inclusion of all stakeholders in local safety and security decisions and that arming teachers is not the solution to gun violence in schools. I was listening, too, as students from Denver and Albuquerque testified before the ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-25By Darrell Robinson
  • How Parents Can Promote Health and Wellness Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Four Things You Can Do
      Parents and guardians play a critical role in ensuring that schools and out-of-school time environments are healthy. Through advocating for healthy celebrations and fundraisers, serving on district and school wellness committees, and organizing before and afterschool physical activities, parents set high standards for health and wellness in their communities. Healthier Generation has many resources to help families and community members get involved, including new shareable videos on fundraising, celebrations, and rewards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recent reauthorization of our nation’s education law, recognizes the learning and health connection and provides opportunities for health and wellness ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-15By Darrell Robinson
  • Ten Questions to Help You Start the Conversation
    Social media plays a big role in teens’ lives today. It’s where they connect with friends and family, celebrate major milestones, share everyday moments, and discover new passions and interests. As parents, we want our children to connect, share and have fun through social media, and at the same time, stay safe. An important way to help ensure this is by having proactive, open and ongoing conversations with children around digital safety and setting rules together for technology use.  Instagram, a top social media platform among teens, partnered with social media and education expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-06By Darrell Robinson
  • March2Success: FREE College Test Prep + More
    High school students have a lot on their plates these days. Having to re-take an SAT or ACT test due to a low score shouldn’t be one of them. March2Success, a free online, interactive program created to enhance ACT, SAT and standardized test performance can help better prepare your students for important exams. From high school science, math and verbal skills to college readiness and planning tips, this online resource has the tools and information students need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The U.S. Army-sponsored March2Success program features curriculum designed by Peterson’s and the College Options ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-04By Tony Castillo