• New Year’s Resolutions to Help Keep Your Family Feeling Happy and Healthy
    Practice healthy habits in the New Year to make 2020 the best year yet! The time has come again for New Year’s resolutions. We often promise to lead healthier lives in the New Year, whether by eating clean or hitting the gym – but healthy habits include so much more! This year resolve to keep your family healthy by teaching and practicing healthy habits so you and your loved ones can spend less time recovering from illness, and more time enjoying what 2020 has to offer. The National Parent Teacher Association and Lysol® want to ensure children and families stay ... read more
    Published on 2020-01-17By Ferran Rousaud
  • Back the Future: a New Dedication to a Continued Mission
    The PTA mission statement: It’s all about the kids, right? Well yes, and so much more. The PTA mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Now, if you’re not heavily involved in our association, this might not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions PTA. People sometimes praise us for the fundraising that we do for schools, but you’ll notice that our mission doesn’t say anything about fundraising. Of course we do raise funds, but we should spend those funds in ways that ... read more
    Published on 2020-01-13By Julie Kluthe
  • Clermont PTA: A Journey to Excellence
    Clermont Elementary School PTA’s School of Excellence Celebration was a perfect example of a party at an elementary school—filled with the joyful laughter of children and based on values that bring communities together. I had the pleasure of attending the event, and it was wonderful to see firsthand exactly why they deserved to be designated a 2019-2021 National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded to PTAs that commit to and prove success in building effective family-school partnerships at their school. Clermont Elementary School PTA is one of just 326 PTAs nationwide to earn ... read more
    Published on 2020-01-06By Amy Weinberg
  • Navigating Special Education: A Comprehensive Online Training for Families, Educators and Advocates
    The services, supports and the quality of education available to students with disabilities have continuously improved since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) first required schools to educate all students with disabilities back in 1975. However, the process of identifying which students should receive special education services and what services they should receive can be complicated, for both schools and families. The Arc@School’s new, online Advocacy Curriculum provides parents, educators and non-attorney advocates the basic information they need to navigate the special education system. What Is Special Education Advocacy and Why Do We Need It? First, you need to know ... read more
    Published on 2020-01-03By The Arc@School
  • Stay Healthy and Happy During the Holiday Season
    Cold and flu season is once again upon us, as is the time of year when family gatherings and holiday celebrations are plentiful. This holiday season, make sure that illness doesn’t keep you and your family from enjoying your celebrations to the fullest. The National Parent Teacher Association and Lysol want to ensure children and families have a fun, safe and healthy holiday season by providing easy and effective tips to help curb the spread of cold and flu. Get vaccinated: Getting your flu shot every year is the first and most important step to help prevent the flu. ... read more
    Published on 2019-12-20By Ferran Rousaud
  • Northern Virginia Students with Special Needs And Their Families Get Exposed to STEAM
    The Northern Virginia District PTA partnered with the Arlington County Special Education PTA and the Fairfax County Special Education PTA to host an iSTEAM Expo for Northern Virginia students with special needs and their families. This first-of-its-kind event, held at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, featured various stations for students and their families to conduct science experiments, ask questions about STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), learn about music and art, as well as engage with exhibitors about potential STEAM opportunities at and for their schools and within their communities. Exhibitors that participated during the event included Mathnasium of ... read more
    Published on 2019-12-16By Debbie Kilpatrick
  • What Parents Really Want: Strategies for Family-School Communication
    Communication between teachers and families varies in frequency and method, from emails, texts and apps to old-fashioned notes. It can be hard to keep track of everything! Even when effective systems of communication are in place, sometimes they only include feedback about children’s academic performance and neglect to address students’ life skills. We set out to find out how families are collaborating with teachers to help children thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Getting an inside look Earlier this year we launched the Transformative Family Engagement & Whole Child Learning grant* and partnered with Austin Council of PTAs, Lake ... read more
    Published on 2019-12-06By Rebecca Bauer
  • Save the Date! Get Ready for LegCon 2020
    I can hardly believe that the 2020 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon) is just a few months away. It has always been my favorite event because it is PTAs’ opportunity to use our voices to improve the lives of children and families. Advocacy is at the core of our association’s mission and vision. Our legacy in advocacy started over 120 years ago when our founders organized over 2000 parents to speak on behalf of children and continued to lead the way in improving their lives. Through our members’ persistent commitment to advocacy, National PTA has played an integral role ... read more
    Published on 2019-11-21By Yvonne Johnson
  • PTA Leader Helps School Step Outside Comfort Zone and Into Progress
    Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Daphne Callender, Fitness Instructor by day and PTA champion of Springfield Estates Elementary School (SEES) PTA in Springfield, VA, and her extraordinary school community in celebration of their 2019-2021 National PTA School of Excellence designation. The warm celebration with parents, staff and administrators included a delicious dinner, a decorated cake and the unveiling of their School of Excellence banner. As one of 19 PTAs in Virginia to earn the School of Excellence designation this year, Springfield Estates Elementary PTA had a great deal to be proud of. Through their year-long School ... read more
    Published on 2019-11-11By Amy Weinberg
  • 4 Key Facts on Meningococcal Disease that Parents Should Know During the Back-to-School Season
    It’s the beginning of the school year and while students are settling into the classroom, many parents are working to keep their children on top of everything they need to be successful. With so much to do, it’s no wonder it can be overwhelming. Whether it’s high school or college, parents are trying to help get their teen prepared by purchasing pens and notebooks, bookbags and accessories, and even SAT guides and index cards. And, while those things are important, parents may not be aware two particularly crucial items for their school year—two separate vaccines to help protect adolescents ... read more
    Published on 2019-11-06By Meet Meningitis
  • Did You Know It Takes Two?
    With teenagers, there are certain things that come in non-negotiable pairs: a new driver’s license and extra insurance, a cell phone and social media, or headphones and music. And, while those things are important, parents may not be aware of one particularly crucial “pair”—two separate vaccines to help protect adolescents and teens against meningococcal disease more commonly referred to as meningitis. Teens and adolescents are one of the more at-risk populations given their phase of life. Because they can carry these bacteria in the back of the throat, innocent and typical behavior for teens such as sharing a drink ... read more
    Published on 2019-11-01By Meet Meningitis
  • 5 Back-in-School Tips for Over-Stressed, Over-Stretched Sports Parents
    There are many reasons to celebrate moms and dads this back-to-school season, not the least of which is their selfless commitment to contributing so much of their precious time and hard-earned money to their children’s after-school and weekend youth sports activities. And let’s face it, parents of kids involved in sports have A LOT on their plate during the busy fall season. Driving to practices after school and games on Saturdays, washing seemingly endless amounts of dirty laundry, planning for the entire season calendar (sometimes for multiple kids of different ages across multiple sports), packing snacks and meal prepping. ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-14By FlipGive
  • Element of a Confident Parent – Looking for the Good
    Originally posted on Confident Parents Confident Kids Though the sunshine sparkles through the yellow leaves during these beautiful Fall days, there is less light in the morning and evening. And we’ve been doing this school thing for a few months now. We’ve poured it on and now we are slowing down a bit – tired. My husband and I noticed that some of the routines that used to run smoothly are in need of an update. In particular, we’ve noticed that our son leaves his dishes behind for someone else to take care of, whether it’s breakfast or dinner. ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-10By Jennifer Miller
  • Student to Select National Art Program’s Theme
    Every year, National PTA hosts an annual nationwide search for a new Reflections program theme! Students from across the country and in U.S. schools overseas are invited to submit their ideas for a new Reflections theme to their state PTA. State PTAs can then submit up to five finalists to National PTA. A panel of National PTA volunteer leaders is responsible for selecting one child’s theme search submission to become the official Reflections program year theme, inspiring the creativity and imagination of thousands of students. In acknowledgement of their theme being selected, our student winners receive national recognition, as ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-03By Ellie Miller
  • Excellence in Action: 2019’s Top 3 National PTA Schools of Excellence
    Each year, the top three National PTA Schools of Excellence are selected to receive the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards for demonstrating outstanding success in engaging families in student success and school improvements. These awards are selected by a team of Past National PTA Presidents and are the highest honor National PTA offers for success in family engagement. The 2019 National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst recipients are: Mark Twain Elementary PTA (California) who received the top Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award, Norman Rockwell PTA (Washington) who received a Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit and Jane S. ... read more
    Published on 2019-09-27By Ellie Miller