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  • The Power and Peril of Myth for Today’s College Students
    Originally published on GatesFoundation.org.  We are now entering what is perhaps my favorite time of the year: graduation season. As a veteran faculty member and administrator, I have fond memories of commencement ceremonies, seeing the joy and pride in the faces of graduates and their families and knowing many of the stories behind those smiles. While graduation season is filled with inspiring stories of persistence, sacrifice, and accomplishment, it also gives rise to some lingering myths about our students and what it takes for them to get to graduation. These myths hurt students because they help preserve a status quo ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-23By Dan Greenstein
  • Does Your Child Have Recess Daily?
    The natural inclination of children is to explore their world through movement. When I visit my grandchildren, I wake up to an explosion of physical activity, rolling down the couch cushions, jumping off the toy box, or chasing games around the kitchen island. My oldest grandchild is now in all-day kindergarten. I can’t imagine him not having the opportunity to engage in both free and structured play throughout his school day. Research supports the notion that physical activity is associated with learning readiness and cognitive function (Hillman, Erickson, & Hatfield, 2017). Within the school environment, recess is the vehicle ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-15By Fran Cleland
  • 10 Ways to Supply and Support Teachers in 2017
    This post was originally featured in Mediaplanet Teachers deliver so much to our nation’s children — inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. Among the many ways teachers go the extra mile, they often spend their own money to ensure students have access to supplies and resources that will enable them to receive the best possible education. To help empower teachers and ensure a successful school year, it is vital to be a partner in children’s learning and give back whenever possible. Here are 10 ways families can partner with and support teachers: 1. Get to know one another Develop a ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-11By Laura Bay
  • Dear Extraordinary Teacher
    Dear Extraordinary Teacher, On behalf of America’s students and families, we would like to take a moment during Teacher Appreciation Week to thank you for your work and impact that extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Look up “teacher” in the dictionary and you will likely find this definition: one who instructs. But there are a few adjectives missing from this definition … patient, knowledgeable, dedicated, compassionate, inspirational … the list goes on. As a caring professional who connects with students—and strives to discover what they’re passionate about to unlock their potential—you do so much more than ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-09By Laura Bay
  • Fundraising for This Year and Next
    (Sponsored Post) At this point in the school year, PTA groups often experience turnover with members moving on and new members coming on board.  It’s a time of transition that does not always go as smoothly as planned.  The last thing PTA groups want is their support of the school to pause as a result of such transition.  After all, the reason we get involved in PTA is to give back to the kids. Whether or not your PTA group is in a time of transition, it can be difficult maintain your fundraising efforts from year to year to ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-04By Robb Kaufenberg
  • Free School Meals for All Children
    Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Alison Maurice from the Food Research Action Committee (FRAC) explains what the Community Eligibility Provision is, how to tell if your school is eligible, and how to advocate for CEP in your school. How are schools able to offer meals to all of their students for free? In the 2016–2017 school year, over 20,000 schools provided free school breakfast and lunch to nearly 10 million children in the United States through the Community Eligibility Provision. Community eligibility allows high-need schools and districts to offer meals at no cost to all ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-03By Alison Maurice
  • Do You Know the 5 Elements of a Learning Style?
    Knowing how your child best learns enables you to create an optimal learning environment.You’re probably familiar with the concept of a “learning style.” It is apparent in our everyday interactions with family, friends and strangers that everyone is a little bit different, and everyone learns a little bit differently. An internet search lead us to the discovery that there are 71 proposed learning styles. One model that stands out is the Dunn & Dunn learning style model.Dunn and Dunn ModelThis model was created out of a desire to empower and educate teachers and parents to analyze and motivate their children and students, ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-01By Love2Learn Idaho
  • The Who’s Who of #PTACon17
    The 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo is right around the corner and we have an amazing lineup of education leaders and experts who are traveling to Las Vegas to connect with PTA advocates across the country. We are pleased to welcome the following keynote speakers: Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with 350 member stations throughout the country. Steve Pemberton, author and motivational speaker who shares his personal story of beating the odds and overcoming childhood trauma through the power of education. Rosalind Wiseman, author and internationally recognizes expert on ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-25By Ashley Collier
  • Moms Speak Out for More Recess
    The following blog was originally published on SHAPE America.  Across the country, advocates are calling for schools and school districts to make recess a priority as a way to boost academic performance, improve behavior, enhance emotional well-being, and contribute to physical literacy among students. Read how two moms have taken on this fight in their school district and learn what steps you can take to get involved. BARBARA LARRIMOREPrince William County School District, Virginia I first noticed a problem when my son started coming home from kindergarten with holes bitten into his collars and shirts. He had never exhibited any ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-21By Michelle Carter
  • National PTA Joins 11 Other Child Welfare Groups Calling Out State Bills Attacking Trans Youth
    This week, the National PTA joined 11 other child welfare organizations to call out state bills that would discriminate against transgender children. “We, as organizations committed to serving the best interests of all youth, are deeply alarmed at the flurry of bills introduced in state legislatures around the country this year that would directly harm transgender people, and particularly transgender students,” the letter states. “These appalling proposals would compromise the safety and wellbeing of the young people we all have the duty and obligation to support and protect.” HRC is currently tracking more than 130 anti-LGBTQ legislative proposals in ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-20By Hayley Miller
  • The Rewards of Spring: Fundraising
    (Sponsored Post)  For many PTAs, Spring is a time of finishing the school year strong by continuing to support the school and its students so the students are well prepared for the next grade.  PTA plays such a critical role in that by helping to provide programs, curriculum and other opportunities that would not otherwise be available to many students.  With school budgets continuing to tighten across the country, the question is typically not “what programs should we provide our students”, but rather “how will we fund them?” Schools earn funding from a number of sources throughout the year.  ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-13By Robb Kaufenberg
  • How will you #ThankATeacher?
    Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner and National PTA is celebrating in a big way! The #ThankATeacher Contest encourages PTAs to share on social media examples of how their teachers deliver to students by using #ThankATeacher. Entering the contest is easy to do! Post a photo or video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that shows how teachers deliver to students in your school. Use the hashtag #ThankATeacher and make sure the post is public! Fill out the contest entry form at PTA.org/ThankATeacher. The contest runs through April 17, 2017, and over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-10By Ashley Collier
  • 9 Ways To Get Involved in Your Child’s Schooling That You May Not Know
    As a parent or grandparent, there are multiple areas in which you can support the local education system. These areas include district level, school level, or your child’s classroom. These different areas may include multiple schools, go beyond the grade or classroom of your child, or focus in your child’s classroom.In as many ways that different parents have various interests, and talents to lend, there are as many options to get involved. A busy schedule isn’t necessarily a hindrance for getting involved and advocating for your child. Whether you have a few hours a year, or a few hours a ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-10By Love2Learn Idaho
  • 10 Ways to Be Effective in Advocating with Teachers and School Administrators
    Guest Contributor /// Nicole Christensen of Ammon, IDIt was a warm morning in late summer, I had gotten up early to make breakfast, so the smell of bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup permeated the house. Also permeating the house was the exuberant spirit of my 5-year-old daughter, Claire, who was darting around the living room wearing her My Little Pony backpack, which she hadn’t removed for the three days she had owned it.Her brothers and sister were not nearly so excited. Summer was over and the first day of school for them was to be dreaded. They were lambs, and the yellow ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-03By Love2Learn Idaho
  • The Value of a PTA Volunteer
    This blog was originally posted on The Voice of NYS PTA. I recently attended the Fall Luncheon in the Westchester-East Putnam Region and had the good fortune to hear the keynote speech delivered by Alisa Kesten, Executive Director of Volunteer New York. The mission of the organization is to inspire, mobilize and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in the community. Alisa specifically wanted to impress upon those present, the value of serving as a volunteer in the PTA. I would like to share an ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-01By Gracemarie Rozea