• Step Up Your Family Engagement
    Dance can be a powerful way to foster Social Emotional Learning (SEL), celebrate cultural diversity and promote parent involvement. Many parents are reluctant to participate in school activities, possibly due to feeling intimidated by the school building or not feeling they have enough spare time to attend. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a parent whose heart doesn’t melt the day their own child invites them to dance as their partner. As a PTA leader, offering programs that promote community engagement through healthy, culturally-enriching events should be one of your primary goals. Though it’s often overlooked, dance has the ... read more
    Published on 2019-09-16By Madeleine Levin
  • My Name is Meningitis
    Hi, my name is meningitis and it’s nice to meet you. I think it’s time that I introduce myself, especially if you are the parent of an adolescent or teen. I am also known by other names such as MenB and meningococcal disease. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and what I’ve been busy doing the past several years… What am I? I am an infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. There are five common types of bacteria—groups A, B, C, W, and Y—that can cause the majority of this potentially deadly disease and for ... read more
    Published on 2019-09-10By Meet Meningitis
  • Attention PTA Leaders and Members: Nominate Deserving Teachers to Win $500 WE Teachers Awards
    In today’s day and age, teachers are much more than educators. They serve as mentors, counselors, cheerleaders, protectors, and they spend an average of $500 of their own money each year to purchase classroom supplies that benefit their students. Starting July 21, customers can visit their local Walgreens stores to learn how to nominate a special teacher in their community for a WE Teachers Award. A minimum of 500 deserving educators will each receive $500 Walgreens gift cards to purchase classroom supplies – the average amount of a teacher’s annual out-of-pocket expenses. Teachers can also apply directly. To learn ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-30By Walgreens
  • How You Can Help Teachers Tackle Tough Topics
    Today’s classrooms are heavily influenced by the communities in which they are located. In addition to teaching, educators often have to address challenging social ills such as bullying, youth violence and mental health issues—which impact students’ learning potential and can have long-term impacts on their well-being. According to the 2018 “Voices from the Classroom” survey of America’s educators, teachers are concerned about school safety and want more training on how best to address school violence and improve student behavior using non-punitive strategies. How can you as a PTA leader help educators with these issues? WE Teachers Resource To address ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-23By Walgreens
  • Excellence in 3 Ways
    We are so pleased to announce our newest class of National PTA Schools of Excellence. The amazing 2019-2021 designees consist of 326 amazing PTA leaders—a whopping 17% increase from last year! The two-year School of Excellence designation celebrates PTA leadership and accomplishments in building strong, effective family-school partnerships! Through the year-long program process, each PTA examines how their community feels the school measures up to the research-based indicators of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Then the PTA members work in partnership with their school community and administrators to address areas for growth and create new ways for families to support ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-22By Ellie Miller
  • By The Numbers: A PTA Connected Event
    At Middlebrook PTA, we realize that technology and social media are a part of our lives. As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to ensure our children know how to use these tools safely and respectfully. We had: 4 teacher volunteers join other parent volunteers in leading 6 sessions for our Kindergarten-5th grade school. 1 critical partnership in our Technology Integration Specialist to get her support and ask her colleagues to join her in leading a breakout session. 1 Director of Digital Learning to lead the first session with all who attended that night. Having the “agree/disagree” cards ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-22By Ruth Fontilla
  • How Sitting on a Ball Helps Kids Focus and Do Better In School
    Balance balls were originally developed in the 1960s for physical therapy purposes; who knew that one day they’d be recommended for children who have trouble focusing in school? But today, that’s just what’s happening. Balance balls might be just what the doctor ordered to help children reach their full potential in the classroom, especially for those with sensory processing disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or just a strong need to fidget. Around the same time that fitness fans began using balance balls (also called exercise balls, stability balls or therapy balls) in their exercise regimens as a way to strengthen abdominal ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-15By Karen Lynch
  • Be Internet Awesome: Host a PTA Connected Workshop This Year!
    The 2018-2019 school year officially launched our PTA Connected digital initiative. We had 200 PTAs across the country commit to hosting a Be Internet Awesome workshop. Was it a success? Two of our grantees gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a Be Internet Awesome grantee. Erin Hill, a PTA leader at Pivik PTA in Plum, Pa., shared, “When our PTA was awarded the Be Internet Awesome grant from the National PTA and Google, our principal had told us the school district had held something similar a few years previous and only a few people ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-14By Erin Hill
  • Parents Look to Find Balance of Fun and Learning This Summer
    Summer is not necessarily a season where school and learning are at the forefront of people’s minds. To many people, summer is a time for vacation, camps, barbecues and fun. Sitting in a classroom and discussing education, however, is not usually on that list. Or so you may have thought. After PTA events in Chicago and Louisville drew in large crowds earlier this summer, as many as 300 people attended one event in Chicago, whereas 1,500 attended another event in Louisville, it became clear that many parents are just as interested in staying invested in their children’s education over ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-07By Lily Warden
  • What Real-Life Family Engagement Looks Like
    When Heather Losneck learned that she had been selected as a National PTA Family Engagement Fellow last spring, she was overjoyed. As president of Berea-Midpark Middle School PTA in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, she was deeply interested in expanding her understanding of how school districts can support transformative family engagement. She also believed her participation in the Family Engagement Fellowship program would be a compelling reason for the district and community to come together to create more intentional opportunities for the kind of family engagement that truly impacts student success. A year later, Heather has successfully formed an active and ... read more
    Published on 2019-08-01By Heather Losneck
  • 5 Ways Your PTA Could Become a School of Excellence
    Last August, 279 schools were announced as 2018-2020 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their leadership and accomplishments in building strong, effective family-school partnerships! National PTA is pleased to recognize this record number of local PTAs across the nation who have earned the two-year designation. We can’t wait to announce our 2019-2021 School of Excellence designees this August. Check out how these PTAs made a tremendous impact on continuous school improvement through the School of Excellence program. Enroll your PTA in the 2019-2020 School of Excellence program now through October 1 at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy Barnard PTA in ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-31By Amy Weinberg
  • 8 Steps to Becoming a School of Excellence
    Are you looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvement efforts? Are you already doing something meaningful in your school community, and want that hard work to be recognized? In either case, National PTA’s School of Excellence program offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and earn recognition for your PTA and school. By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and best practices in ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-10By Amy Weinberg
  • Why Do PTA’s Need Insurance?
    Sponsored Post: Being part of your local PTA is a great way to be involved and bettering the community is a very noble cause. What most people outside this network don’t know is, its hard work!! And there are an endless amount unseen details required for every field trip, every fundraiser and nearly every decision a PTA has to make. In the end, your PTA is run like a small business and takes on liability for all these decisions. So why does your PTA need insurance? Did you know that you as an individual member of the PTA or ... read more
    Published on 2019-07-01By AIM Insurance
  • Building Character at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Pumpkin Delight School (Milford, Connecticut) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. Curiosity. Engaging. Problem Solving. Results. Creativity. – All important words that help to build character, scholarship and learning in our elementary students. In today’s society, we are limited to common core, state standards, and standardize testing. What can a PTA do to engage students? Utilize all their senses? Build ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-24By Kristyn Liebelt
  • Things To Do in Columbus While at #PTACon19
    The 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo will be hosted in Columbus June 20-23. Ohio’s capital city has a large and diverse community with many things that you and your family can do. Maybe you want to get hands-on with science or eat some of the Midwest’s best food. Either way, both options (and many more) are possible. When you are not at #PTACon19, consider going to some of these places to explore the city and all that it has to offer.   Columbus Zoo and Aquarium The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to thousands of animals from all ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19By Darrell Robinson