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  • 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
  • Federal Funding for Education Programs At Risk in Fiscal Year 2018
    Education advocates work hard to increase funding for federal education programs to ensure all children receive a quality education. During tough political climates and hard economic times, these education advocates have always been able to at least maintain the current level of funding for education programs at 2% of the federal budget. However, much of our progress to increase investments in education—or at a minimum maintain current levels of funding for education—have been put at-risk due to the release of President Trump’s “skinny budget” or “blueprint” for funding priorities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. President Trump’s proposal would cut ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-28By Joshua Westfall
  • 4 Ways to Engage in Your Child’s Education
    This piece was originally featured in Mediaplanet. Over 40 years of research shows that regardless of a family’s income or socioeconomic background, students whose families are engaged attend school more regularly earn better grades, enroll in higher-level programs and have higher graduation rates. Here are four ways you can help your child reach their full potential: 1. Talk about school matters at home Encourage your child to talk about their day and express any concerns. It will help you understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what activities they like and don’t like. Two-way communication is essential ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-24By Laura Bay
  • 5 Simple Tips for Engaging Your Family in Reading
    This piece was originally featured in Mediaplanet Reading and literacy skills are critical to children’s academic, social and emotional achievement. Families play an essential role in helping children develop their literacy skills and fostering a love of reading. Research shows that when families read together, children do better in school and beyond. Reading with children provides an opportunity to expose them to more complex words and stories than they would normally encounter on their own. Research also demonstrates that children who frequently read with their families tend to have a strong belief that reading is both important and enjoyable. ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-15By Laura Bay
  • Kilgour Elementary: Healthy Food Zone
    “Healthy Hands.” Students creating permanent art installations for the cafeteria makeover Change can be challenging to initiate, especially when you are just one elementary school in a public-school district with over 60 schools. It’s easy to feel too small. But thanks to our Healthy School Meals grant, Kilgour Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio was given an opportunity to stand out and help make change happen. Not only have we been able to take steps to improve the perception of our school meals, we have also been able to create partnerships and momentum to improve our school’s wellness culture. To help ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-13By Lauren Boehm
  • Empowering Students to Make Healthy Meal Choices in School
    March is National Nutrition Month and one of my jobs as a parent is to make sure my children are eating healthy, nutritious foods. However, I have to hope that they are making those same healthy choices in my absence while they are at school. The school week leaves a lot of time for friends to offer unhealthy snacks that they’ve brought from home and for one too many cupcakes during birthday celebrations in class. So, how do we teach our children to choose healthy food alternatives? As a PTA president for the last four years, I’ve spent a lot ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-02By Jessica Carroll
  • Unite for a Better Internet: Have the Smart Talk
    Navigating life online (Sponsored Post) My boys are nine and eleven-years-old. This means that we’ve had “the talk” — yes, that one about the “birds and the bees.” But in our fast-moving, digital world, where children are engaging more and more on social media, playing online games and reading news online, we need to have a different kind of talk — one that teaches them the rules of the road for navigating life online. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 50% of children receive their first smartphone by age 11, and 74% have access to laptops and desktops as early as ... read more
    Published on 2017-03-01By Kim Allman
  • F-O-U-N-D-R-Y — A Student Makerspace
    Guest Contributors /// Jared and Koko, Students at One StoneContinue reading on Medium » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-28By Love2Learn Idaho
  • The Leader in You
    Did you know that PTAs are run by volunteers? From the local level to the National PTA board of directors, volunteers govern our PTA association. Have you ever wondered how you can get more involved in child advocacy or education-related work? It starts by raising your hand and getting involved. That’s what I’ve done, and it’s taken me from my local unit all the way up to the national level. At each level, my skills and knowledge in PTA, nonprofit governance and leadership grew. Here’s my story: I first became interested in PTA when my daughter entered kindergarten. Even ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Mary Jo Neil