• Chrysler Brand and National PTA Collaborate to Support Schools with ‘Cars 4 Classrooms’ Program
    (Sponsored Post) Chrysler minivans have been the go-to vehicle for families with school-aged children for more than 30 years. Families have come to rely on the functionality and versatility offered by Chrysler minivans to transport children safely to and from school along with the available cargo space to haul bulky science projects, sports gear or fundraising items. This relationship between Chrysler and schools in our communities is expanding after the brand became a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA last year. Through this collaboration between Chrysler and National PTA, the brand will support local PTAs across the country in promoting ... read more
    Published on 2018-02-13By admin
  • What Do Successful Schools Look Like?
    As a parent, I have a good idea of how my child’s school is working for her. I talk to her and her friends about what is going on there. I see the work that she is doing. I communicate with her teachers and other school staff. But while I know that my daughter is at a school that’s good for her, it’s harder to figure out whether it’s a successful school overall. Is her school helping each of its students reach their fullest potential? What does such a school look like? The Learning First Alliance, which includes organizations ... read more
    Published on 2018-02-02By Anne O'Brien
  • STEM Nights Bring Families and Experts Together to Learn about Science
    Just like children don’t stop learning when the final bell rings, great teaching doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. Across the country, teachers, parents, and community members are coming together more and more frequently to host STEM nights to get families thinking about science, technology, engineering and math through interactive, hands-on, engaging activities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is proud to support many dedicated teachers who plan and lead STEM nights at their schools. Michelle Estrada, a kindergarten teacher at Desert Hills Elementary in Las Cruses, N.M. has been hosting STEM nights in her community for ... read more
    Published on 2018-01-30By Dr. Nafeesa Owens
  • It Takes a Village: Lessons on Developing the Whole Child
    I know you’ve got a lot more on your plate than your next work deadline. You have to pick your kids up from swim practice; you are worried about that cough your dad had over the holidays; you are daydreaming about writing that novel. The same is true of your children—they also have more to worry about, and way more to contribute, than taking the next test. As adults, we are able (most of the time) to strive for balance in our lives. But our children don’t have enough experience to be able to do that yet. In order ... read more
    Published on 2018-01-18By Van Overton
  • Celebrate Take Your Family to School Week All Week Long
    Take Your Family to School Week (Feb. 11-17) is more than just a one-night event, it is a weeklong celebration of family engagement and the great work PTAs have done to support the school community. This year we came up with an easy way for every family to participate in celebrating PTA—Daily themes! Maker Monday: Celebrate the arts in your school community. Showcase the artwork of your 2018 Reflections participants by creating a display in the school entryway. Share pictures of students, teachers and parents enjoying the display using #PTAProud. Try-It Tuesday: Help create healthy eating habits by ... read more
    Published on 2018-01-11By Alyssa Montchal
  • 4 Reasons to Attend the 2018 Legislative Conference
    At our core, National PTA is an advocacy association working to improve the lives of children and families. Attending the National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon) March 13-15 is a great way to enhance your advocacy skills to be more effective in your community. I have attended LegCon many times over the years, and each year I still find myself learning something new, or hearing a perspective I never would have encountered otherwise. This year’s theme is “Get in the Game” to celebrate the Olympic spirit. We are excited to showcase how you can incorporate the spirit of sports, teamwork ... read more
    Published on 2018-01-10By Marques Ivey
  • 5 Things You Should Know About March 2 Success
    (Sponsored Post) As parents, we make it a priority to ensure our children receive a quality education, post-secondary opportunities and career fulfillment.  But when it comes to taking the SAT, ACT or other standardized tests, we sometimes don’t know how to best help our kids prepare.  This is where March 2 Success comes in—a free online, interactive program created to enhance ACT and SAT as well as student performance.  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 ... read more
    Published on 2018-01-08By Tony Castillo
  • What do a football coach, astronaut, founder of Walmart and an Army four star general have in common?
    (Sponsored Post) They are all graduates from Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Course). Lou Holtz, legendary football coach; Nancy Currie, space shuttle astronaut;  Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, and General (Retired) Colin Powell, are just a few of the great men and women that learned and developed their leadership skills from the Army ROTC program. Like many other ROTC graduates, their training gave them the skills to lead, manage, motivate their peers, and most importantly, foster teamwork – all the qualifications of successful leaders. Army ROTC lays the groundwork for students to excel both personally and professionally by setting goals ... read more
    Published on 2017-12-20By Maj. Robert Carter
  • It’s PTA in Pop Culture Week!
    “I just saw PTA referenced in “American Housewife” on ABC!” “Did you know that movie “Bad Moms” was about the PTA?” “The Simpsons” rerun about the PTA was so funny!” Does any of this sound familiar? I bet you’ve heard similar coffee-talk at your PTA meetings or while chatting with other parents. PTA pops up in all sorts of places! A few months ago, National PTA’s Executive Director, Nathan Monell, found a PTA reference in a movie. I mentioned it at a meeting and people quickly began sharing their own “PTA finds.” Before I knew it, I had a ... read more
    Published on 2017-12-14By Scott Meeks
  • Nominate a PTA or PTA Advocate Today for the 2018 Advocacy Awards!
    Shirley Igo was a model of public service and volunteerism throughout her life. She was an impassioned and compassionate leader, dedicated to moving PTA forward and committed to ensuring that others would follow. In honor of her legacy, the National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual PTA member, who through their leadership and advocacy efforts, affected federal, state or local policy priorities within National PTA’s annual public policy agenda. As the 2017 Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award winner, it was my honor to attend the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference ... read more
    Published on 2017-12-07By Rose Acerra
  • New Resources Help You Celebrate Healthy Lifestyles
    November offered a lot to celebrate: Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday to name a few. But it also celebrated Healthy Lifestyles Month, which brought families, schools, and communities together to improve the health of our children. Even if you’re already practicing healthy habits at home, school is where children spend over 1,200 hours per year! That’s why it’s imperative to make sure they are getting nutritious foods and the recommended amount of daily physical activity at school. Evidence shows that children who attend schools that promote physical activity and healthy eating perform better academically. What’s more, healthy school environments set ... read more
    Published on 2017-11-30By Amy Moyer
  • 5 Ways to Shop Safely on Black Friday & Cyber Monday
    The holiday shopping season now begins online on Thanksgiving (Brown Thursday), continuing through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some retailers have even taken it a step further: Mall of America and several other retailers have announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving—making it a “cyber-only” day for many shoppers. This new emphasis on “cyber shopping” means that both parents and kids need to be on the lookout for shopping dangers and keep protecting their identity top of mind. Here are five suggestions that can go a long way towards reducing your vulnerability to identity theft and fraud this ... read more
    Published on 2017-11-15By Paige Hanson
  • How will your PTA change the lives of children in 2018?
    The school-year kick-off is past and holiday craziness is on the horizon. Right now it’s time to grab a pumpkin spice latte, sit back and take stock. Did the membership year start off with a bang? Maybe a mid-year drive is in order. Plan to start right after the holidays when potential members refocus on school. What value has your PTA already delivered? What value do you plan to deliver in 2018? Call attention to your success and ask for support for the future. Position membership in your PTA as a way to support students and PTA.  Ask people ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-31By Deborah Walsh
  • Start Planning for Take Your Family to School Week
    National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week (TYFTSW) is Feb. 11-17, 2017. The week is timed to honor our Founder’s Day (Feb. 13) and celebrate PTA’s long legacy of family engagement. Although February seems far away, with the holidays coming up it will be here before you know it! Now is a great time to start planning your Take Your Family to School Week celebrations. Take Your Family to School Week is a great time to: Engage the whole family in reading activities to support children’s literacy skills and help foster a love of reading. Empower families with tools to ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-30By Alyssa Montchal
  • Help Your Youth Leaders Prevent Bullying at Recess
    The PTA’s Connect for Respect initiative recommends pulling together a team of youth leaders to address bullying. For National Bullying Prevention Month, Playworks is happy to share easy strategies that even the youngest leaders can use. Bullying and conflicts often start on the playground. Playworks, a national nonprofit, helps schools improve recess to impact school climate. Here are 5 strategies we’ve found effective for youth leaders in upper elementary school. 1.   Become a team. In Playworks’ youth leadership programs, small groups of older students serve as recess monitors for younger students and peers. To set the tone at recess, ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-26By Meg Duff