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  • How Parents Can Promote Health and Wellness Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Four Things You Can Do
      Parents and guardians play a critical role in ensuring that schools and out-of-school time environments are healthy. Through advocating for healthy celebrations and fundraisers, serving on district and school wellness committees, and organizing before and afterschool physical activities, parents set high standards for health and wellness in their communities. Healthier Generation has many resources to help families and community members get involved, including new shareable videos on fundraising, celebrations, and rewards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recent reauthorization of our nation’s education law, recognizes the learning and health connection and provides opportunities for health and wellness ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-15By Darrell Robinson
  • Ten Questions to Help You Start the Conversation
    Social media plays a big role in teens’ lives today. It’s where they connect with friends and family, celebrate major milestones, share everyday moments, and discover new passions and interests. As parents, we want our children to connect, share and have fun through social media, and at the same time, stay safe. An important way to help ensure this is by having proactive, open and ongoing conversations with children around digital safety and setting rules together for technology use.  Instagram, a top social media platform among teens, partnered with social media and education expert Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-06By Darrell Robinson
  • March2Success: FREE College Test Prep + More
    High school students have a lot on their plates these days. Having to re-take an SAT or ACT test due to a low score shouldn’t be one of them. March2Success, a free online, interactive program created to enhance ACT, SAT and standardized test performance can help better prepare your students for important exams. 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 beyond. The U.S. Army-sponsored March2Success program features curriculum designed by Peterson’s and the College Options ... read more
    Published on 2018-09-04By Tony Castillo
  • Schools Honored For Excellence in Community Engagement and Growth
    Through the National PTA School of Excellence program, PTAs examine how their school communities feel the school measures up to the research-based indicators of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. PTAs and schools then work together to address areas for growth and create new ways for families to support student success. The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when a PTA and school have achieved an exhibited and high level of family-school partnerships. National PTA is pleased to recognize a record number of local PTAs across the nation who have earned the 2-year designation. This August, 278 schools have been ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-20By Amy Weinberg
  • How Families Can Drive Social and Emotional Learning
    Think back to the many wonderful moments of summer break as a child. Having the freedom to play, lead, think, and simply exist in your own unique way, testing your limits and sharing your imagination and ideas without the filters and regulations of the academic environment. Now, imagine losing all of that in an instant. All of the joy. All of the freedom. All the imagination. That can be what it’s like for youth to begin the school year and shift into an environment where their social and emotional well-being is not adequately encouraged or supported. As an active ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-17By Makeba Giles
  • Go Back to School Thinking About Your End Game
    It begins again! When’s the first PTA meeting? When is Open House? Do we have enough volunteers? Where’s the budget? Who has the membership forms? It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of preparing PTA for a new school year. Want some advice? Think about the “end game” to help you focus on what matters. It’s so much easier to get to where you want to go if you know where you want to end up! How many young people will your PTA touch this year? How many will decide to be a writer because of the PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-13By Deborah Walsh
  • Cobb Middle School – Rise to Excellence Celebration
      Cobb Middle School PTA in Frisco, Texas had a great deal to celebrate at their Rise to Excellence event as a 2017-2019 National PTA School of Excellence and the 2017 National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Award winner. Cobb Middle School is the first school in Frisco ISD to receive the School of Excellence designation and the first school in Texas to receive the Hearst Award, National PTA’s highest honor for effective family engagement. Filling the auditorium in attendance at the celebration event were Cobb Middle School students, staff, administration, the PTA Board of Trustees and past PTA ... read more
    Published on 2018-08-01By Amy Weinberg
  • School of Excellence: Bringing the National Standards to Life
    The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family School Partnerships. The standards are the foundation for the National PTA School of Excellence program and are embedded into our practice. They articulate what family engagement should look like at the school level.  These standards are in use by school, PTA and community leaders nationwide as a framework for thinking about, structuring, and assessing family engagement. Here are some actual examples of how some 2017-2019 National PTA Schools of ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-25By Amy Weinberg
  • Enroll in the 2018-19 School of Excellence Program
    Maybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that 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 to 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. Throughout the ... read more
    Published on 2018-07-12By Amy Weinberg
  • Snack Duty Made Simple
    (Sponsored Post) Many school snacks of today would have been hard to imagine even just 10 years ago. When I was growing up, most products available on campus were synonymous with indulgence. I vividly remember my mom helping with school fundraisers … I couldn’t wait for the bake sale! A lot has changed since I was a kid. Today, the items available to our children at school still taste delightful—but the products’ nutritional content has drastically improved for the better. The Vegas Family enjoying post-snack time activities This is all because we’ve raised the bar for foods and beverages ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-15By Elizabeth Vegas
  • What to Bring to #PTACon18
    Do you have packing panic? Got the what-to-put-in-my-bags blues? If you’re wondering what to pack with you to bring to the 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo June 21-24 in New Orleans, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! As the date is quickly approaching, we wanted to share some tips to help you better prepare for your trip. Here are some items you should include with you to #PTACon18 in New Orleans: Cardigan/Light Jacket/Sweater: A sweater can be a great accessory to any outfit. While the average temperature in New Orleans will be 80 degrees Fahrenheit (and higher!), the air conditioning ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-13By Saron Messay
  • Membership Matters: The Annual Report
    Ending the year right is as important as getting it started right. One important and valuable step for wrapping up your PTA year is putting together and offering your members some type of Annual Report. This is an end-of-the-year report that sums up all of the great work your PTA has done and is a powerful resource to inspire support for your association. Among other things, the Annual Report allows: Everyone recruiting members to easily show what your PTA has done and what their membership will support. Everyone who is or has been a member to see what their membership ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-11By Ivelisse Castro
  • What Can Your PTA Do About the Opioid Epidemic?
    It seems that no matter where you turn, there are more and more reports about the opioid epidemic. It has impacted everyone across the country regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. This is an equal-opportunity epidemic—meaning no one is immune. However, there is still a negative public perception about individuals who struggle with substance use disorders. The myth that it is a willpower issue or “they deserve what they get” fuels the stigma that often stops people from reaching out and asking for help. In order to get an understanding of where our country is with ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-07By Susanne Smoller
  • Family-Friendly Things to Do in New Orleans
    You may be surprised to learn that this 300-year-old city—the birthplace of jazz and the home of Mardi Gras—is an ideal destination for families with kids. As we gear up for our annual convention, which will be hosted in New Orleans June 21-24, we wanted to make sure you knew about a few of the best kid-friendly things to do in the Big Easy. New Orleans is a dynamic city that brings your family amazing culture, food, music, and festivals, in addition to an array of child-friendly activities that you will not be able to find anywhere else. In ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-05By Saron Messay
  • Membership Matters: Focus on the Mission
    FastCompany recently published an article asking, “Which brands inspire consumers the most with their missions?” The article, written by Adele Peters, reports on an annual survey called the World Value Index. The World Value Index evaluates companies, nonprofits and some social movements that have come to be identified as brands–and studies how well their purpose or mission succeeds in inspiring consumers. Do you think your community knows the PTA mission by your activities and actions? “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” Enso, which published a list of ... read more
    Published on 2018-06-01By Mary Jo Neil