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  • Join the First-Timers Experience at National PTA Convention!
    Are you a PTA mission believer and achiever? A PTA leader of leaders? An advocate who wants better for our students and schools nationwide? Then we’ll see you at 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo June 21-24 in beautiful and historic New Orleans, La. In true New Orleans hospitality, we will welcome our first-time attendees with extra kindness. We will show you how to navigate National PTA’s largest and most comprehensive leadership development experience while making the networking easy for you! Here are your three FIRST steps to making sure this is your best PTA decision ever: Come to ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-15By Mary Pat King
  • Help Your Child Feel Confident and Ready for the State Test
    Spring is here—with longer, warmer days and the promise of the end of the school year. As the school year winds down, it means it’s that time of year when children across the country are asked to “show what they know” by taking their state’s annual test in math and English language arts. As the expert on your child, you see firsthand all the different ways your child is developing.  Along with grades and teacher feedback, the state test can help you know how well your child is mastering the grade level skills needed to keep progressing in school. ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-07By Bibb Hubbard
  • Enjoy Summer Vacation to the Fullest with Healthy Habits
    School is almost out for the summer, and students are looking forward to the pool parties, travel and beach days ahead. Use these easy and effective tips to help prevent illness this summer to ensure children have a safe and fun vacation. Stay Clean: While kids are on summer vacation, school’s not out for germs. The fun outdoor activities keep children busy but also mean germs and bacteria are being spread throughout the home. Remember to disinfect areas in your home regularly to help prevent the spread of germs. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and Lysol Disinfectant Spray kill 99.9% of ... read more
    Published on 2018-05-04By Rory Tait
  • The Military Education Savings Account Act: Detrimental to Public Schools and Families
    Earlier this year, Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) and Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced House and Senate versions of the Military Education Savings Accounts Act (HR 5199 / S 2517). This bill would create an Education Savings Account (ESA) program that would allow children with an active-duty parent in the military to use a voucher to attend a private school.  National PTA opposes this bill as it would divert much-needed public funds away from public schools and into the hands of unaccountable private schools. ESAs are simply private school vouchers by another name. They shift public money—in this ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-30By Hannah Engle
  • 5 Secrets to Finding the Perfect Balance as PTA Leader AND a Parent
    (Sponsored Post) Let’s be honest. Parents are some of the busiest people on Earth. And when you add in a PTA leadership role, it can be tough to juggle responsibilities at home and at school. So how do you strike the right balance? After working with thousands of PTA leaders, and helping them run over 10,000 successful fundraisers during the past 16 years, at Boosterthon we’ve learned a thing or two about serving in a parent organization. Here are five simple secrets to creating a healthy balance between being a parent and a PTA leader.  1. Schedule and save Leading ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-27By Boosterthon
  • Membership Matters: Reevaluating at the End of the School Year
    It’s hard to believe, but the school year will be over in just a few short months. Right now is the perfect time to take a step back and evaluate the impact that your PTA has had on your community over the past year. Have you created a welcoming environment for parents, teachers and community members? If you feel that you may have missed the mark or would like to try some new things, now is the time to try out some new tactics. In a recent article in FastCompany titled, “The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-23By Mary Jo Neil
  • Use Healthy Habits to Prevent Cold & Flu in Time for Graduation
    (Sponsored Post) Cold & flu season is most common during the chilly winter months with peaks of activity between December and February.[1] The 2017-2018 flu season, which is expected to last through May, has been particularly strong, with elevated activity occurring in most of the country simultaneously.[2] In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 45 states are currently experiencing widespread flu activity.[3] With graduation season approaching and school communities gearing up to celebrate student achievements, it’s critical to use healthy habits to avoid illness. Practice these healthy habits to help prevent the spread of cold ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-20By Rory Tait
  • Reading Under the Stars
    As part of Take Your Family to School Week, Wilson Elementary School PTA in Norman, Oklahoma invited their school community to participate in a Family Reading Experience in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The Wilson Elementary School PTA coined this event “Reading Under the Stars” where families took part in a read-aloud of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca and visited four literacy-based activity stations which included craft-making and the creation of space-themed stories. Upon completion of their ‘Astronaut Checklists’, students earned a free space book. Wilson Elementary School PTA was met with wonderful ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-18By Amy Weinberg
  • Parents are critical to education’s success
    This column was originally published via The Detroit News.  I was visiting a local school district, meeting with some of their student PTSA members. While there, I had the opportunity to meet the administrative team — principal, assistant principals, office staff. They were amazed that the president of Michigan Parent Teacher Association (PTA) — a statewide association — was there to visit. They felt compelled to discuss how valuable the PTSA was to their school, to the community (as if I had some say over whether or not they existed). The administrators spoke of the dedication of the PTA leaders, ... read more
    Published on 2018-04-09By admin
  • Jan Harp Domene: A Legacy
    It is more than a positive coincidence that as part of my responsibilities as chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Committee, I am privileged to administer the Jan Harp Domene Diversity Award, named after past National PTA President, Jan Harp Domene. Many in PTA knew Jan, particularly during her time as National president (2007-2009). My involvement with Jan began when I was appointed as an At Large Board of Directors member by president Shirley Igo. I quickly got to know Jan through her many PTA activities in California and nationally. She immediately impressed me as a knowledgeable, passionate ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-28By Frank Kwan
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our Communities As Classrooms, Reclaiming The “Local” In Schools
    Guest Contributor /// Nate McClennen, Vice President for Education and Innovation for Teton Science SchoolsContinue reading on Love2LearnIdaho » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-20By Love2Learn Idaho