• 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
  • 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
  • Delegate or Do it Yourself?
    This piece was first featured on Portland Council PTA’s blog. Have you delegated a task, only to find out that the result wasn’t what you expected? Do you micromanage because you want things done properly? Many PTA leaders fail to delegate because they think it’s quicker to do it themselves—they can’t trust others to do the work or feel that they will just end up re-doing it themselves, so they may as well do it from the start. They are usually afraid that tasks won’t be completed in a timely manner or to a standard that they expect, ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-17By Lisa Kensel
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Early Challenges and Promising Practices
    This post was originally published on the blog for the Learning First Alliance. With the transition to a new presidential administration, change abounds in the federal education policy world. As we await action from a new Secretary of Education, we’ve also seen President Trump issue an executive order pausing the accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), followed by a move by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to overturn them. Those rules, finalized last November by the Obama administration, were intended to guide states in submitting their accountability plans to the federal government. Despite the ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-16By Learning First Alliance
  • Adventures in Personalized Learning at Meadows Valley School
    Guest Contributor /// Patrick Berg, Principal at Meadows Valley SchoolContinue reading on Love2LearnIdaho » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-13By Love2Learn Idaho
  • Designed For Learning — At School And At Home
    Guest Contributor /// Tom Vander Ark, Getting SmartContinue reading on Love2LearnIdaho » ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-07By Love2Learn Idaho
  • What I’ve Learned…
    As a former state president and a longtime PTA member, I am aware that creating an environment where all parents can work together is challenging and conflict is too common. But if there is anything I have learned throughout my involvement in the association, members in our states need to be empowered to be advocates—for our children, families, school and communities and within PTA. That is, after all, the foundation on which our association is built. Over the past week, National PTA has been made aware through phone calls, email correspondence and social media that PTA members in Georgia ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-03By Laura Bay
  • The Search for Your Child’s Ideal Learning Environment
    Guest Contributor /// Scott SteeleContinue reading on Love2LearnIdaho » ... read more
    Published on 2017-01-30By Love2Learn Idaho