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  • Spark Family Engagement at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Bonny Kate PTA (Knox County, Tenn.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. The entire community of Bonny Kate Elementary School was so excited to learn that we had been awarded a PTA STEM + Families Initiative grant for a littleBits Invention Night. Invention Nights are incredible opportunities for family engagement. Last year, we had our inaugural STEAM Night and the ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-19By Denise Cross
  • Have Robotics Fun at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Archer Elementary PTA (Archer, Fla.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. Despite having a robust Robotics program in our curriculum, our elementary school had never held any type of STEM event for families to get a taste of what their children were learning. Thanks to National PTA and littleBits awarding us the grant for 50 Little Bits Invention Kits, we ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12By Pam Korithoski
  • Experience the First-Ever State PTA Leadership Institute at #PTACon19
    Are you a State PTA Officer? Do you want to be? If you answered yes, then you will be thrilled with the Convention Education options at #PTACon19 in Columbus, Ohio. With more advanced workshops than ever, you’ll gain new strategies and hone your nonprofit management skills to strengthen every angle of your State PTA—leadership, membership and mission. For the first time, State PTA Presidents, Presidents-Elect and Incoming Presidents-Elect will have access to a continuous, shared learning experience called the State PTA Leadership experience. The kick-off event occurs pre-conference at a day-long training featuring author and well-known communications trainer, Shari ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-12By Mary Pat King
  • New! On-Demand Training Series Launches for State Leaders
    National PTA has launched a new state PTA training series: Leadership Drives Membership. This seven-segment video series features a complementary self-reflection and discussion guide for State PTA Boards, Committees and other State PTA Leaders seeking to improve strategies that increase membership. All videos are between 15-30 minutes and can be viewed on-demand in the Membership section of the State Resource Bank. This comprehensive training was a cross-committee, volunteer-staff collaboration to include members of the National PTA Membership Committee, chaired by Vice President of Membership Anna King, National PTA Field Services Committee, chaired by Darlene Harris, and the National PTA ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-11By Mary Pat King
  • Help Your PTAs Make a P.L.A.N. with E-Learning & Other Training Tools
    National PTA transformed the DIY Kit for Membership Growth into an interactive course for Local PTA Leaders: Membership 101 – Design Your Membership P.L.A.N. If you’d like to bring the DIY Kit for Membership Growth to life, check out our training tools on the State Resource Bank to include: DIY Membership Plan PowerPoint Facilitator’s Guide Handouts: DIY Guide for Your PTA Membership P.L.A.N. Role Play Scenarios Goal-Setting Worksheets 10 Reasons to Belong to PTA Membership flyer for Parents/Educators(also in Spanish) PTA Membership Goal Thermometer Poster 10 Reasons to Belong to PTA Pocket Guide(also in Spanish) State PTAs will ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-10By Mary Pat King
  • Voices for Wear Orange
    In my community, everyone can tell you where they were the day of the Columbine High School shooting. When I hear anything about a mass shooting, people whose faces I know who were hurt, traumatized, or killed at Columbine, pass through my mind… people whose lives changed the instant a gun fired inside a school. Many people who were there that day have gone on to have great lives with little connection to the shooting. Some have not been that lucky. Most can easily be triggered each time a new shooting hits the news in our community, Deer Creek… ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-08By Ami Prichard
  • The Road Ahead: Federal Education Funding in Fiscal Year 2020
    To understand where Congress goes next in this year’s education funding process, it is important to understand the journey up to this point. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently in the thick of its funding process, which is more commonly known as appropriations. They must, along with the U.S. Senate, fund education programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 by September 30, 2019. Last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved the House version of the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill. The bill provides crucial funding for education and related programs that serve millions of students across the country, including ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-07By Darrell Robinson
  • Engage Your School to Prevent Online Child Exploitation
    June is Internet Safety Month, so this is a great time to learn more about the risks that children face online and what we can do to help keep them safe. In 2018 alone, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline® received more than 18.4 million reports of online child sexual exploitation. The majority of these tips were related to: Apparent child sexual abuse imagery Online enticement, including “sextortion” Child sex trafficking Online enticement involves an individual communicating with a child on the internet to commit a sexual offense or abduction. Similarly, “sextortion” is a process ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-06By Eliza Harrel
  • Make Connections at a STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night
    SPOTLIGHT: Hollin Meadows PTA (Alexandria, Va.) This post is part of a series authored by local PTA leaders sharing their stories as STEM + Families littleBits Invention Night winners. These real-world experiences shed light on how an individual PTA planned and hosted their event, including lessons learned and practical advice. If you are looking for a way to get your school community involved in a meaningful, engaging and fun activity, consider hosting a National PTA Invention Night sponsored by littleBits! This event allows students and families to make so many connections—both the science kind and the personal kind! We ... read more
    Published on 2019-06-05By Eileen Gorman
  • The Summer of STEM
    Original post: https://medium.com/stem-next-opportunity-fund/2019-the-summer-of-stem-e7755ebae5e7  “Not all summers are created equal.” We agree with this assessment from Laura Johnson, VP of Communications at the National Summer Learning Association. STEM Next Opportunity Fund puts forward the challenge — Let’s empower families so that every child has access to quality summer learning. Summer can offer time to explore new subjects and go deep into personal interests. Summer can also increase the opportunity gap. We know that kids from under-resourced communities may fall behind in academics, while kids in higher-income families increase skills over the summer months. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s research that ... read more
    Published on 2019-05-31By Linda Kekelis
  • 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