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  • 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
  • Explore digital learning over Spring Break
    (Sponsored Post) As a busy working mom of 3 young children, I look forward to spring break. It’s a moment when time slows down and I’m able to disconnect from the daily scramble of balancing work and home life so I can focus on my family. Spending the spring break with my children usually involves tons of crafts, a marathon game of Monopoly, and lots of time outside. Yet I also make time for learning, not only for myself — catching up on the latest research on education technology — but also to better understand how my children are ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-26By Karen Greenleaf
  • Public School Is What You Make of It
    Public Schools Week is March 12-16. Show your support for our nation’s public schools by sharing stories like the one below on how public schools have positively impacted your child’s life using #LovePublicEducation and #PublicSchoolsWeek. On her first day of kindergarten, I dutifully loaded my precious five-year-old Ashley onto a big yellow bus to head to school. She was thrilled, carrying her new lunchbox and proudly showing off a backpack that was bigger than she was! She looked so small, and so brave, waving from the bus window. My eyes welled up with tears on the walk back to ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-12By Lisa-Marie Haygood
  • Parents are Key to Healthy Schools
    When we moved to the Skokie School District, just outside of Chicago, I decided to volunteer at my children’s school, John Middleton Elementary, because I know kids do better in school when their parents are involved.  My three kids, ages 4, 6 and 8, are active in swimming, Tae Kwon Do and baseball, but I know that learning to eat healthy is as important for them as being active. Kids tend to think they are like Superman, but with my family’s history of high cholesterol and heart disease, instilling healthy habits in my children has always been important to ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-09By Minal Desai
  • Grief, Courage, Shame, Pride and Responsibility
    GRIEF. My heart is heavy with GRIEF and anger over the all-too-common school shootings that cause families to experience unbearable loss and tear our communities apart. The recent shooting in our own PTSA school in Parkland, Fla. brought it close to home once again. Seventeen families lost their most precious loved ones on Valentine’s Day. As Florida PTA President Cindy Gerhardt wrote so well, “The heaviness of this horrific act has suffocated us with grief, sadness, hopelessness and hurt.” COURAGE. We ask it of our children as they leave for school each day and participate in active shooter drills. ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-08By Nathan R. Monell, CAE
  • Spring into the New Season with Healthy Habits
    (Sponsored Post) Cabin fever is not the only bug around this time of year! This winter has been one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[1] reporting that flu season can run as late in the year as May. Across the country, families and school communities are dealing with the severity of this season and while it is unpredictable as to when it will end, there are prevention methods to help stay healthy. With spring time approaching, it’s important to leave cold and flu behind in the winter months ... read more
    Published on 2018-03-05By Rory Tait
  • 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