National PTA – Confused about the federal budget? We can help!

Webinar: Federal Appropriations 101
When: Wednesday, Oct. 5
Time: 3 p.m. EDT


Every year, Congress must pass a budget to fund the government for the next year. This congressional requirement has become more complex over the years, but no less important, as the budget decides what federal programs should be funded.
National PTA’s government affairs department will guide participants through the appropriations process with updates on the funding levels for certain education programs.
Participants will learn:
  • How the annual federal appropriations process works
  • Ways to effectively advocate for investments in education
  • National PTA’s federal funding priorities
  • Joshua Westfall, Government Affairs Manager, National PTA
  • Jacqueline Thomas, Legislative Assistant, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
We encourage you to share this webinar with all PTA members and leaders in your community!
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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942

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National PTA Local Leader News – 9.28.16

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September 28, 2016
There’s Still Time to Enroll in School of Excellence
Enrollment has been extended to Oct. 15! National PTA invites you toenroll this school year to demonstrate your continued commitment to building strong family-school partnerships and positively impacting your whole school community. Enroll today at
Then join our webinar Wed., Oct.  26 at 2 p.m. EDT, to help you get started on the path to excellence. We’ll dive deeper into the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Guest speakers include School of Excellence award recipients will share how their PTA and school achieved excellence status.
Reminder: Call for Resolutions for 2017 PTA Convention
The resolutions committee is seeking resolutions for consideration during the 2017 National Convention in Las Vegas.
  • All resolutions packets must be RECEIVED electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Nov. 1.
  • See our checklist for detailed submission guidelines.
  • Resolutions received after the deadline will not be presented at the 2017 National Convention.
  • Early submission is encouraged. If parts of the resolution or background information are missing, or if edits are necessary, the submitter will need to work with a committee member to ensure the final submission is completed by the deadline date.
  • Fax and hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
For more info, see our PTA Resolutions Toolkit.
Become a National PTA Leader!
The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is seeking candidates to stand for election in June 2017 for several national leadership positions. NLDC is accepting Letter of Interest Applications submitted online until 11:59 p.m. PDT (3 a.m. EDT), Sat., Oct. 1.
We strongly recommend you submit your application early. Watch the recording of our webinar on the new online application process!
If you have questions, please contact the NLDC at or (703) 518-1251.
PTA Webinars
These webinars were pre-recorded. Watch them on National PTA’s YouTube.

Save the Date
Webinar: Federal Appropriations 101
Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT
Join National PTA’s Government Affairs team on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT for a webinar that will guide participants through the federal appropriations process with updates on the funding levels for education programs.Register now!
2017 National PTA LegCon
March 7-9, 2017
Join National PTA on March 7-9, 2017 in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon). The conference will feature new content and trainings to provide PTA advocates with the latest skills to shape public policy.
Go Back-to-School With PTA E-Learning
National PTA e-Learning offers new micro-courses designed toexplain specific topics in just 8-12 minutes.


Looking to find out more about 501(c)(3) requirements? Take the Quick Guide to 501(c)(3) Basics Course! Are you looking to help support local unit secretaries with specific training on how to record minutes properly? Take the Quick Guide to Taking and Approving Meeting Minutes!
If you are looking for more information regarding all of National PTA’s e-Learning courses, visit our Facebook page to see our most recent PTA Live with e-Learning Manager Jonathan Baker. He covers a wide range of e-Learning topics from translated Spanish courses to why using e-Learning as a tool for your Local Units is most important during Back-to-School!
Calling All Federal Employees
Are you or someone you know a federal employee, member of the military or a federal contractor?
If so, please choose National PTA as your charity of choice for your federal workplace giving campaign!
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Actor Rob Lowe helped launch the Crest Healthier Smiles Project in NYC on Sept. 26.
Crest is partnering with the National PTA on an education program and working with Feeding America to donate hundreds of thousands of tubes of toothpaste to those who need it most.
Is Your Child on Pace for Math Success?
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Whether students are ahead of the curve, performing at grade level, or falling behind, Mathnasium is here to help them reach their math goals.
Get a Healthy Start on the School Year


More than 38 million school days each year are missed due to influenza alone, while tens of millions more are lost due to colds and other infectious diseases.
To help reduce absenteeism in schools, Lysol has partnered with the National PTA and NEA (National Education Association) to develop the Healthy Habits Program, which  provides customizable lesson plans, activity calendars and tips for parents and teachers on how to help keep kids healthy. Learn more today!
Local Leader’s Guide to Helping Young Artists Become Masters
shutterstock_425810359.jpgWhen Rembrandt was learning to paint, he greatly benefited from the training and leadership of mentors who led him along the path to becoming a master artist.
The Park West Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Park West Gallery, supported National PTA during National Arts in Education Week. Without Local Leaders emphasizing art education, the world would become a dimmer place. Learn more about Park West’s mission at
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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
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National PTA Statement on Townville Elementary School Shooting

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 28, 2016)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:


“National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this afternoon at Townville Elementary School in Townville, S.C. Our hearts, prayers and sympathies go out to the students, families, educators and administrators.


“While the facts are still being gathered, any act of violence at a school or involving children and youth is intolerable. Every student deserves to learn and grow in an environment that is safe. And the protection of students is of utmost importance. It is urgent that families, educators, community leaders and elected officials work together to make meaningful changes to ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.


“It has been, and remains, a top priority of National PTA to prevent and eliminate violence in schools, promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for laws and regulations in the areas of gun safety, violence prevention and juvenile justice.


“National PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded”


About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.


Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (703) 518-1242