Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the Administrative Assistant for Missouri PTA!

Applications are now being accepted for the Administrative Assistant for Missouri PTA.  This is a part-time, hourly position that oversees the business of the state PTA office located in Columbia, MO.  Responsibilities include providing support to the volunteer members of the state Board of Managers and local PTA unit leaders.  The position also includes accounts payable, accounts receivable and basic clerical duties.  Strong communication, organizational and computer skills required as well as the ability to relate to a diversity of individuals and operate as a team player.  Microsoft Office (Word & Excel), and accounting/bookkeeping (Quick Books) experience are a plus.  Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday 20-30 hours per week.

Job Description

Send resume and letter summarizing experience via email to our President-Elect.


ESSA Comment Period Open!

Education Partners,

We are now taking comments from the public on the state’s draft Consolidated ESSA Plan through July 15. Please urge your membership to submit their comments on the plan. The more feedback we receive from a variety of audiences, the better the final product will become. We’ve created some sample messaging to help you in your communications. Feel free to use or create your own.

Sample tweet:

Make your voice heard by submitting your comments on the draft #Missouri ESSA plan through July 15https://goo.gl/gf5mTw

Sample FB Post:

You can make a difference in the education of Missouri students by offering your comments on Missouri’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Visit this web page to read the plan and comment on the topics that matter to you. #ESSA #Education https://goo.gl/90jKv4

Sample Newsletter item:

Missouri ESSA Plan Public Comment Period Now Open
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is designed to ensure that all students have a significant opportunity to have a fair and equitable high-quality education and to close education achievement gaps. The public is invited to comment on the Missouri draft Consolidated ESSA Plan over the next 30 days. To read the plan or to comment, please visit DESE’s ESSA Plan website.

Thanks for your partnership in Missouri education!

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Communications | 573.751.3469 | dese.mo.gov


PTA News – Back-to-School Kit Launches THIS MONTH!

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Your 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit Launches THIS MONTH!
shutterstock_317107571.jpgThe 2017-2018 Back-To-School Kit launches on Monday, June 19, and we’ve made some big changes—the new Kit is going to help you work smarter this year!
We’re very excited to announce that the PTA Leaders (formerly PTA President), Finance and Membership sections have been revamped to make them even more user-friendly than before.
As always, you can expect valuable tools, resources and downloads designed to help you run your PTA. They’re all easy-to-navigate and easy-to-understand, no matter which level of leadership you’re preparing for.  And you can access all of this info from your smart phone, tablet or laptop—anyplace, anytime.
You will need to register and login to access the website. But rest-assured, the process is easy and we’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions before the launch date.
PTA-Recruitment-Mockup.jpgAs a special bonus, those who register for this year’s Back-to-School Kit will get a Recruitment Tool (a tangible packet of PTA marketing materials) and a poster-sized calendar of PTA events for the upcoming school year in the mail.
You can expect more info about the kit and registration process in the days ahead. If you have any questions, email us at BackToSchool@PTA.org.
Until then, enjoy the summer!
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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


PTA News

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Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Live! Events
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When: Monday, June 12
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
In our first webinar, join Scott Meeks, National PTA’s Communications Manager, for a look at how you can tell better stories through video. Scott has more than 20 years of experience as a television reporter, producer and writer. He’ll share tips and guidelines that will help you visually showcase the amazing work being done within your PTA. Register Now.
When: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
In our second webinar, join National PTA’s Associate Manager of Digital Communications, Ashley Collier, and Fullerton PTA President Joanne DeAngelo, for a look at how to tell stories on various social media platforms.

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Join National PTA for two exciting PTA Live! events to learn how your PTA can recruit new members and improve family-school partnerships.
When: Thursday, June 8
Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT
How can you get the newest generation of parents involved and excited about PTA? You can find out by attending “Today’s Parents, Tomorrow’s Leaders: Growing a New Generation of PTA Champions” at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Join us on Facebook June 8 for a sneak peek of what you’ll learn during the symposium. Not going to convention? No problem. You can still take part in the symposium. We’ll tell you how!
When: Thursday, June 15
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
Join National PTA’s Associate Manager of Programs & Partnerships, Amy Weinberg, on Facebook June 15 to find out the answers to our three most commonly-asked questions about the School of Excellence program.
  1. What is the School of Excellence?
  2. What does a School of Excellence designation mean for a school?
  3. What is the process for becoming a School of Excellence?
We’ll also highlight past School of Excellence recipients, upcoming deadlines and the announcement of School of Excellence winners.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


PTA Takes Action 6.1.17

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June 1, 2017
Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education
TrumpBudget.jpgPresident Donald Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 last week. The proposal cuts funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion. Read National PTA’s statement on the proposed budget and find out more on National PTA’s OneVoice Blog.

National PTA has strong concerns about the proposed budget that eliminates funding for more than 20 education programs including programs that support educator professional development, after school programs, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, and preschool grants. Funding for Title I—which aids schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—as well as grants for special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) remains at the current funding level in the proposal. The proposal also does not include investments for family engagement in education through the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.

This is just the first step in a long federal budget process. You can learn more about the budget process by watching the National PTA Appropriations 101 Webinar.

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Family Engagement in Education Receives Bipartisan Support on Capitol Hill

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In April, a bipartisan group of 46 Representatives signed on to a Dear Colleague letter in support of funding SFECs. Then in May, a bipartisan group of 28 Senators signed on to a similar Dear Colleague letter in support of SFECs. In both the House and Senate, the number of members of Congress that signed on surpassed last year’s total. National PTA thanks all PTA members for their great advocacy efforts to fund SFECs this year!

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House of Representatives Passes Two National PTA-Endorsed Bills

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), bipartisan bills that will affect organizations serving vulnerable populations. CPIA will allow organizations to conduct fast, accurate and affordable background checks on prospective volunteers and employees, and JJDPA will help prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, strengthen protections for those in the system and support new initiatives for successful youth reentry into their communities. The bills now go to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.

Check the National PTA Key Legislation webpage for updates on the bills and National PTA’s Legislative Checklist and PTA Advocacy Changes Lives for more information on National PTA’s advocacy efforts.

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Advocates of the Month: Michigan PTA 
MichiganPTALogo.jpgMichigan PTA was recognized by the Michigan Department of Education and Sheila Alles, the Michigan Chief Deputy Superintendent, as innovators in education policy and experts on family engagement in schools due to their involvement in the “10 in 10 campaign, ” which aims to make Michigan a top 10 state in education in 10 years.
They created a video that was presented at the Michigan State School Board meeting, highlighting the important role of family engagement in education. You can watch a portion of their presentation on YouTube.
Tools and Resources
What to Know About Immigrant Students and Families at School

How can your PTA support immigrant students and families at school? PTA leaders have an important role in connecting immigrant families to community and school resources to help these families feel more engaged and welcome in their schools. Check out our new bilingual FAQ, and watch the recording of our webinar on The Role of PTA in Supporting Immigrant Families to learn more.

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New Resource: State Guide to Building Online School Report Cards
OnlineReportCardPic.pngNational PTA, with the Council for Chief State School Officers, Collaborative Communications Group, Data Quality Campaign, ExcelinEd and Learning Heroes, co-created a State Guide to Building Online School Report Cards—a 12-month, step-by-step timeline and guide outlining a process for states to develop a next-generation report card under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
This new guide helps states break down the process for creating report cards that are easy for parents and the public to access and understand.
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College and Career-Readiness Resources

AmericanYouthPolicyForumLogo.pngThe American Youth Policy Forum‘s (AYPF) vision is that all young people will be able to meet their full potential in school, career and civic life as a result of our commitment to educate, inform and engage policymakers in the development of effective and supportive youth policies.

AYPF’s College and Career Readiness program area addresses issues of reforming middle and high schools and new strategies to ensure that high school students graduate and are prepared for postsecondary education and careers.
Here are just a few topic areas that AYPF has developed resources on for students and families:
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Summertime means sun and fun, making it the perfect time for learning to come alive for your child! But as parents, we know it isn’t always easy to keep children engaged during the break. That’s where the “Summer Stride” comes in!

Developed by Learning Heroes, the National Summer Learning Association, and National PTA, read five simple ideas to help your child stride forward this summer.

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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


President Trump’s Cuts to Public Education Devastating for America’s Children

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 24, 2017)— President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal cuts funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.

“Equitable, high-quality public education for all students is essential to children and the nation’s long-term success,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Federal funding for education has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades. Cutting funding for public education programs by an astounding $9.2 billion would further undermine opportunity for all children. Greater investments in public education are critical to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and to improve our nation’s economic competitiveness.”

In addition to cutting vital funding for public education programs overall, President Trump’s budget proposal does not include funding for educator professional development or for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, which help ensure students receive well-rounded educational opportunities, learn in healthy and safe school environments and have opportunities to use technology in the classroom. Funding for Title I—which aids schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—as well as for special education grants through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) remains at the current level in the proposal. The proposal also does not include investments for family engagement in education through the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative to invest in family engagement programs as well as special education and Title I to ensure all children are provided the best opportunities to thrive and learn,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA Executive Director. “Across the country there are great disparities in available resources as well as the quality of and access to educational opportunities. National PTA remains steadfast in our belief that robust federal investments must be made in public education programs that promote equity and opportunity for all children.”

While making significant cuts to public education funding, President Trump’s budget proposal includes a new $250 million competitive grant program that would allow public dollars to be used for private and religious school tuition. Additionally, the proposal allocates $1 billion in Title I for the creation of a new grant program that would allow those funds to “follow” a child to any public school.

“National PTA has strong concerns about any proposal that would significantly affect the distribution of funds across and within Title I districts and create division and separation within communities. Our association also opposes any private school choice system—tax credits, vouchers or deductions—that drains critical public school resources,” added President Bay. “Public dollars must remain invested in public schools and not be diverted for the benefit of all students and the future of our nation.”

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.


School of Excellence Enrollment 2017-2018 Now Open

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The 2017-2018 National School of Excellence Program is Now Open

PTAs across the country are beginning their journey to strengthen family-school partnerships at their schools and make a substantial, positive impact on student success.

By enrolling in this program, PTAs and school administrators are making a year-long commitment in identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

In August 2018, National PTA will celebrate these PTA-school partnerships by awarding successful enrollees the National PTA School of Excellence distinction for two academic years.

Enroll now to be considered among the 2018-2020 National PTA Schools of Excellence recipients.

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To learn more visit PTA.org/Excellence, email Excellence@PTA.org or call (800) 307‐4782.

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1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Congratulations to National PTA’s #ThankATeacher Contest Winners 🎉

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Join Us in Congratulating Our #ThankATeacher Contest Winners! 
Google Express Grand Prize Winners
  • Fullerton Elementary School PTA – Addison, IL
  • Martha Baldwin School PTA – Alhambra, CA
Google Express First-Place Winners
  • duPont Manual High School PTSA – Louisville, KY
  • James E. Randolph Elementary PTA – Fulshear, TX
  • Lakeview Middle School PTA – Greenville, SC
  • Sycamore Elementary School PTA – Vail, AZ

Google Express Runner-Up Winners

  • Bandelier Elementary School PTA – Albuquerque, NM
  • Bethke Elementary PTA – Katy, TX
  • Cedargrove Elementary School PTA – Covina, CA
  • Cornerstone Health + Technology High School PTSA – Southfield, MI
  • Crosspointe Elementary School PTA – Boynton Beach, FL
  • Deer Run School PTA – East Haven, CT
  • Denali Elementary School PTA – Fairbanks, AK
  • Fairview Park PTA Council – Fairview, OH
  • Farmington PTA – Farmington, NH
  • Floyd Middle School PTSA – Mableton, GA
  • Hamburg Central PTSA – Hamburg, NY
  • Hanover Highlands Elementary School PTA – Hanover Park, IL
  • Henderson Mill Elementary PTA – Atlanta, GA
  • Herndon Elementary School PTA – Herndon, VA
  • John M. Bailey Community School PTA – Bayonne, NJ
  • Laukhuf Elementary School PTA – Louisville, KY
  • Liberty Elementary School PTA – Boise, ID
  • Lukas Elementary School PTA – Westminster, CO
  • Nimitz Elementary School PTA – Cupertino, CA
  • Northwoods Elementary School PTA – Cary, NC
  • Pathfinder Elementary PTA – Kansas City, MO
  • Procter Elementary School PTA – Independence, MO
  • Rose Springs Elementary School PTA – Stansbury Park, UT
  • Ruth Chaffee Elementary School PTA – Newington, CT
  • Valley View Elementary PTA – Rapid City, SD
HarperCollins Major Winners
  • Creekside Elementary School PTA – Winterville, NC
  • Joe Nightingale Elementary School PTA – Santa Maria, CA
  • Unity Drive Pre-K Kindergarten Center PTA – Centereach, NY

HarperCollins Runner-Up Winners

  • Alice Birney Elementary PTA – San Diego, CA
  • Cave Spring Elementary School PTA – Roanoke, VA
  • Celebration School PTA – Celebration, FL
  • Colona Grade School PTA – Colona, IL
  • Hedge Elementary PTA – Plymouth, MA
  • Norman J. Levy Lakeside School PTA – Merrick, NY
  • Southside Elementary School PTA – Johnson City, TN
  • Tumbleweed Community PTA – Phoenix, AZ
  • W.A. Porter Elementary School PTA – Hurst, TX
  • Westowne Elementary School PTA – Catonsville, MD
GoFundMe Campaign Flash Funding Recipients
  • Sand Lake Elementary School PTSA – Anchorage, AK
  • Grafenwoehr Elementary School PTA – APO, AE
  • Central Kitsap High School PTSA -Silverdale, WA
  • Pinnacle View Middle School PTSA – Little Rock, AR
  • Grover Cleveland Elementary PTSA – Erie, PA
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Exciting Opportunity for PTA Families – Webinar Friday May 19th

National PTA and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure all families in Missouri have the resources they need for kids to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Access from AT&T gets families in low income communities connected to affordable internet access at home for as low as $9.99 per month.  Interested in learning more? Join an informational webinar Friday, May 19th at 12pm ET. Register now.

National PTA and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure all families in Missouri have the resources they need for kids to succeed in the classroom and beyond.  Access from AT&T gets families in low income communities connected to affordable internet access at home for as low as $9.99 per month. Interested in learning more? Visit PTA.org/digitalaccess.