National PTA Diversity Awards Application Is Open

The application closes March 14, 2021 at 11PM EST/ 8PM PST.

Do you know of a PTA (including your own) who has made significant progress in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion – from diversifying its membership or leadership to creating a culture of belonging to ending discriminatory practices? National PTA is now accepting applications for the 2021 Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award. State, district/council/region, and local PTAs are eligible to apply and winners will receive a $1,000 award and recognition at the 2021 National PTA Convention and Expo!

As you know, we believe that equity drives our mission and that every PTA focusing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to the success of our association at all levels. National PTA’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach Committee hopes to raise awareness about this award and increase the number of applicants – can you help? Learn more, promote, and apply at and using the attached social media toolkit.

Jan Harp Domene served as National PTA President from 2007-2009 and was a champion for diversity and inclusion, ensuring that families of all backgrounds felt welcomed into the PTA family. National PTA established the Jan Harp Domene Award in 2012 to recognize outstanding PTAs across the country who have succeeded and continue to make diversity and inclusion a priority.

This year, the application process has been streamlined and applicants can apply in writing or by video submission and in English and Spanish at A state, district/council/region, and local PTA will be chosen to receive the award, so please help promote it across your PTA networks. The application closes March 14, 2021 at 11PM EST/ 8PM PST.

Upcoming Webinars

The Hunt Institute is offering the following upcoming webinars.

GOVERNING PRINCIPALS: Investing in Career & Technical Education
September 29, 2020 at 11:00am ET

With economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that states are thoughtful and deliberate in how they are investing in developing their workforce. In this upcoming edition of Governing Principals, Russlynn Ali will be joined by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox (UT) and Lt. Governor Michael Kehoe (MO) as they delve into the importance of workforce development and career and technical education in the wake of the pandemic.


October 1, 2020 at 7:00pm ET

In the wake of learning disruptions as a result of COVID-19, schools are wondering how to best measure growth. Additionally, how can we put systems into place that ensure we have equitable measurements of student growth moving forward?  The panel will include Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven.

Nextdoor Launches First-of-its-Kind National Campaign Empowering Neighbors to Raise Funds for Local Schools Who Need it Most

Nextdoor is launching a new national campaign and collaborating with National PTA to tap into neighborhoods to raise funds for schools and families as an unpredictable school year gets underway. From distance learning and food insecurities to technology access, school communities are facing unprecedented challenges. Through this collaboration, PTAs for the first time can instantly reach verified neighbors through Nextdoor to gain support for their mission and raise funds for students and schools in need—something they need now more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Nextdoor’s new Sell For Good feature, neighbors can support their local schools by simply buying and selling household items on Nextdoor’s For Sale & Free and donating the proceeds to their local PTAs.

“COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for so many students, families and schools, and PTAs across the country are working hard to help navigate these,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “We appreciate Nextdoor’s new way of supporting local PTAs and their communities’ challenges.”

Nextdoor and PTA are kicking off the collaboration and first-of-its kind campaign in Austin and Chicago. In Austin, neighbors can clean out their closets in support of the Austin Council of PTAs, and all proceeds donated via Sell For Good will go toward the Austin Fun + Learning project. In Chicago, proceeds will support grants awarded to Title I schools that are most in need.

“If there were ever a moment to connect with our neighborhoods on a deeper level, that time is now,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. “We’re thrilled to team up with National PTA to provide a timely solution as neighbors unite to help provide educational resources for students in need this school year.”

PTAs interested in learning more can visit Sell for Good is free to use and available for all Nextdoor members in the United States at or by visiting the For Sale & Free section in your Nextdoor app.

National PTA does not endorse any commercial product, entity or service. No endorsement of Nextdoor is implied. 

Missouri PTA Signs-On to show support of extending key Child Nutrition Waivers through June 30, 2021

While extending the child nutrition waivers through December 31, 2020 is an important first step, it is critical that these waivers are available through June 30, 2021, and that this extension is made quickly.

Schools and community sponsors need consistency and time in order to effectively plan and implement meal service. Requiring school nutrition directors and community sponsors to switch from one program to another on January 1st will only result in confusion for families, as well as disruptions to meal access at a time when child hunger continues to grow.

We ask that USDA acts before September 30th – when the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authority to issue nationwide waivers expires – to extend the following waivers to ensure continued access to meals through the entire school year:

– Allow the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to be used to feed children through the school year;

– Extend all nationwide waivers for SFSP and SSO, including non-congregate feeding, parent/guardian pick-up, meal pattern flexibility, meal service time, and area eligibility waiver through the school year;

– Waive the Afterschool Activity Requirement for the Afterschool Meal Program and the Snack Programs available through CACFP and NSLP; and

– Allow those providing meals through the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option to also utilize Afterschool Meal and Snack Programs.