Save the Date! Upcoming National PTA Events

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PTALiveSidebarSmall(1).jpgSave the Date: Two PTA Live! Events

Mark your calendars for two PTA Live! events on Facebook. Both events highlight the 2017-2018 National PTA Back-to-School Kit.

Join us THIS WEEK for an overview of the website, registration and a look at the Recruitment Tool and calendar that all registrants will receive in the mail.

Join our Director of Education & Leadership Development, Mary Pat King, as she highlights brand new sections, content and explains why this year’s kit is even easier to use than before.

Be sure to have your questions and comments ready for both PTA Live! events.  And don’t forget to register for the 2017-2018 Back-to-School kit at PTA.org/BTSKRegister!

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1250 N. Pitt Street
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Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
E-mail: info@PTA.org

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PTA Takes Action 8.2.17

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Federal Funding Process Gets a Late Start

CapitolBuilding(1).jpgIn July, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee that works on education funding and the full House Appropriations Committee both approved an education funding bill that would cut education spending by $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2018. The House education funding bill is expected to move to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote in September. The U.S. Senate has not released a draft of their education funding bill, but is expected to in September.


Tell Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms
StopCutstoClassroomsImage.jpgJoin PTA advocates across the country to demand that Congress #STOPCutsToClassrooms and invest more than 2% in public education before the Sept. 30 funding deadline.
Visit National PTA’s #STOPCutsToClassrooms webpage to learn more about federal funding for public education and sign the petition to #STOPCutsToClassrooms.


Why National PTA Endorsed the Teachers and Parents at the Table Act

TeachersParentsTableAct.jpgThe Teachers and Parents at the Table Act would create two committees made up of teachers, parents and family members to advise the Secretary of Education, report to Congress on family engagement in education and offer guidance for state and local education leaders to improve family engagement policies in schools.

Read more about PTA’s stance in this press release, or read the full text of the bill.


August: Hottest Time for Advocacy

shutterstock_363406850.jpgMembers of Congress are heading home for their annual August recess. This is a great opportunity for your PTA to host site visits with your elected officials so they can see what your local PTA is doing for the schools in their district.

Not sure how to plan an event with your member of Congress? No problem! Check out National PTA’s Hosting a Site Visit for a Member of Congress resource.


Advocates of the Month

National PTA’s advocates of the month are the members of the Alachua County Council (ACC) of PTAs. ACC PTA President Khanh-Lien Banko and ACC PTA Advocacy Chair Rik McNeill, advocacy chair, recently wrote an Op-Ed in the Gainesville Sun, highlighting the important role that PTAs and members play in advocating on behalf of students and families.

They are working to organize forums and school-based meetings to inform families and school communities about the impact of a new, wide-sweeping education bill that was recently passed in Florida. Learn more about ACC PTA at ACCPTA.org and Facebook.com/theACCPTA.


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Save the Date! Join Us For …

Webinar: What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?

Tuesday, August 8, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Join National PTA and Learning Heroes for a webinar to learn how school, district and state report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) equip parents to make better decisions concerning their children’s educational opportunities and become more effective advocates. Register now!

PTA Live! Federal Funding for Low-Income Students
Friday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
As part of our #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign, this PTA Live will discuss how federal funding for low-income students (also known as Title I funding) is used in schools and the need for greater investments in education.

PTA Live! Federal Funding for Students with Disabilities
Friday, August 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT
As part of our #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign, this PTA Live will discuss how federal funding for students with disabilities through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is used in schools.


Resource: Go Back-to-School With the PTA-NEA Family Guides
National PTA, in partnership with the National Education Association, is pleased to announce the release of the updated PTA-NEA Family Guides. These guides help families navigate common topics related to improving student outcomes and engaging families in their child’s education.
Topics include Preparing Your Child for School, Making Sure Your Child Gets the Education they Deserve, Helping Your Child with Today’s Math and Testing at Your Child’s School. Visit PTA.org/FamilyGuides to see these and more!


Resources: How Test Results Can Help You Be a Better Advocate

All parents should be able to use results on tests to help improve their child’s learning and advocate for sound assessment practices. Use the following resources to ensure parents at your school are empowered to take an active role in advocating for sound assessment practices, not only for their children, but for every child.


School Based Opportunities


Encourage Your School to Participate in the Congressional App Challenge

CACLogo.JPGThe Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic and racial gaps in tech.

During the next 14 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their own original applications, that will be evaluated by panels of local judges. To get involved or for more info, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.


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Help National PTA #STOPCutsToClassrooms!

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Over 1,000 people have signed the petition to #STOPCutsToClassrooms. Are you on that list? Sign today and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

We need to tell Congress that our children deserve more than 2% of the federal budget for their education. Mark your calendars for the following #STOPCutsToClassrooms events over the next few months!

#STOPCutsToClassrooms Twitter Chat

  • Friday, July 28, 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Join the conversation by following National PTA on Twitter and using the hashtag #STOPCutsToClassrooms in your tweets.

PTA Live! Events

  • Federal Funding for Low-Income Students
    Friday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
    This PTA Live will discuss how federal funding for low-income students (also known as Title I funding) is used in schools and the need for greater investments in education.
  • Federal Funding for Students with Disabilities
    Friday, August 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT
    This PTA Live will discuss how federal funding for students with disabilities through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is used in schools.

Want to learn more about #STOPCutsToClassrooms? Watch this PTA Live! on Facebook that introduces the campaign.

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P.S. Be on the lookout for a #STOPCutsToClassrooms Challenge in August!

National PTA Headquarters

1250 N. Pitt Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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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


Upcoming Webinar on 8/8: What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card

Good afternoon PTA ESSA Network!

National PTA and Learning Heroes is hosting a webinar called “What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?” on August 8 at 4pm EST. Join this important webinar to learn how ESSA report cards equip parents to make better decisions concerning their children’s educational opportunities and become more effective advocates. The webinar will be presented by Erica Felker, Research and Content Advisor at Learning Heroes, Sarah Gross, President, Virginia PTA and me. To register, please clickhere. There is also sample social media below for you to share with your networks.

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What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?

Tuesday, August 8, 4:00 p.m.

Join National PTA and Learning Heroes for a webinar to learn how school, district and state report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act equip parents to make better decisions concerning their children’s educational opportunities and become more effective advocates. Register now!

Thank you!

Jacki

 

Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs

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1250 N. Pitt Street
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jball@pta.org | www.pta.org | @balljacki

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National PTA and AT&T Team Up to Help Close the “Homework Gap”

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (July 20, 2017)—National PTA and AT&T have teamed up to highlight the importance of connectivity to student achievement and family engagement in education, as well as increase digital access for families. The goal of the collaboration is to help close the “homework gap” and ensure all children have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

“Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “However, among schools, across districts and in homes many students and families lack sufficient connectivity. Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success.”

Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will educate families on how students are using digital technology in the classroom and arm them with tips to use technology and the internet to support their child’s education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You®  portal includes English and Spanish-language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, utilizing online learning sites, job searching and more.

“Technology has made it more convenient for families to be involved in their child’s education and to engage in regular communication with teachers and school staff,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “We are pleased to team up with AT&T to empower families with the tools they need to connect to the internet and support their child’s education at home.”

National PTA and AT&T will also help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program provides an affordable way for qualifying customers to take advantage of the opportunities internet access can bring—including the ability to conduct research for school projects, complete homework assignments, access virtual library shelves, apply for jobs and complete an education online. It is available to households located in the 21 states where AT&T offers wireline service with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In California only, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients also may qualify. Visit ATT.com/Access for full details.

“An affordable home internet connection is vital to promote digital inclusion—making it possible for students to complete homework and families to apply for jobs, keep in touch with family and friends and so much more,” said Judson Flynn, assistant vice president, product marketing, AT&T. “That’s why we’re excited to team up with National PTA to help raise awareness of the Access program from AT&T and the tools available to help students and families succeed.”

For more information about National PTA and AT&T’s collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.

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.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network* and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

Media Contacts

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@PTA.org, (703) 518-1242

Brett LeVecchio

AT&T Corporate Communications

Brett.LeVecchio@att.com, 214-782-6051


Apply for a National PTA STEM + Families Math Grant!

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Apply for a National PTA STEM + Families Math Grant!

Do you want $1000 to host a STEM + Families Math Event at your elementary school?

National PTA and Mathnasium are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in STEM education. The 2017 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants, sponsored by Mathnasium, will award local PTAs $1,000 to host a STEM + Families Math Event at their elementary school this fall.

No prior math experience? No worries! National PTA and Mathnasium will provide awardees with all of the materials, training and support necessary for a successful STEM + Families Math event.

To be considered, submit your completed application online (en Español) by Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Questions about the process, the application or what a Math Event looks like? Join us for a webinar on July 18, 3 p.m. EST. Register now, visit PTA.org/STEM or email Programs@PTA.org.

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Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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PTA Takes Action 7.6.17

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July 6, 2017
6keysdoc.JPGIs Your State Engaging Families in ESSA?

Parents and their children are the consumers of our nation’s public education system, and parents have always been essential partners in education. However, they haven’t always been included at the decision-making table. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a unique opportunity for parents and families to give their input and to hold states and districts accountable for their children’s educational experience.

In this new resource, National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA, and all new education initiatives. Use the rubric on the back to evaluate how your state, school district and school are doing!

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National PTA Endorses 5 Bills in Congress Aimed at Helping Students and Schools

CapitolBuilding(1).jpgLast month, National PTA endorsed five pieces of legislation intended to improve the education experience of students in the United States. The bills range from improving the infrastructure of school buildings, kitchens and busses to providing necessary funding to serve students with disabilities. Click on the links below to see the text of each bill.

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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PTA Delegates Pass, Update Resolutions at Annual Convention

2017ConventionLogo.pngAt Win with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, PTA members adopted one resolution and one amendment to an existing resolution. The adopted resolution is about Healthy Sleep for Adolescents. This resolution urges PTA members to educate the community about the positive impact that sufficient, quality sleep has for teens’ health, safety and academic success, and to urge policymakers to develop solutions and policies to encourage quality sleep for teens.

PTA members also amended the Sale, Resale and Destruction of Firearms resolution to include a provision about the importance of having research on the causes and effects of gun violence.

The National PTA board of directors also passed a Rights and Services for Undocumented Children position statement stating all students, regardless of immigration status, have a right to quality, free public education, students’ immigration status must be kept private and that schools should be “sensitive locations” where immigration authorities cannot enforce laws.

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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


Join PTA In Our Commitment To #StopCutsToClassrooms

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Did you know that Federal funding for public education programs has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services.

This disparity between funding levels and actual costs means that the federal government has essentially enacted cuts to classrooms. National PTA is running a nationwide campaign—from July 7 to September 29—to raise public awareness that current levels of federal education funding are an inadequate investment in our children.

We need YOU to help to make this initiative a success—Every state PTA, local unit and PTA member is critical to stopping cuts to classrooms!

Here’s how to participate in the STOP Cuts to Classrooms campaign:

  • Sign the petition to #STOPCutsToClassrooms to make your voice heard and receive regular updates on the campaign.
  • Visit National PTA’s #STOPCutsToClassrooms webpage to learn more about federal funding for public education and view the campaign toolkit for more info.
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


Register NOW for the 2017 Back-To-School Kit From National PTA

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Your 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit is Here!

The 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit is up and ready! As a hardworking volunteer for your PTA, we know this year’s kit will help make your upcoming school year a complete success.

To register, visit PTA.org/BTSKRegister.

THREE things you should know about the 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit:

  1. PTA-Recruitment-Mockup.jpgWe completely revamped the PTA Leaders (formerly PTA President), Finance and Membership sections to make them even more user-friendly than before.
  2. When you register for this year’s kit, you’ll get a Recruitment Tool and a poster-sized Calendar of PTA events. We will mail them at the end of July.
  3. The website is mobile-friendly so you can use it on your smart phone, tablet or laptop from anywhere you have an internet connection.

If you have any questions, feel free to email BackToSchool@PTA.org.

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
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Connecticut Father Takes Helm of Nation’s Preeminent Child Advocacy Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (June 30, 2017)—James L. Accomando of Fairfield, Conn. has been installed as the 55th president of National PTA, the oldest and largest all volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Accomando’s installation took place during a ceremony at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

A father of two children, the husband of a public school teacher and with a K-12 teaching credential of his own, Accomando has been engaged in education and active in PTA for nearly 20 years. Accomando firmly believes in the mission of PTA and that everyone can make a difference in the lives and futures of all children.

“Jim is a passionate and dedicated advocate for children and education, and we welcome him as president,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “His steadfast commitment to our mission, his leadership experience at all levels of PTA and his extensive professional career will build on the association’s rich 120-year legacy and make a positive impact on the lives of our nation’s children.”

As president, Accomando is committed to ensuring that all children have equity and quality in learning and access to a first-class public education. He will also focus on making sure PTA is relevant to today’s families.

“This is an extraordinary time in our history, where the issues affecting our children can greatly shift the progress we made in the past and the progress we are going to make in the future,” said Accomando. “These issues, however, provide us with great hope, promise and tremendous opportunities to make an impact. I look forward to working with the Board of the Directors, members, partners and staff to meet generational and demographic needs and challenges of today’s families, support and enhance our nation’s school system and make sure every child’s potential becomes a reality. I am honored to lead the association.”

Accomando has served in a variety of leadership positions in PTA. For the past two years, he served as president-elect of National PTA. Prior to his election, he served a two-year term on the National PTA Board of Directors and was also a member of the National PTA Standards of Affiliation Committee. Additionally, Accomando served as president of the Connecticut PTSA, president of Fairfield Ludlowe High School PTA, and was a board member and executive at Holland Hill Elementary School and Fairfield Woods and Tomlinson Middle Schools. While president of Connecticut PTSA, he was instrumental in the Snow Flakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School Healing Initiative.

Accomando will serve as president of National PTA until June 2019.

 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

hmay@pta.org(703) 518-1242