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!
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


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Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Live! Events
Webinars-StorytellingSeries(1).jpgJoin National PTA for two webinars that will help you identify and highlight the important stories that are taking place in your PTA.
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

shutterstock_544847110.jpgPTA members nationwide asked their members of Congress to fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) at $10 million through letters, emails, phone calls and in-person meetings during National PTA’s 2017 Legislative Conference.

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.

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


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.

National PTA Headquarters
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.


National PTA Statement on FY2017 Appropriations Bill

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 9, 2017)—President Trump signed a spending bill that funds federal programs and services through September 2017. The bill cuts overall funding for education by $1 billion and does not include funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.

“National PTA is extremely disappointed that funding for education is reduced by an astounding $1 billion and that the SFECs program is not funded in the bill,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Opportunity starts and ends with access to a great education. Federal investment in education and family engagement are critical to children and the nation’s long-term success.”

National PTA is disappointed that the bill cuts vital funding for public education by $1 billion, including a $200 million cut to teacher and principal professional development grants among many other education programs. However, the association is encouraged to see that an additional $100 million is designated for Title I—which aids schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—as well as an additional $90 million for special education grants through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The association is also pleased that $400 million has been designated for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants to 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 family engagement programs like SFECs is a top priority for National PTA, particularly as the Every Student Succeeds Act is being implemented. The SFECs program would provide states and districts with the capacity to support implementation and enhancement of meaningful family engagement policies and initiatives.It would also empower parents and families with the resources they need to ensure their children are provided the best opportunities to thrive and learn. Family engagement in education has demonstrated direct benefits to student achievement and school improvement.

“National PTA is encouraged by the increases for Title I and special education,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “However, we are deeply concerned about the decrease in overall funding for education and the lack of funding for the SFECs program. National PTA remains committed to advocating to ensure Congress and the Administration adequately invest in public education and family engagement programs in fiscal year 2018. We must make every child’s potential a reality in order to improve our nation’s economic competitiveness.”

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.


National PTA Disappointed with Relaxation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 4, 2017)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is relaxing nutrition standards for foods served to students, including requirements for whole grains, milk and sodium levels.

“Schools meals are an important source of the nutrients students need to grow properly and perform well in school. Schools are also where children learn and reinforce health behaviors that they will carry into adulthood,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “National PTA is disappointed that the Administration has relaxed nutrition standards for school meals. Ensuring children have access to nutritious foods in schools is critical to their health and success.”

In 2010. Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the nation’s child nutrition programs. Since implementation of the law in 2012, more than 52 million children who attend schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program have benefited from healthier school environments. Research shows that since the passage of the law, nearly 80% of schools offer two or more vegetables at lunch, and students are eating 16% more vegetables with their meals.

“Currently, one in six adolescents is obese, while one in five faces hunger on a daily basis,” added Bay. “Critical progress has been made to provide children with healthier foods in schools. It is important that we build on this progress and do not go backward.”

National PTA and its constituent associations have been working at the federal, state and local levels to strengthen programs that promote healthy school environments and enhance the nutritional health of the nation’s children. In fall 2016, National PTA awarded over $60,000 in grants to schools and PTAs across the country to help improve the quality of, access to and participation in school meals. The association also released a School Meals Leader’s Guide to help PTAs, school leaders, food service professionals and families partner on school meal improvements efforts. Additionally, National PTA has been advocating for improved school nutrition standards, guidelines and programs as well as for resources to update the equipment needed to serve healthy school meals.

“PTA leaders, members and families play an important role in helping schools implement improved meal and snack offerings,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “At the national, state and local levels, it remains a top priority of PTA to advocate for improved school nutrition standards as well as ensure families and schools collaborate to strengthen programs that make a difference for the health, well-being and long-term success of our nation’s children.”

For more information on National PTA’s efforts to ensure all children have a healthy environment in which to thrive and learn, visit PTA.org/SchoolMeals.

 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