National PTA Statement on State of the Union Address

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Jan. 31, 2018)—Last evening, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, outlining his priority areas for 2018, including immigration and national security, infrastructure, jobs and the economy and trade. President Trump also called for bipartisan unity to move the country forward in the areas of importance to all Americans.

“National PTA agrees with the administration in the significance of Congress coming together to address the issues important to our country, and particularly, to our association,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA looks forward to continued dialogue with the administration and Congress to advance policies that make a difference for the education, health, safety, well-being and long-term success of all of our nation’s children.”

National PTA also echoes President Trump’s call for funding to improve the country’s infrastructure and advocates that the administration and Congress include school facilities in this.

“National PTA believes investments must be made in public school facilities for the benefit of all students and the future of our nation,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “Schools are a critical part of our nation’s infrastructure and it is essential that investments are made to repair, renovate and modernize school facilities to ensure they are safe, healthy and well-equipped to advance student achievement, grow our economy and improve our competitiveness.”

Additionally, like the administration, National PTA urges Congress to pass legislation that provides the young immigrants who have received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the ability to reach their fullest potential.

“Policymakers have a momentous opportunity to work together to address immigration in a fair, appropriate and equitable way and provide real solutions that benefit our nation’s diverse and talented youth and their families,” added President Accomando. “Ensuring that all children have the opportunity to succeed and become productive members of society is essential and in the best interest of our nation.”

As throughout the association’s history, National PTA remains committed to working closely with the administration and Congress to promote educational equity and opportunity for all children so that every child’s potential becomes a reality and for the future of the country.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@PTA.org, (703) 518-1242

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. For more information, visit PTA.org.


National PTA Statement on Shooting at Marshall County High School

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Jan. 23, 2017)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

“National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, families, educators and administrators impacted.

“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 no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home. Sadly, the threat of gun violence for children has increased and our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. This is the fourth shooting at or near a school this school year.

“It is urgent that families, educators, school administrators, community leaders and elected officials work together to prevent gun violence in schools and ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.

“It remains a top priority of National PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention, juvenile justice, mental health and students’ overall well-being.

“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 at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

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. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org(703) 518-1242


Jan Harp Domene (JHD) Award – Application Process Opens Monday, January 22

As of Monday January 22, PTAs will have the opportunity to showcase their dedicated efforts and commitment to diversity and inclusion by applying for the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award.

National PTA was founded in the spirit of diversity and inclusion. Our association’s cofounder Alice McLellan Birney expressed that our mission was to make every child’s potential a reality, “irrespective of creed, color or condition.”

Jan Harp Domene served as National PTA President from 2007-2009 and was a true 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.

The Jan Harp Domene Award will be presented to a PTA at each level: local, district/council/region and state. The application process will go live in English and Spanish on Monday, January 22 onwww.pta.org/DiversityAward and close on March 31, 2018 at 8PM EST/5PM PST.

PTAs who have made progress and plan to continue their exemplary efforts in the area diversity and inclusion are highly encouraged to apply. Attached is a social media toolkit to help you promote this award within your state.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and will be recognized at the National PTA Convention and Expo on June 21 – 24, 2018 in New Orleans. Winning PTAs will receive $1,000 to support their ongoing efforts, as well as a plaque to memorialize the achievement.

Please visit www.pta.org/DiversityAward to review the application and the full list of items winners will receive. We look forward to receiving your application and applications from your state.

 

Jim Accomando                                                                                Frank Kwan

National PTA President                                                                  National PTA Diversity Committee Chair

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STEM+ Families Microsoft Grant 2018

 

There is an opportunity for 35 more units to receive a STEM Grant!!  Details on applying are below.

 

Please be sure to complete this application in one session as the form will timeout from inactivity.

National PTA and Microsoft are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in STEM education. The 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Grants sponsored by Microsoft, will award $1,000 to 35 local middle school PTAs to host a STEM + Families Tech Night in the spring of 2018. This Tech Night event will bring students and families together to either learn exciting new Minecraft coding skills or to build a robotic finger (two different program models).

National PTA will provide you with all the support and training necessary to host a successful STEM + Families Tech Night. No prior computer or technology experience needed! Your PTA makes sure all families and students are welcomed to the event, coordinates the student and family technology experience, and arranges for food and prizes.

NOTE: Your PTA must be able to host an event at your school in March, April, May, or June 2018 in order to receive this grant.

 

  • Submit a completed application
  • Host one event during the spring of the 2017-2018 school year (note: this is a required timeline, unfortunately, so please make sure your school has facility availability and your PTA can help support an event this spring!)
  • Submit evaluation results to National PTA within 2 weeks of the event.

 

ELIGIBILITY, applicants must:

  1. Be a middle school PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA
  2. Commit to engaging parents and adults with student learning activities
  3. Have at least 10 volunteers to assist with event

Completed applications must be submitted online by February 9, 2018 (midnight PDT). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Awardees will be notified via email on February 27, 2018.

 

Below are the questions that must be answered in the online STEM Microsoft Grant application.

PTA Unit 8-digit ID Number *

[If your ID number is not 8-digits, please enter “0s” for empty spaces in front of your ID number (ex.45897 would be entered at 00045897. To find your PTA’s ID number, use our PTA Local Unit Lookup tool found at PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782.]

Role (PTA president, teacher, principal, etc.) *

Does your PTA serve a Title I School? *

How did you hear about this application? *

Briefly describe why this STEM event would be valuable to the families and students you serve. (100 words or less) *

At the STEM + Families event, how would you make sure both families and children learn together? (250 words or less) *

Describe how you will promote the event so that all families feel welcome. (250 words or less) *

How many functioning computers with screens (laptops or desktops ONLY) does your school have on site? *

By typing your name below, you commit to the eligibility requirements above: *

If not awarded a grant, we would still like to host a STEM+ Families Tech Night at our school. *

 

Application deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018 at midnight PDT.

If you have any questions or concerns, email programs@pta.org or call (800) 307-4782.