Webinar: Zika Virus Response Planning: What School Administrators Need to Know Friday, August 19th, 2016, 1:30-2:30 PM EST

Webinar:  Zika Virus Response Planning:  What School Administrators Need to Know

Friday, August 19th, 2016, 1:30-2:30 PM EST

 

Please join us on Friday, August 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to hear a special presentation from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Education titled Zika Virus Response Planning: What School Administrators Need to Know.

 

As the school year begins, many of you may have questions on CDC’s guidance Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii,  and how schools can prepare for potential cases of Zika. We are excited to have Dr. Eric Dziuban, Chief Medical Officer in the Division of Human Development and Disability at CDC and lead for the Children’s Health Team of the CDC Zika Virus Response, provide an overview of the guidance.  In addition to the guidance, Dr. Dziuban will also discuss the following topics:

  • Zika basics
  • Roles and responsibilities of school officials and public health authorities
  • Planning for possible Zika transmission in K-12 schools
  • School preparations for mosquito-borne transmission of Zika in local areas, and
  • Considerations for child care, camp, and higher education settings

 

Instructions to access the Webinar:

To activate and use your device’s digital signals for BOTH Audio, Video and the Presentation – join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device by clicking:

Please click this URL to join. https://cdc.zoom.us/j/494704100

Or join Audio Only by phone (to see the presentation, you will still need to click the link above):

+1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Webinar ID: 494 704 100

International numbers available: https://cdc.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=a7oIUQUEHw6LFGARwHV3rcc1DfDdiahD


National PTA and Mountain America Credit Union Team Up to Help Families Achieve Their Financial Dreams

National PTA and Mountain America Credit Union Team Up to Help Families Achieve Their Financial Dreams

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 8, 2016)—National PTA® is pleased to announce that Mountain America Credit Union has become the association’s newest Member Benefit Provider. Through the alliance, all PTA members can join Mountain America Credit Union. The credit union is also offering PTA members and PTAs a cash incentive when they open an account.

 

Mountain America Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that provides a wide range of products and services, including savings and checking accounts, insurance, consumer financing and retirement planning.

 

“Families need access to tools and information that can help them better understand and take control of their finances,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “We are excited to join forces with Mountain America to help families analyze their finances, save money and plan for retirement and other life events to make their financial dreams a reality.”

 

As a Member Benefit Provider of National PTA, Mountain America is offering local PTAs a $100 bonus when they open a nonprofit checking account. PTA members will also receive a $100 bonus from Mountain America Credit Union when they open a personal MyStyle Checking Account.

 

“For over a century, National PTA has worked to make a difference for the education, health and well-being of every child. This is why we are so enthused to team up with the association. At Mountain America, we are also committed to taking action to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Sterling Nielsen, president/CEO of Mountain America. “Our vision is to help members achieve their financial dreams. Those dreams are as varied as our members, yet they all start with learning how to make the most of your money. We look forward to the opportunity to serve PTA members.”

 

For more information about the benefits available to PTA members through Mountain America Credit Union, visitPTA.org/Benefits.

 

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 Mountain America Credit Union

With roots dating back to the 1930s, Mountain America Credit Union has become one of the foremost financial institutions in the country and the second largest credit union in Utah, with more than $5.6 billion in assets and serving over 600,000 members. The credit union offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including savings accounts, auto loans, checking accounts, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. With a vision to help its members achieve their financial dreams, Mountain America delivers unparalleled service, quality, convenience, and education to its members and the community.

 

Media Contacts:

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

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

 

Bryan Packer, Mountain America Credit Union

(801) 325-6439, bpacker@macu.com


National PTA Applauds Administration’s Commitment to Improving Assessment Systems

National PTA Applauds Administration’s Commitment to Improving Assessment Systems 

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 5, 2016)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:

 

“Today, U.S. Department of Education Secretary John B. King and Deputy Assistant to the President for Education Roberto J. Rodriguez announced that nearly $9 million in grants will be awarded to states to help empower them with the resources they need to innovate and improve the quality of assessments; reduce redundant, unnecessary and ineffective tests; and enhance the reporting of assessment results for parents, educators and other stakeholders.

 

“It is a top priority of National PTA to make certain that assessment systems are improved and assessments are used properly so parents and educators have the best information to support teaching and learning, promote equity for all children and ensure every student graduates prepared for long-term success. National PTA applauds the administration’s commitment to supporting states as they work to better the quality, validity and reliability of assessments.

 

“In too many schools across the country there is an overemphasis on assessments, which has placed a burden on classroom time and denied students a full educational experience. At times, parents also do not receive assessment results in a timely nor actionable way. It is essential that more is done at state and local levels to address over testing, provide greater transparency about the purpose and benefits of each test, and deliver timely information to parents on children’s performance in school.

 

“National PTA advocates for improved assessment systems by recommending that states and districts: (1) ensure appropriate development; (2) guarantee reliability and implementation of high quality assessments; (3) clearly articulate to parents the assessment and accountability system in place at their child’s school and (4) bring schools and families together to use the data to support student growth and learning.

 

“National PTA remains committed to working with the administration, states and districts to make assessments better, fairer and fewer, and to ensure they provide valuable information to parents, teachers and school leaders about the achievement of students as they are intended to do.”

 

For more information about Enhanced Assessment Grants, visit Grants.gov.

 

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


Join us and be #PTAProud ????

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You’ve probably seen the advertisements on Facebook and TV for the new Bad Moms comedy that references PTA. Released today, it tells the story of an over-worked and over-committed mom who teams up with other stressed-out moms to free themselves from the everyday challenge of balancing kids, home and their careers.
We are proud in what we do and show great pride for it—from the the creation of kindergarten classes, child labor laws to protect children, healthy school lunch programs and juvenile justice reform.
Let’s shine a light on the parents in your community who are making a difference in the children’s lives through their involvement in PTA. Throughout the next couple of weeks, join the conversation and let us know why you got involved in PTA and why you are proud to be a part of the association using the hashtag #PTAProud on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

Here’s how you can show your #PTAProud:
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Change your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with this graphic.

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Download this sign and write why you are #PTAProud. Take a picture with the sign and share it online using the hashtag.

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Share your story with us and tell us why you’re #PTAProud through this form.

Special thanks to California State PTA for inspiration for this campaign!
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PTA ESSA webinar is up on PTA.org!

ESSA implementation is here and it is crucially important that the Parent’s voice be part of the implementation process. National PTA recently held a webinar outlining the Parent’s role in this process.  This webinar and the presentation slides are now able online.

PTA leaders,

 

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend yesterday’s webinar and for sharing the opportunity throughout your networks and on social media!  We had close to 500 participants on the live webinar yesterday!!

 

Below is a link to the recording of the webinar and the power point slides. Please feel free to share and disseminate throughout your networks.  National PTA will be sending the recording to all those who registered (there were almost 1,000 registrants!) this morning with the recording and slides.  We have also posted the webinar and slides on www.PTA.org/ESSA and will be doing some follow-up social media as well today.

 

Webinar: A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation

 

Presentation Slides: A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation

 

Please let me know if you have any questions AND we welcome any suggestions from you on future webinars on ESSA implementation.