PTA Parent 8.16.17

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August 16, 2017
Take the #STOPCutsToClassrooms Social Media Challenge

StopCutsSocialChallengePic.jpg62% of voters believe the federal government spends too little on public education (it accounts for just 2% of the budget).

Do you agree? Join National PTA in telling Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms.

Sign our petition, print out our official sign and challenge your friends to do the same!

To get the full instructions, visit PTA.org/StopCuts.
PTA Our Children Magazine
shutterstock_388630444.jpgDespite the best of intentions, reading and writing often take a back seat to other activities over the summer—speech-language pathologists working in schools often see a literacy lag as students return to the classroom. Don’t panic! Instead, plan to use the 10 days before school starts to get your child up to speed. Read more.
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Dad-cooking-while-mom-helps-son-with-homework.jpgWhether they are just starting elementary school or are getting ready to graduate high school, every parent wants their child to have the knowledge they need to be successful in the future. However, sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of everything your child needs to know. That’s why National PTA created the Parents’ Guides to Student Success. Read more.
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Doctor-Writing-Allergy.jpgAugust is always a stressful time for parents sending their kids back to school, especially for parents of children with severe allergies. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction resulting from exposure to allergens. Whether your child has a severe allergy or not, it is up to all of us to make sure that we keep schools as safe as possible for all children. Read more.
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Go Back-to-School with USA TODAY
USATBTSMAG2017.jpg Get ready for the school year by checking out the USA TODAY Back to School Magazine.
Find everything from school supplies to creative snack ideas by visiting usat.ly/2uQjVco.
What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?
Did you know that there are four different kinds of report cards? It’s true! Student, School, District and State Report Cards are required by ESSA, the new K-12 education law.
Watch this recorded webinar to learn how these report cards equip parents to make better decisions concerning their children’s educational opportunities and become more effective advocates. Watch now!

Become a Monthly Donor to National PTA!

PTAMonthlyDonor.jpgFor 120 years, National PTA has been a powerful voice and advocate for all children. Become a monthly donor and you can make a difference in the education, health and welfare of children across the country. For more info, visit PTA.org/MonthlyGift.

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National PTA Leadership Briefing 8.10.17

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August 10, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
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Resource: Go Back-to-School With the PTA-NEA Family Guides
NEA_PTA_Preparing_06JUL17-1.jpgNational 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!
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3 Things To Know About This Year’s Back-to-School Kit
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  1. Registration is open! Visit PTA.org/BTSKRegister
  2. Give the PTA Leaders, Finance and Membership sections extra attention. We’ve revamped them to make these sections even more user-friendly.
  3. We will be hosting a PTA Live! series on Facebook about the Back-to-School Kit. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. EDT and Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Take the #STOPCutsToClassrooms Social Media Challenge

StopCutsSocialChallengePic.jpg62% of voters believe the federal government spends too little on public education (it accounts for just 2% of the budget).

Do you agree? Join National PTA in telling Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms.

Sign our petition, print out our official sign and challenge your friends to do the same!

To get the full instructions, visit PTA.org/StopCuts.
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Join Us To Celebrate Our 2017 Hearst Award Winners! 
SOELogoLockup.jpgJoin us on FacebookWednesday, August 23 at 3 p.m. EDT for a PTA Live! where we will announce this year’s Hearst Award Winners, National PTA’s highest honor.

 

The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards are presented to PTAs that have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation and demonstrated outstanding success engaging families.

Time’s Running Out: National PTA STEM + Families Grants Available!
STEMPlusFamiliesLogoSmall.jpgThe 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.

To be considered, have your local PTAs submit a completed application online (We also have the application in Spanish) by Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Visit PTA.org/STEM or email Programs@PTA.org.

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Save the Date! Join Us on Facebook for …
PTA Live! Federal Funding for Low-Income Students
Friday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Back-to-School Kit Overview
Wednesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Federal Funding for Students with Disabilities
Friday, August 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Hearst Award Winner Announcement
Wednesday, August 23 at 3 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Back-to-School Kit Deep Dive
Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m. EDT
Catch up with Us! Did You Miss …

What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?

3 Ways to Engage in New ESSA Report Cards
Find it on PTA.org/ESSA.
National PTA STEM+Families Math Grants Training
Digital Safety Survey
What does it take to be a National PTA School of Excellence?
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Encourage Your PTAs 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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2017ConventionLogo.pngPTA Delegates Update National Bylaws at Annual Convention
At the 2017 National PTA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, PTA members voted to amend certain provisions in Articles IV, V, X and XI of the National PTA Bylaws.

You can view the amended bylaws at PTA.org/Bylaws.

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National PTA Leadership Briefing 7.10.17

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July 10, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA has a new president! Read about Jim Accomando in our press release
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The 2017-2018 PTA Back-to-School Kit is Here!
BTSKpromo.JPGAs a hardworking volunteer for your PTA, we know the 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit will help make your upcoming school year a complete success. 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.

To register, visit PTA.org/BTSKRegister.

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Join National PTA to #STOPCutsToClassrooms

StopCutstoClassroomsImage.jpgDid 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.

To learn more about the nationwide campaign and get involved in PTA’s advocacy efforts visit PTA.org/STOPCuts.

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Shape Family Engagement at PTA Through This Poll

National PTA’s 2020 Strategic Vision includes a goal to advance family engagement across the nation by establishing a Center for Family Engagement. To do so, we will be spending the next few months gathering input from members about our vision, definition and strategy for supporting family engagement at PTA.

We would like to hear from you! Please share your perspective by taking three minutes to complete this brief poll.

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Spread the Word: National PTA STEM + Families Grants Available!
STEMPlusFamiliesLogoSmall.jpgThe 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.

To be considered, have your local PTAs submit a completed application online (We also have the application in Spanish) by Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Do you have questions about the process, the application or what a Math Event looks like?

Join us for a webinar July 18, 3 p.m. EDT.
Register now, visit PTA.org/STEM or emailPrograms@PTA.org.

Support Your Local PTAs in Becoming Nationally Recognized Schools of Excellence!
SOELogoLockup.jpgNational PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to improve the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
By enrolling in this program, PTAs and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
ENROLL NOW at PTA.org/Excellence and learn more by watching our PTA Live! about the program on Facebook.
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New Resource: 6 Keys to 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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Catch Up with PTA! Did You Miss…
Webinar: Storytelling Through Social Media
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. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: How to Tell a Story Through Video
Join Scott Meeks, National PTA’s Communications Manager, for a look at how you can tell better stories through video. He’ll share tips and guidelines that will help you visually showcase the amazing work being done within your PTA. Watch on YouTube now.
PTA Live! School of Excellence 101
Join National PTA’s Associate Manager of Programs & Partnerships, Amy Weinberg, to find out the answers to our three most commonly-asked questions about the School of Excellence program. Watch on Facebook now.
Webinar: How to Make a Public Comment on ESSA
State education agencies will soon be releasing draft state plans on ESSA, laying out how they plan to implement the law and what impact it will have on public education. When these drafts are released you’ll have the opportunity to make your voice heard by making a public comment on the plan. Join this webinar to learn how and to get some tips. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: The Role of PTA in Supporting Immigrant Families
PTA leaders have an important role in connecting immigrant families to community and school resources to help these families feel more engaged and welcomed in their schools. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: Kids, Stress & Technology
Renowned psychologist Dr. Mary Alvord delivers information from the latest Stress in America report and offers suggestions for families on managing their children’s technology use. Watch on YouTube now.
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We Had a WINNING Time #PTACon17
PTACon2017GM1.jpgWin with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo was a great success! Thank you to those who attended.
If you couldn’t make it, or you’d just like to relive some highlights, we have two recordings available now:
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PTA Delegates Pass, Update Resolutions at Annual Convention

2017ConventionLogo.pngPTA members adopted one resolution and one amendment to an existing resolution at this year’s Convention and Expo. 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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Local Leader News 6.29.17

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June 29, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Is your state doing what it should to get families involved in ESSA? Use our new resource to find out!
  • Catch up with PTA! We’ve had a lot of great webinars recently. More details on how to watch them below.
  • What makes the “PTA Difference” so much better for schools? Find out below.
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New Resource: 6 Keys to Engaging Families in ESSA
PTATakesActionLogo.JPGParents 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 our new resource, National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA or any new education initiative. Use the rubric on the back to evaluate how your state, school district and school are doing!
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Enroll Now to Become a School of Excellence!
SOELogoLockup.jpgMaybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that recognized.

In either case, the National PTA School of Excellenceprogram offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and to earn acknowledgement for your PTA and school.

ENROLL NOW at PTA.org/Excellence and learn more by watching our PTA Live! about the program on Facebook.

What Makes the “PTA Difference” So Much Better for Schools?

PTAvUPG.JPGYour event is in full swing—the room is decorated, there’s a great turnout, the fundraiser is making money and everyone is happy … But then someone gets hurt and you realize that you forgot to purchase insurance. Now what? If you’re an unaffliliated parent group, you’re on your own.

But, if you’re a PTA, you know that the path to fixing these issues is as simple as making a phone call or sending an email. You’re covered! See more benefitsto being part of the PTA community at PTA.org.

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Catch Up With PTA! Did You Miss …
Webinar: Storytelling Through Social Media
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. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: How to Tell a Story Through Video
Join Scott Meeks, National PTA’s Communications Manager, for a look at how you can tell better stories through video. He’ll share tips and guidelines that will help you visually showcase the amazing work being done within your PTA. Watch on YouTube now.
PTA Live! School of Excellence 101
Join National PTA’s Associate Manager of Programs & Partnerships, Amy Weinberg, to find out the answers to our three most commonly-asked questions about the School of Excellence program. Watch on Facebook now.
Webinar: How to Make a Public Comment on ESSA
State education agencies will soon be releasing draft state plans on ESSA, laying out how they plan to implement the law and what impact it will have on public education. When these drafts are released you’ll have the opportunity to make your voice heard by making a public comment on the plan. Join this webinar to learn how and to get some tips. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: The Role of PTA in Supporting Immigrant Families
PTA leaders have an important role in connecting immigrant families to community and school resources to help these families feel more engaged and welcomed in their schools. Watch on YouTube now.
Webinar: Kids, Stress & Technology
Renowned psychologist Dr. Mary Alvord delivers information from the latest Stress in America report and offers suggestions for families on managing their children’s technology use. Watch on YouTube now.
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LearningHeroesLogo(1).pngCollege and Career-Readiness Resources

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.

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We Had a WINNING Time #PTACon17
PTACon2017GM1.jpgWin with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo was a great success! Thank you to those who attended.
If you couldn’t make it, or you’d just like to relive some highlights, we have two recordings available now:
National PTA Headquarters
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
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Local Leader News 4.26.17

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April 26, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA is pleased to announce the full list of nominees (slated and self-nominated) for election during the 2017 Convention & Expo. See the full list.
  • Are you ready for Teacher Appreciation Week? We have resources in English and Spanish! Visit PTA.org/ThankATeacher.
  • The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed new position statements. Details below.
  • What makes the “PTA Difference” so much better for schools? See below. 
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2017-TAW-IG.jpgGet Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week!
National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12 and we can’t wait to celebrate the incredible teachers who deliver their best to children every day!
To help you #ThankATeacher, we’ve put together a few fun resources like: Thank-you cards, Posters, Certificates of Appreciation and social media images. They are available in Spanish, too!
Check them out at PTA.org/ThankATeacher.
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What Parents Should Know About School-Based Law Enforcement Officers
Families are often unware of the presence of school-based police officers or School Resource Officers (SROs) and that they are sometimes involved in their child’s education and discipline. They also may not know the scope of officers’ authority.

Strategies for Youth has created this “Parent’s Checklist for SROs in Your Children’s Schools” to provide parents with a set of questions that will help parents understand the scope of authority that law enforcement may have in their child’s school.

Read the full checklist.

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What Makes the “PTA Difference” So Much Better for Schools?

Your event is in full swing—the room is decorated, there’s a great turnout, the fundraiser is making money and everyone is happy … But then someone gets hurt and you realize that you forgot to purchase insurance. Now what? Or, what if you discover some of the fundraising money was stolen? If you’re an unaffliliated parent group, you’re on your own.

But, if you’re a PTA, you know that the path to fixing these issues is as simple as making a phone call or sending an email. You’re covered! See more benefits to being part of the PTA community at PTA.org.

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National PTA Board of Directors Passes New Position Statements
The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed and/or updated four position statements. National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address national problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue.
National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. You can view some of them online.
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Join the Speak Up for Kids Campaign in May

ChildMindInstituteLogo.JPGEvery day in May, the Child Mind Institute is unveiling a video from a celebrity or prominent individual who tells a powerful story of hope to his or her younger self about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder.

Go to SpeakUpForKids.org and watch the #MyYoungerSelf videos, beginning May 1.

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Plan Now for September: Attendance Awareness Month
Does your school want to start an attendance push next year, or improve your current effort?
Working with over 60 national partners, Attendance Works has launched plans for Attendance Awareness Month 2017 with a webinar and the release of the Count Us In! 2017 toolkit, an essential guide to the templates, tools and strategies for making the most of activities this September.

Let’s get all our children ready and set to go to school every day! Learn more at Awareness.AttendanceWorks.org.

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Check Out the Amazing Ticketed Events at #PTACon17
National PTA Endowment Luncheon
Friday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m.
National PTA Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 a.m.
National PTA Reflections and Awards Celebration
Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
Get your tickets for these amazing events today! Log in to your 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo registration and add tickets to the event to your account. Not registered yet? Why wait? Register now and purchase your tickets at the same time!
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PTA Parent 4.19.17

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April 19, 2017
2017-TAW-IG.jpg Get Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week!
National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12 and we can’t wait to celebrate the incredible teachers who deliver their best to children every day!
To help you #ThankATeacher, we’ve put together a few fun resources like: Thank-you cards, Posters, Certificates of Appreciation and social media images. They are available in Spanish, too!
Check them out at PTA.org/ThankATeacher.
PTA Our Children Magazine
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shutterstock_429009256.jpgIt’s no secret that science, technology, engineering and math are the fields of the future. Unfortunately, by 2018, over 2.4 million jobs could remain unfulfilled in the U.S. Women and minority groups are particularly underrepresented in STEM fields. But National PTA has a plan to fix all of that. Read now.
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What You Should Know About School-Based Law Enforcement Officers
Often parents and caretakers are unware that there are school-based police officers or “School Resource Officers (SROs)” among the school staff involved in their children’s education and discipline. Many parents may not know the scope of officers’ authority, and officers are not aware of what parents have been told about law enforcement’s role in the school. This causes anxiety, confusion, and at times produces significant problems that are hard to resolve and cast a shadow over school climate.

In an effort to support parents’ understanding, Strategies for Youth has created this “Parent’s Checklist for SROs in Your Children’s Schools” to provide parents with a set of questions that will help parents understand the scope of authority that law enforcement may have in their child’s school.

Read the full checklist.

Plan Now for September: Attendance Awareness Month
Does your school want to start an attendance push next year, or improve your current effort?
Working with over 60 national partners, Attendance Works has launched plans for Attendance Awareness Month 2017 with a webinar and the release of the Count Us In!2017 toolkit,  an essential guide to the templates, tools and strategies for making the most of activities this September.

Let’s get all our children ready and set to go to school every day! Learn more at Awareness.AttendanceWorks.org.

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Do you have a great recipe, fun family craft, tip or “life-hack” you want share with other parents? We’d love to hear from you! Share your story with us by emailing OurChildrenMagazine@PTA.org or by using #PTAOurChildren on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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National PTA Leadership Briefing 4.11.17

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April 11, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA is pleased to announce the full list of nominees (slated and self-nominated) for election during the 2017 Convention & Expo. See the full list
  • The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed new position statements. Details below.
  • National PTA has issued a statement on President Trump’s budget priorities. Details below.
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Spread the Word: National PTA’s #ThankATeacher Contest 
2017-TAW-CONTEST-IG.jpgHas a teacher in your life gone above and beyond to deliver a brighter future? Take your gratitude to the next level by entering the National PTA #ThankATeacher Contest. From now until April 17, you can enter the contest to win up to $4,500 in products for your teachers! Here’s how to enter:
  1. Share a photo or video with a caption and the hashtag #ThankATeacher on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—be creative and have fun with it!
  2. Complete the #ThankATeacher form on PTA.org/ThankATeacher.
Visit PTA.org/ThankATeacher to see the full list of contest prizes, contest rules and answers to frequently asked questions.
Want to promote the contest to your local PTA units? We’ve created a contest toolkit with flyers, social media graphics and sample tweets!
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Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Live! Events
#ThankATeacher Contest PTA Live!
Wednesday evening, April 11
Do you have questions about the #ThankATeacher Contest, or just want to learn more about the amazing prizes you might win? Join us on ourFacebook page for a special PTA Live!
Resolutions Committee Webinar
Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Mark your calendar for this National PTA Resolutions Committee webinar to review the resolutions that delegates will be voting on at the 2017 Convention & Expo.
2017 National PTA Convention & Expo
June 22-25, 2017
We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas at  Win with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Join thousands of PTA leaders, advocates, educators and other experts for learning, professional development and fun. Register now.
National PTA Board of Directors Passes New Position Statements
The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed and/or updated four position statements. National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address national problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue.
National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. You can view some of them  online.
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Trump Administration Releases Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018

2018BudgetGraph.jpgPresident Trump’s “skinny budget” or “blueprint” for funding priorities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was released in March. President Trump’s proposal would cut funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.

National PTA hopes President Trump’s full budget request (to be released in May) will propose funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers, and ensure robust investments in Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act state grants, Parent Training and Information Centers and other critical education grant programs. Learn more on the National PTA OneVoice Blog and by checking out the National PTA public policy agenda.

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Take Action! National PTA Extremely Disappointed with New ESSA Guidelines
ESSAKit_Small.jpgSubmit a comment to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) today atPTA.org/TakesAction to tell them stakeholder engagement is critical, not optional! The ED released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA requires meaningful stakeholder engagement, the new guide does not compel states to include a description of how they are engaging and consulting stakeholders—like parents—in developing their plans. National PTA is extremely disappointed that stakeholder engagement is no longer prioritized in the new guide.

National PTA also created a stakeholder media toolkit at PTA.org/ESSA for you to use and share to assist PTA members in demanding state leaders to include a description of how they will meaningfully consult different stakeholders in the implementation of the new state education plans.

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Check Out the Amazing Ticketed Events at #PTACon17
National PTA Endowment Luncheon
Friday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m.
National PTA Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 a.m.
National PTA Reflections and Awards Celebration
Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
We are thrilled to announce that Le PeTiT CiRqUe will be performing at the Celebration. Winner of 16 National Youth Awards, Le PeTiT CiRqUe has entertained audiences across the U.S. and internationally in Dubai and Canada. You’ve seen them all over national television—they appeared on NBC’s “LITTLE BIG SHOTS” as featured guest stars on March 26, 2017.
Get your tickets for these amazing events today! Log in to your 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo registration and add tickets to the event to your account. It’s that simple! Not registered yet? Why wait? Register now and purchase your tickets at the same time!
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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 4.5.17

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April 5, 2017
Take Action! National PTA Extremely Disappointed with New ESSA Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA requires meaningful stakeholder engagement, the new guide does not compel states to include a description of how they are engaging and consulting stakeholders—like parents—in developing their plans. National PTA is extremely disappointed that stakeholder engagement is no longer prioritized in the new guide. Submit a comment to ED today at PTA.org/TakesAction to tell them stakeholder engagement is critical, not optional!

National PTA also created a stakeholder media toolkit at PTA.org/ESSA for you to use and share to assist PTA members in demanding state leaders to include a description of how they will meaningfully consult different stakeholders in the implementation of the new state education plans.

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Trump Administration Releases Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018

2018BudgetGraph.jpgPresident Trump’s “skinny budget” or “blueprint” for funding priorities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was released in March. President Trump’s proposal would cut funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.

National PTA hopes President Trump’s full budget request (to be released in May) will propose funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers, and ensure robust investments in Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act state grants, Parent Training and Information Centers and other critical education grant programs. Learn more on the National PTA OneVoice Blog and by checking out the National PTA public policy agenda.

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National PTA Board of Directors Passes New Position Statements
The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed and/or updated four position statements. National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address national problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue.
National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. You can view some of them  online.
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Hundreds of PTA Leaders Advocate on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Children and Families
IMG-2017-LegCon-FB-TW-IG.jpgPTA leaders and advocates from across the country came together last month in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference, “Celebrating 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives”. During the conference, attendees enjoyed workshops on key education issues facing the new Congress, with discussions and trainings on how PTA advocates can shape public policy at home and on Capitol Hill in 2017 and in the years to come.

Weren’t able to attend LegCon? Don’t worry! All PTA members can view the conference materials and workshop PowerPoints at PTA.org/LegCon.

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Maine PTA president Tracy Walker and president-elect Haley Tripp attended the National PTA Legislative Conference for the first time in March. These two outstanding advocates met with members of Congress in the nation’s capitol to advocate on behalf of Maine families and students.
In addition, Walker and Tripp presented Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) with National PTA’s Congressional Voice for Children Award, in honor of Sen. Collins’ work to improve the lives of students and families across the country.
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What Should Parents Know About School-Based Law Enforcement Officers?
Often parents and caretakers are unware that there are school-based police officers or “School Resource Officers (SROs)” among the school staff involved in their children’s education and discipline. Many parents may not know the scope of officers’ authority, and officers are not aware of what parents have been told about law enforcement’s role in the school. This causes anxiety, confusion, and at times produces significant problems that are hard to resolve and cast a shadow over school climate.

In an effort to support parents’ understanding, Strategies for Youth has created this “Parent’s Checklist for SROs in Your Children’s Schools” to provide parents with a set of questions that will help parents understand the scope of authority that law enforcement may have in their child’s school.

Read the full checklist here.

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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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Local Leader News 3.22.17

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March 22, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA’s 2017 Legislative Conference was a great success! You can enjoy some of our favorite moments by watching the PTA live videos on our Facebook page.
  • ALERT: A political action committee has been calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance” and using the PTA trademark while campaigning for candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board. More details below.
  • March is National Reading Month! Show us how you’re celebrating by using #FamiliesRead on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Events
Special Family Reading Experience PTA Live!
March 27, 7 p.m. EDT
Join us on our Facebook page for a very special PTA Live! We’ll be visiting Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., to celebrate National Reading Month.
Webinar: The Educational Rights of Immigrant Children
March 30, 7 p.m. EDT
Register Now to join us during this webinar on federal protections available for immigrant children, and the actions you can take as an advocate to ensure that schools are safe and welcoming places for all students to learn.
Be a Learning Hero: Get Ready for the Test with Our Family Playbook
BeALearningHeroLogo(1).pngThis spring, your students will take state tests in math and English language arts. These tests serve as one measure of how prepared each student is for the next grade.
Test anxiety is real but there are simple ways we can help children tackle test nerves. Use the free resources from Learning Heroes to help make sure your child feels confident and prepared at BeALearningHero.org.
How do you help your students tackle test nerves? Share your tips using #BeALearningHero on social media.
Parent Teacher Alliance Activities Not Connected to PTA
A political action committee has been calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance” and using the PTA trademark while campaigning for candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board. Please be aware that National PTA, California State PTA and other constituent associations have no affiliation, connection or association with the Parent Teacher Alliance.
The services offered and campaigns made by the Parent Teacher Alliance are not sponsored nor approved by National PTA. As you know, PTA is a nonpartisan association. As such, National PTA and its constituent associations never comment on, endorse nor support candidates for office. Any messages you hear or receive that state otherwise are not ours. National PTA takes this matter very seriously and is committed to ensuring it is resolved.
Call for Self-Nominations for National PTA Offices

New in 2017—Revisions to the National PTA Bylaws and Election Policy require self-nominations (formerly known as Intent to Run from the Floor) to be made electronically. No emails or written notifications will be accepted. Visit PTA.org/Elections to learn more.

PTA members must submit their Self-Nominations using the online self-nominations form by April 1 to be able to run for office at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, June 22 -25, in Las Vegas.

Self-nominees must fill out the online form and provide their name, mailing address, email address, phone number and position sought.

To access the form, visit PTA.org/Elections. For more information about elections and campaigning, contact the Convention Elections Committee.

Nominate a Teacher for STEM’s Highest Honor
PAEMST.JPGGreat teachers ought to be recognized. If you know a seventh through 12th-grade educator that deserves the nation’s highest honor in STEM teaching, nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone–parents, students, teachers or friends–can submit a nomination.
Winners receive a signed certificate from the President, a trip to Washington, DC for recognition events and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Nominations close April 1, so nominate an exceptional teacher today.
College Board Scholarship Opportunity
The College Board is hosting a social media contest for students called #Collegiance. Current high school seniors can enter the contest by pledging their #Collegiance to their future college or university with a creative video, Boomerang, or photo on Instagram with the hashtag.
Film and media professors from College Board member institutions will select 10 winners, including a $5,000 grand prize winner.
This is a great opportunity to celebrate students’ hard work, while also giving them a chance to earn additional money for college.

You can learn more about the campaign, including the complete rules and a toolkit for educators, at Collegiance.org.

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