Top 5 Things You Need to Know
- National PTA has a new president! Read about Jim Accomando in our press release.
The 2017-2018 PTA Back-to-School Kit is Here!
As 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.
Join National PTA to #STOPCutsToClassrooms
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.
To learn more about the nationwide campaign and get involved in PTA’s advocacy efforts visit PTA.org/STOPCuts.
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.
Spread the Word: National PTA STEM + Families Grants Available!
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.
New Resource: 6 Keys to Engaging Families in ESSA
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
We Had a WINNING Time #PTACon17
Win 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:
PTA Delegates Pass, Update Resolutions at Annual Convention
PTA 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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