Upcoming Webinars

The Hunt Institute is offering the following upcoming webinars.

GOVERNING PRINCIPALS: Investing in Career & Technical Education
September 29, 2020 at 11:00am ET

With economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that states are thoughtful and deliberate in how they are investing in developing their workforce. In this upcoming edition of Governing Principals, Russlynn Ali will be joined by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox (UT) and Lt. Governor Michael Kehoe (MO) as they delve into the importance of workforce development and career and technical education in the wake of the pandemic.
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HOMEROOM WITH EDUCATION LEADERS: Measuring Student Growth
October 1, 2020 at 7:00pm ET

In the wake of learning disruptions as a result of COVID-19, schools are wondering how to best measure growth. Additionally, how can we put systems into place that ensure we have equitable measurements of student growth moving forward?  The panel will include Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven.
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Nextdoor Launches First-of-its-Kind National Campaign Empowering Neighbors to Raise Funds for Local Schools Who Need it Most

Nextdoor is launching a new national campaign and collaborating with National PTA to tap into neighborhoods to raise funds for schools and families as an unpredictable school year gets underway. From distance learning and food insecurities to technology access, school communities are facing unprecedented challenges. Through this collaboration, PTAs for the first time can instantly reach verified neighbors through Nextdoor to gain support for their mission and raise funds for students and schools in need—something they need now more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Nextdoor’s new Sell For Good feature, neighbors can support their local schools by simply buying and selling household items on Nextdoor’s For Sale & Free and donating the proceeds to their local PTAs.

“COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for so many students, families and schools, and PTAs across the country are working hard to help navigate these,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “We appreciate Nextdoor’s new way of supporting local PTAs and their communities’ challenges.”

Nextdoor and PTA are kicking off the collaboration and first-of-its kind campaign in Austin and Chicago. In Austin, neighbors can clean out their closets in support of the Austin Council of PTAs, and all proceeds donated via Sell For Good will go toward the Austin Fun + Learning project. In Chicago, proceeds will support grants awarded to Title I schools that are most in need.

“If there were ever a moment to connect with our neighborhoods on a deeper level, that time is now,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. “We’re thrilled to team up with National PTA to provide a timely solution as neighbors unite to help provide educational resources for students in need this school year.”

PTAs interested in learning more can visit nextdoor.com/nonprofit. Sell for Good is free to use and available for all Nextdoor members in the United States at nextdoor.com/good or by visiting the For Sale & Free section in your Nextdoor app.

National PTA does not endorse any commercial product, entity or service. No endorsement of Nextdoor is implied. 


Missouri PTA Signs-On to show support of extending key Child Nutrition Waivers through June 30, 2021

While extending the child nutrition waivers through December 31, 2020 is an important first step, it is critical that these waivers are available through June 30, 2021, and that this extension is made quickly.

Schools and community sponsors need consistency and time in order to effectively plan and implement meal service. Requiring school nutrition directors and community sponsors to switch from one program to another on January 1st will only result in confusion for families, as well as disruptions to meal access at a time when child hunger continues to grow.

We ask that USDA acts before September 30th – when the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authority to issue nationwide waivers expires – to extend the following waivers to ensure continued access to meals through the entire school year:

– Allow the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to be used to feed children through the school year;

– Extend all nationwide waivers for SFSP and SSO, including non-congregate feeding, parent/guardian pick-up, meal pattern flexibility, meal service time, and area eligibility waiver through the school year;

– Waive the Afterschool Activity Requirement for the Afterschool Meal Program and the Snack Programs available through CACFP and NSLP; and

– Allow those providing meals through the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option to also utilize Afterschool Meal and Snack Programs.


National PTA Designates Sept. 14-18 ‘Back-to-School Week’

National PTA has designated Sept. 14-18 Back-to-School Week to support families, teachers and PTA leaders as schools reopen across the country. Throughout the week, National PTA will share information and resources on social media using #PTABackToSchool and at PTA.org/BackToSchool to help school communities navigate the new school year and address the challenges that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The association will also launch the third season of its Notes from the Backpack podcast. National PTA’s Back-to-School Week is sponsored by PTA Proud National Sponsor Office Depot.

 

“This is a school year like no other as the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Whether school communities are returning to classrooms in person, virtually or a hybrid of both, we want to make sure everyone gets a great start; support families, teachers and students’ success; and ensure the critical needs of every child are met.” 

 

Each day of Back-to-School Week, National PTA will share resources for:

 

  • PTA Leaders in Action
  • Learning at Home
  • Family-School Partnerships
  • Teacher Support

 

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, National PTA will launch the third season of Notes from the Backpack. The season will feature nationally acclaimed guests and episodes about digital learning, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and the importance of civic engagement. Episodes will be released every week this fall and will be available to stream at PTA.org/BackpackNotes. The first episode will feature the award-winning children’s book author Kwame Alexander.

 

“Since our founding, National PTA has been committed to supporting students, families and teachers; promoting the health, safety and well-being of all children and youth; and making sure every child has the resources they need to learn, grow and thrive,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “We are pleased to launch another season of our podcast and mark our Back-to-School Week to help make this unique school year a success.”

 

National PTA has also compiled resources, tools and information at PTA.org/COVID19 to support families and educators during the pandemic. National PTA has also provided over $1 million in grants to local and district/council/region PTAs to help meet critical needs of students, families and teachers during this challenging time. In addition, the association continues to call on Congress to provide more resources immediately to schools.


Special Missouri PTA Event – Zooming into Membership

Missouri PTA is excited to announce a wonderful partnership with National PTA. We will be holding a series of special events in cooperation with the National PTA called Zooming into Membership (ZIM). These events will focus the spotlight on Local Units across the state to share ideas on retaining and increasing PTA membership. This month we will hear from National PTA and Missouri PTA leaders along with representatives from Larimore Elementary PTA (Hazelwood) and Procter Elementary PTA (Independence). Everyone will have time to share and ask questions.

Instructions for the first event on August 27, 2020:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 27, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://pta.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcumhpjksHtLoJoKNKcOgRRYKhYxoPG45

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Future Zooming into Membership Event Dates:
* November 19, 2020
* February 25, 2021
* April 29, 2021

We are looking for other units to share membership information, ideas, concerns, etc. If you are interested please contact me at stevenc@mopta.org.

We look forward to working with you this school year to help retain and build your PTA membership. Be Involved, Be there, Be the voice!