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Start a GoFundMe for Your Classroom
shutterstock_309326726.jpgHappy Back-to-School season! This past Teacher Appreciation Week, GoFundMe partnered with National PTA on a #thankateacher campaign that raised over $1 million for teachers and classrooms!
We’re doing the same thing for Back-to-School, giving communities across the country the chance to rally around their children and make every classroom a great place to learn and grow.
Start an education campaign by Sept. 16 and GoFundMe will chip in $50 and put you in the running for a $10,000 classroom prize.
It takes a village, so we encourage you to start campaigns for teachers and classrooms that you love—and ask friends, neighbors and other parents to do the same.
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Thanks for all you do, this school year and every year!
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org
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PTA Parent–August 18, 2016‏

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Your Super 5 Power Moves for Back-to-School
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When it comes to your child’s education, you are a Learning Hero. Your superpowers include expertise about your child’s interests, habits and personality. Combine this knowledge with a clear understanding of how to support your child’s learning and the sky’s the limit.
Use the Super 5 to get started and find the answers to important questions with easy to use resources and videos from Learning Heroes, National PTA, Scholastic and others.
To learn more, visit bealearninghero.org/super5.
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Career and Technical Education Improves Student Achievement in High School, College and Career
Did you know that students enrolled in career and technical eduation (CTE) courses are more likely to develop problem-solving, time-management and communication skills than other students?
Here’s an infographic—from National PTA and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)—that demonstrates how CTE can help every child develop the 21st century skills they need to reach their full potential in college and career. View a larger version of the infographic.
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The Olympic Games can be such an inspiring and exciting time to watch TV as a family. But beyond the fantastic feats and colorful outfits, there are plenty of opportunities to engage kids in deeper conversations about everything from character strengths like empathy and perseverance to politics.

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Even though the pace picks up as our children head back to school, does that neccessarily mean that life has to get more stressful? One parent shares his thoughts about the myths parents buy into each school year, and how we can create a new viewpoint.

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Creating daily family reading experiences helps your children to develop their vocabulary exponentially over time and boosts their academic performance overall. Use our 10 helpful tips and tricks to get your child to take a look in a book.

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Looking to Volunteer With Your PTA, But Have Questions?
shutterstock_209660803.jpgNational PTA E-Learning offers interactive and engaging online courses to help youbecome a better leader! Learn the steps for taking a program from concept to reality with our Running a Successful Program e-learning course. This course will guide you in the creation and delivery of innovative PTA programs in your local school community.
If you are having difficulty keeping volunteers motivated, learn how to put an achievable plan together with Planning Your PTA Year. This course will set you up for a successful PTA year by assisting you in planning and goal setting.
Visit PTA.org/Elearning today to start reaching your full potential!
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Add Lysol Disinfecting Wipes to Your Back-to-School List
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By adding them to your back-to-school supply list, you’re encouraging healthy habits for your child and helping prevent the spread of germs in the classroom.
Learn more at lysol.com.
Protect Kids With the Pause Button by TeenSafe
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With the Pause button, you can reclaim family time by halting activity on your child’s device—anywhere, at any time. Block social media, texts and internet browsing, so teens can’t get distracted.
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Delicious Food and School Funds, Delivered
SchwansLogo.jpgWith the Schwan’s Cares™ fundraising program, your supporters can order and enjoy our wide assortment of delicious foods from Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., while you earn funds for your PTA.
We make it simple for you:
  • Fundraising made easy: No order forms, we collect the payments and pay your organization
  • Keep on earning: Earn 20-40% during the first 45 days, then 5% for the next 90 days
  • Delivery to the door: Schwan’s Home Service will deliver family-pleasing food to your supporters
Learn More! Visit schwans-cares.com.
Students Design Their Own Greeting Cards—You Fundraise!
IQCardsFundraisingImage.jpgDoes your school need a fundraising idea? Try IQ Greeting Cards, a fun activity with no upfront costs.  Using each student’s own design, we print personalized greeting cards.
Students love sending their personalized cards to friends and family—they can be kept as a memory forever. Plus, EVERY pack of 12 greeting cards purchased results in funds raised for your PTA.
  • If 300 students order 1 pack each, your PTA will raise $1,200
  • If 300 students order 2 packs each, your PTA will raise $2,100
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Save All Back-to-School Season At Staples
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Plus, you can find the best deals for school supplies on our Less List, and each week we offer even more savings with our Weekly School Steals. And don’t miss out on your chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and meet Katy Perry!
Sending your kids back to school starts at Staples. Visit staples.com/backtoschool for more information.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org
Disclosure: This e-newsletter contains sponsored content from third parties. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product or service.

National PTA Adopts Bylaws Revision at 2016 Convention

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National PTA Adopts Bylaws Revision at 2016 Convention
In March 2014, the National PTA Board of Directors authorized a revision of the National PTA Bylaws. The purpose of the bylaws revision was to update and bring into alignment the governing documents of the association to reflect current practices and better serve the association in the future. At the 2016 National PTA Convention & Expo,  the voting delegation adopted the National PTA Revised Bylaws.
View the National PTA Bylaws adopted June 30, 2016.
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Major Changes in the Revised Bylaws
  • Clarification of the membership structure of PTA in terms of local, state and national levels
  • Update the committee structure and composition to streamline the work of committees and remove any overlapping responsibilities of various committees, some committee names were changed as well
  • Modification of the eligibility requirements to serve in National PTA governance positions
  • Clarification of the process for election as it relates to nominations from the floor, referred to as “self-nominations”
  • Changed the structure of and renamed the National Council of States to the National Constituent Association Advisory Council (NCAAC)
  • Increase the number of delegates for each state constituent association by five delegates at the annual meeting
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What’s Next?
The National PTA Revised Bylaws took effect at the end of the 2016 National PTA Annual Convention & Expo, with the exception of amendments pertaining to standing committees. The standing committee revisions will take effect at the start of the 2017-2019 term. 
For more information, visit pta.org/bylaws.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org

Do You Want to Be a National PTA Leader?

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Do You Want to Be a National PTA Leader?
National PTA’s Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is seeking candidates to stand for election in June 2017 for the following national leadership positions:

  • President-Elect (2017-2019 term)
  • Vice President for Advocacy (2017-2019 term)
  • Vice President for Membership (2017-2019 term)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2019 term)
  • Eight member representatives for the National PTA Board of Directors (2017-2019 term)
  • Two members for the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee* (2017-2020 term)
National PTA elections are held at our annual convention. The next elections will be in Las Vegas, June 22-25, 2017. NLDC is accepting Letter of Interest Applications Aug. 15 through Oct. 1. You MUST be a PTA member at the time of submission.
PLEASE NOTE: You can also use this application to be considered for appointment to a National PTA committee. 
Completed Letter of Interest Applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m. PDT (3 a.m. EDT), Sat., Oct. 1, 2016. Emailed and faxed documents will not be accepted. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
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Webinar on new online application process
Join the Nominating and Leadership Development  Committee (NLDC) for a webinar on the new online Letters of Interest Application Process, Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT.  Registration will open next week.
Questions?
Contact the NLDC at LeadershipDevelopment@PTA.org or (703) 518-1251.
Need more information?
For a description of leadership responsibilities, visit PTA.org/LeaderRoles. For more info about the National PTA leadership, visit PTA.org/Governance.
Please forward this information to your constituents, local units, councils, PTA friends and other qualified individuals. 
*Per the current National PTA Bylaws adopted June 30, 2016, the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) name will change to the Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC), effective July 1, 2017.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org

Webinar Supporting Hispanic Student’s Success

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Webinar: Supporting Hispanic Students’ Success
When: Sept. 15, 2016
Time for webinar in Spanish: 1 p.m. EST—Register Now
Time for webinar in English: 7 p.m. EST— Register Now
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Twenty-five percent of students today are Hispanic, and Hispanic children and youth are the fastest-growing population in America. We know that Hispanic and Latino parents want the best for their children and want to be engaged, but there are cultural and language barriers that make it challenging.
As Hispanic families head back to school, it is important they are equipped with tools and resources to help their children start strong and stay on track to success.
In this webinar, you will: 
  • Gain knowledge of the impact of family engagement on student success and ways to support Hispanic and Latino children’s learning and development in school, at home and in the community.
  • Learn how to advocate for a quality and equitable education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Moderator:  
  • Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr., 2015-2017 National PTA board member
Speakers:
  • Margaret R. (Peggy) McLeod, Ed.D, deputy vice president, education and workforce development, National Council of La Raza and White House appointee as a member on the board of directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
  • Jo-Ann Rullan, director, community empowerment initiatives, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Adriana Flores-Ragade, partnership director, social impact, Univision Communications Inc.
Questions?
Contact Armen Alvarez, National PTA multicultural membership development manager, for more info.
It is a top priority of National PTA to ensure all families in all communities are welcomed, supported and engaged in their children’s education, which is proven to make a difference for student success. Univision Communications and Common Sense Media are key allies in our efforts to better serve and reach Hispanic families.
Download the Spanish version of this invitation and share with your Spanish-speaking audiences.
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National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@pta.org
Disclosure: This e-newsletter contains sponsored content from third parties. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product or service.