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National PTA Disappointed with Senate’s Continued Inaction on Gun Violence Prevention Measures
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (June 20, 2016)—Today, the U.S. Senate considered four amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill aimed at reducing gun violence. All four amendments were defeated.
“National PTA is extremely disappointed with the Senate’s failure to reach bipartisan consensus and act on measures that would actively address gun violence prevention,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “It is critical that members of Congress work together to enact common-sense legislative solutions to help make communities safer nationwide and protect children and families.”
National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for laws and regulations in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention. For decades, the association has called on Congress and other elected officials to work collaboratively and make meaningful changes to prevent and eliminate violence in schools and communities.
National PTA has long believed that we need to:
“Our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. Eliminating gun violence in communities, schools and homes is a critical priority for all parents, families, educators and students,” said Shannon Sevier, vice president of advocacy for National PTA. “Our number one task as a nation should be to protect our children and families. It’s urgent that meaningful changes are made to ensure everyone has a safe environment to live, work, learn and thrive.”
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.
National PTA Expands STEM Initiative with New Collaboration with Mathnasium
With Bayer as the lead corporate supporter for the “S” in STEM,
Mathnasium joins initiative to provide support for the “M”
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (June 16, 2016)—National PTA is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Mathnasium as part of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and family engagement initiative. With more than 650 learning and enrichment centers nationwide, Mathnasium helps make math come alive for students across all ages and ability levels. Through this collaboration, Mathnasium will support National PTA in the development and deployment of resources, activities and events that engage students and families in STEM—particularly math—experiences.
“Through its personalized programs, Mathnasium seeks to make math fun and understandable for every child,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “We are thrilled to have Mathnasium join our STEM initiative and collaborate to engage families and inspire children’s love of math.”
National PTA launched its STEM education and family engagement initiative in fall 2015 with the founding support of Bayer USA Foundation. The goals of the initiative are to fill a critical gap in STEM education, increase access to STEM experiences for all students and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.
“We know—and decades of research proves—that family engagement is essential to children’s achievement. We also know that families play an important role in helping students navigate educational and career decisions and are influencers of students’ perceptions of what’s possible for their futures,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “Family engagement is critical to strengthen STEM education, support student success in STEM and inspire children to pursue STEM careers.”
Through the initiative, 100,000 STEM experiences will be delivered over the next three years that engage entire families in hands-on activities—both in schools and at home. The effort will include a focus on urban areas and among girls and underrepresented youth.
“Mathnasium is proud and honored to forge an alliance with National PTA. As a founding sponsor of National PTA’s STEM initiative, we’re especially excited to help PTA inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and help lay the foundation for the association to deliver 100,000 STEM experiences for families in communities and schools across the country,” said Peter Markovitz, founder and chief executive officer of Mathnasium. “This invaluable opportunity to collaborate with dedicated educators and parent leaders heralds an exciting new chapter for our company as we carry out our mission to help every child understand—and master—math.”
National PTA will continue expanding its initiative through collaborations with other sponsors representing the “T” and “E” in the STEM acronym as well as through existing and new alliances with education and industry leaders working across all STEM disciplines.
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.
Mathnasium, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, specializes in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. The result of 40+ years of instruction and research, the Mathnasium Method has transformed the way children understand and appreciate math—whether they’re ahead of the curve, performing at grade level, or falling behind. Franchising since 2003, Mathnasium has become one of the fastest-growing educational franchises, with a new center opening each week. There are more than 700 Mathnasium franchises in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit http://www.mathnasium.com or call 1-877-601-MATH.
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
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NEW THANK YOU, TEACHERS PROJECT LAUNCHES WAVE OF
GRATITUDE FOR NATION’S TEACHERS
A heart-filled project to lift up teachers, one thank you letter at a time
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2016 — Every day in classrooms across the country, dedicated professionals put in long hours educating students, preparing lessons, grading homework, engaging with families, collaborating with colleagues, and overcoming obstacles. Their work is vital to children, parents, communities, and our future, yet rarely do teachers receive the thanks they deserve. The new Thank You, Teachers Project wants to change that by sending a wave of gratitude to teachers across the country, one thank you letter at a time.
“Teachers have one of the most challenging and important jobs in our country; they give their all but receive little recognition” said Thank You, Teachers Project Founder Megan Scribner. “The Thank You, Teachers Project offers a space anchored in gratitude, where individuals can take a moment to reflect upon and share the profound impact teachers have had on their lives, and where teachers, in turn, can be strengthened with pride, recognition and well-deserved kindness.”
The Thank You, Teachers Project provides an online space where individuals of all ages can post thank you letters to the beloved teachers in their lives (past and present). Participants are invited to remember the special teachers who mentored them from kindergarten through college….in the classroom, on the field, in the art studio, on stage, in the library, or even in the principal’s office. Parents are encouraged to help their children participate.
To send a letter to a teacher, visit the Thank You, Teachers Project online and fill out the Thank You, Teachers form. Letters will be posted on the Thank You Letters Gallery and on the Teaching with Heart, Fire & Poetry Pinterest site.
Visitors are encouraged to read the thank you letters posted on The Gallery and Pinterest pages. Participants can also follow the progress of the project via the Teaching with Heart, Fire and Poetry website, Facebook page and on twitter @poetry4teachers. Posts should include the hashtag #tyteachers.
On June 30th, the name of one lucky teacher will be drawn from the submitted thank you letters for a free gift copy of Teaching with Heart – a best-selling poetry anthology in which teachers reflect on their favorite poems and how these poems help them sustain their energy and passion for teaching.
All visitors to the Thank You, Teachers Project will have the additional opportunity to thank their admired teachers with the choice of two special gift packages. With the Thank You Letter Package, teachers will be mailed a printed copy of the thank you letter, fit for framing. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the teacher’s principal or supervisor to help the teacher receive proper recognition on the job. The cost for this gift package is $10.00, which covers the cost of formatting and posting the letters, shipping and handling – and helps to support this effort.
The Thank You Letter & Book Package includes all of the above plus an autographed copy of Teaching with Heart. The cost for this gift package is $30.00. These letters and gifts offer a heartwarming means of recognizing and thanking teachers at the end of the school year.
In conceptualizing this special gratitude project, Scribner drew on her experience as co-editor of Teaching with Heart, as moderator of the Teaching with Heart, Fire and Poetry website, and as an active leader in her community schools. Through all these efforts, she has worked to give voice to teachers’ hopes and fears, courage and heart – and, in turn, to help renew and inspire teachers.
“Teachers sustain our society by developing the next generation of citizens, thinkers, artists, professionals and parents,” Scribner said. “Yet, the demands and pressures can be overwhelming, and the burn-out rate is climbing. We want to give something back to them.”
Thank You, Teachers Project:
The Thank You, Teachers Project provides an online space where people can post thank you letters to the special teachers in their life. By publicly thanking these teachers – recognizing the exceptional and difficult work they do each and every day – we honor and celebrate all teachers!
Teaching with Heart, Fire and Poetry:
Teaching with Heart, Fire and Poetry is an online community blog for teachers to share about their work and life. The online community was inspired by Teaching with Heart and Teaching with Fire, best-selling poetry anthologies where teachers reflect on their favorite poems and speak about who they are, why they do what they do, and how they keep their heart and commitment alive in their teaching.
Megan Scribner has three decades of experience as an editor, including co-editing three poetry anthologies: Teaching with Heart, Teaching with Fire and Leading from Within. She designed and moderates the Teaching with Heart, Fire and Poetry website and blog. A recognized community leader, she has held many leadership roles in local PTAs and, in 2012, received the Takoma Park Azalea Award for School Activist. She continues as an active volunteer in her community and committed to honoring and supporting teachers.