Join ADAA For Two Free Upcoming December Webinars

ADAA is pleased to present two free upcoming December public webinars. We invite you to register today and help spread the word to all those who might be interested.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Tips for Helping Your Child Process The Election & Other Complicated World Events
Debra Kissen, PhD
Join ADAA for an interactive talk on how to assist your children in making sense of the complicated world we all find ourselves inhabiting. Anxiety and parenting expert, Dr. Debra Kissen will provide practical tips on how to find a balance between providing too much and too little information about complex national and global affairs and how to have these discussions in an age appropriate manner.
Debra Kissen, PhD
Clinical Director at the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago, IL.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Helping Kids and Teens Who Have OCD
Elspeth Bell, PhD

Working with kids and teens who have OCD can be both challenging and rewarding for clinicians. Join Dr. Elspeth Bell in exploring adaptations of traditional CBT techniques specifically focused for working with these clients. Elements addressed include approached for engaging the kids and teens (and their parents) in the treatment process, the use of creative E/RP, and the inclusion of family in the treatment process.
Elspeth Bell, PhD
Director at the Bell Center for Anxiety and Depression in Columbia, MD.
About these webinars: Each webinar is live and runs for 45 minutes. Each webinar is followed by a brief Q&A session. There are no fees, and no phones needed. Just log in and turn up the speakers on your computer. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Clinicians and other mental health professionals are welcome to attend, but ADAA does not offer CE credits. 
About the ADAA Public Education Webinar Series
ADAA presents free webinars to the public on topics covering some of the most frequently asked questions about psychological and pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders for adults and children. Visit the ADAA website for more resources, including videos and podcasts. ADAA does not offer CE credit for this webinar series.
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2016 PDK Opinion Poll on the Nation’s Public Schools Underscores Need for Improved Family Engagement

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 31, 2016)—Yesterday, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) released the results from the 2016 Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Among the topics covered, the need to improve family engagement in education and strengthen family-school partnerships is demonstrated by the findings of the survey.


In the poll, Americans and parents were asked their satisfaction with school efforts to keep them informed and give them opportunities to offer their opinions and input.


  • 55% of parents responded that they would like to be kept more informed about how their child is doing in school.
  • 51% of parents indicated they would like to be invited to visit their child’s school more often to see what is going on.
  • 56% of parents replied that they would like to be given more opportunities to offer their opinions and provide input on how things are done in their child’s school.


The poll also showed a strong relationship between family engagement and school satisfaction. Parents who rated their schools positively on keeping them informed, offering them opportunities to provide input and showing interest in their input gave their schools an A or B grade overall.


“One of National PTA’s founding principles—and continued top priority—is its dedication to ensuring families are engaged in education, families and schools work together, and families have a seat at the table when decisions are made that impact their children and schools,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “The PDK poll underscores the importance of prioritizing family engagement and family-school partnerships, which are proven to advance children’s learning and growth, increase student achievement and positively impact school improvement efforts.”


The findings from the poll come as states and school districts are working to create new education plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—the new federal law governing K-12 education. ESSA provides an important opportunity for states, districts and schools to improve family engagement and strength family-school partnerships as it requires that parents are meaningfully consulted in the development and implementation of the new education plans.


“Families play an important role in the successful implementation of ESSA and ensuring that all children receive a quality education by providing their input and holding states and districts accountable,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to working with families, educators, administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders to make certain family engagement is prioritized in ESSA and beyond. Systematic and sustained efforts to integrate families into the fabric of our schools is key to their success and our children and our nation’s future.”


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.


Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (703) 518-1242

Webinar: A Parent’s Roll in ESSA Implementation – July 27th, 2016

Webinar: A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Time: 2 p.m. EST
iStock_71630153_MEDIUM.jpgHow would you like to improve your child’s educational experience? It all starts with the implemenation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Join us to learn about family engagement provisions in the new law governing K-12 education and learn how parents are making sure that every child gets a world-class education. 
Speakers include:
  • Jacki Ball, director of government affairs at National PTA
  • Kelly Langston, president of North Carolina PTA
  • Otto Schell, legislative director of Oregon PTA 
  • Jessah Walker, senior federal relations associate, Chief Council of State School Officers.
Questions? Contact National PTA for more info.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide is a tool to empower PTA leaders, parents, educators, community members, and students to work together and achieve education success of all children and youth.  This Guide is intended to help implement programs, practices and poliicies which encourage partnerships between families, school, and communtiites and promote student success. 

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PTA Three for Me

Three for MeThree4Me – “A little volunteering goes a long way.parents must find time to participate in their children’s education and schools must provide the supports necessary for them to be involved. Three4Me will open the door to parents at every school.”

The Three4Me program helps plug-in parent volunteers by having parents sign a promise card to do at least three hours of volunteering in their school. The Three4Me program will help your PTA unit reach volunteers that you thought were unreachable! Learn how to get Dad’s involved, get helpful forms, and read success stories. Don’t wait, start learning how today! For more information visit PTA Three for Me Program.

Be More Involved With Your Teen

Although teens who are close to their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, ALL teens are at risk when it comes to drugs. It’s important for parents to talk to their teens and build open and trusting relationships. The more involved you are in your children’s lives, the more valued they’ll feel, and the more likely they’ll be to respond to you.

  1. Establish “together time.” Establish a regular weekly routine for doing something special with your child – even if it’s just going out for ice cream. Even a few minutes of conversation while you’re cleaning up after dinner or right before bedtime can help the family catch up and establish the open communication that is essential to raising drug-free children.
  2. Have family meetings. Held regularly at a mutually agreed upon time, family meetings provide a forum for discussing triumphs, grievances, projects, questions about discipline, and any topic of concern to a family member. Ground rules help. Everyone gets a chance to talk; one person talks at a time without interruption; everyone listens, and only positive, constructive feedback is allowed. To get resistant children to join in, combine the get-together with incentives such as post-meeting pizza or assign them important roles such as recording secretary or rule enforcer.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask where your kids are going, who they’ll be with and what they’ll be doing. Get to know your kid’s friends – and their parents – so you’re familiar with their activities.
  4. Try to be there after school. The “danger zone” for drug use is between 3 and 6 PM; arrange flex time at work if you can. If your child will be with friends, make sure there’s adult supervision – not just an older sibling.
  5. Eat meals together as often as you can. Meals are a great opportunity to talk about the day’s events, to unwind, reinforce and bond. Studies show that kids whose families eat together at least 5 times a week are less likely to be involved with drugs or alcohol.

Source: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign’s Behavior Change Expert Panel.