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June 29, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Is your state doing what it should to get families involved in ESSA? Use our new resource to find out!
  • Catch up with PTA! We’ve had a lot of great webinars recently. More details on how to watch them below.
  • What makes the “PTA Difference” so much better for schools? Find out below.
New Resource: 6 Keys to Engaging Families in ESSA
PTATakesActionLogo.JPGParents and their children are the consumers of our nation’s public education system, and parents have always been essential partners in education. However, they haven’t always been included at the decision-making table. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a unique opportunity for parents and families to give their input and to hold states and districts accountable for their children’s educational experience.
In our new resource, National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA or any new education initiative. Use the rubric on the back to evaluate how your state, school district and school are doing!
Enroll Now to Become a School of Excellence!
SOELogoLockup.jpgMaybe you are looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements. Maybe something meaningful is already happening between your PTA and school, and you would like to see that recognized.

In either case, the National PTA School of Excellenceprogram offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and to earn acknowledgement for your PTA and school.

ENROLL NOW at PTA.org/Excellence and learn more by watching our PTA Live! about the program on Facebook.

What Makes the “PTA Difference” So Much Better for Schools?

PTAvUPG.JPGYour event is in full swing—the room is decorated, there’s a great turnout, the fundraiser is making money and everyone is happy … But then someone gets hurt and you realize that you forgot to purchase insurance. Now what? If you’re an unaffliliated parent group, you’re on your own.

But, if you’re a PTA, you know that the path to fixing these issues is as simple as making a phone call or sending an email. You’re covered! See more benefitsto being part of the PTA community at PTA.org.

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.
LearningHeroesLogo(1).pngCollege and Career-Readiness Resources

Summertime means sun and fun, making it the perfect time for learning to come alive for your child! But as parents, we know it isn’t always easy to keep children engaged during the break. That’s where the “Summer Stride” comes in!

Developed by Learning Heroes, the National Summer Learning Association and National PTA, read five simple ideas to help your child stride forward this summer.

We Had a WINNING Time #PTACon17
PTACon2017GM1.jpgWin 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:
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314