National PTA Leadership Briefing 7.10.17

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July 10, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA has a new president! Read about Jim Accomando in our press release
The 2017-2018 PTA Back-to-School Kit is Here!
BTSKpromo.JPGAs a hardworking volunteer for your PTA, we know the 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kit will help make your upcoming school year a complete success. When you register for this year’s kit, you’ll get a Recruitment Tool and a poster-sized Calendar of PTA events. We will mail them at the end of July.

To register, visit

Join National PTA to #STOPCutsToClassrooms

StopCutstoClassroomsImage.jpgDid you know that Federal funding for public education programs has remained at 2% of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services.

This disparity between funding levels and actual costs means that the federal government has essentially enacted cuts to classrooms. National PTA is running a nationwide campaign—from July 7 to September 29—to raise public awareness that current levels of federal education funding are an inadequate investment in our children.

To learn more about the nationwide campaign and get involved in PTA’s advocacy efforts visit

Shape Family Engagement at PTA Through This Poll

National PTA’s 2020 Strategic Vision includes a goal to advance family engagement across the nation by establishing a Center for Family Engagement. To do so, we will be spending the next few months gathering input from members about our vision, definition and strategy for supporting family engagement at PTA.

We would like to hear from you! Please share your perspective by taking three minutes to complete this brief poll.

Spread the Word: National PTA STEM + Families Grants Available!
STEMPlusFamiliesLogoSmall.jpgThe 2017 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants, sponsored by Mathnasium, will award local PTAs $1,000 to host a STEM + Families Math Event at their elementary school this fall.

To be considered, have your local PTAs submit a completed application online (We also have the application in Spanish) by Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Do you have questions about the process, the application or what a Math Event looks like?

Join us for a webinar July 18, 3 p.m. EDT.
Register now, visit or

Support Your Local PTAs in Becoming Nationally Recognized Schools of Excellence!
SOELogoLockup.jpgNational PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to improve the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
By enrolling in this program, PTAs and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
ENROLL NOW at and learn more by watching our PTA Live! about the program on Facebook.
New Resource: 6 Keys to Engaging Families in ESSA

Parents 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 this new resource, National PTA has identified six critical ways states, school districts and schools should be engaging parents and families as part of ESSA, and all new education initiatives. Use the rubric on the back to evaluate how your state, school district and school are doing!

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.
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:
PTA Delegates Pass, Update Resolutions at Annual Convention

2017ConventionLogo.pngPTA members adopted one resolution and one amendment to an existing resolution at this year’s Convention and Expo. The adopted resolution is about Healthy Sleep for Adolescents. This resolution urges PTA members to educate the community about the positive impact that sufficient, quality sleep has for teens’ health, safety and academic success, and to urge policymakers to develop solutions and policies to encourage quality sleep for teens.

PTA members also amended the Sale, Resale and Destruction of Firearms resolution to include a provision about the importance of having research on the causes and effects of gun violence.

The National PTA board of directors also passed a Rights and Services for Undocumented Children position statement stating all students, regardless of immigration status, have a right to quality, free public education, students’ immigration status must be kept private and that schools should be “sensitive locations” where immigration authorities cannot enforce laws.

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