National PTA Leadership Briefing 8.10.17

August 10, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
Resource: Go Back-to-School With the PTA-NEA Family Guides
NEA_PTA_Preparing_06JUL17-1.jpgNational PTA, in partnership with the National Education Association, is pleased to announce the release of the updated PTA-NEA Family Guides. These guides help families navigate common topics related to improving student outcomes and engaging families in their child’s education.
Topics include Preparing Your Child for School, Making Sure Your Child Gets the Education they Deserve, Helping Your Child with Today’s Math and Testing at Your Child’s School. Visit to see these and more!
3 Things To Know About This Year’s Back-to-School Kit
  1. Registration is open! Visit
  2. Give the PTA Leaders, Finance and Membership sections extra attention. We’ve revamped them to make these sections even more user-friendly.
  3. We will be hosting a PTA Live! series on Facebook about the Back-to-School Kit. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. EDT and Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Take the #STOPCutsToClassrooms Social Media Challenge

StopCutsSocialChallengePic.jpg62% of voters believe the federal government spends too little on public education (it accounts for just 2% of the budget).

Do you agree? Join National PTA in telling Congress to #STOPCutsToClassrooms.

Sign our petition, print out our official sign and challenge your friends to do the same!

To get the full instructions, visit
Join Us To Celebrate Our 2017 Hearst Award Winners! 
SOELogoLockup.jpgJoin us on FacebookWednesday, August 23 at 3 p.m. EDT for a PTA Live! where we will announce this year’s Hearst Award Winners, National PTA’s highest honor.


The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards are presented to PTAs that have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation and demonstrated outstanding success engaging families.

Time’s Running Out: 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.

Visit or email

Save the Date! Join Us on Facebook for …
PTA Live! Federal Funding for Low-Income Students
Friday, August 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Back-to-School Kit Overview
Wednesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Federal Funding for Students with Disabilities
Friday, August 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Hearst Award Winner Announcement
Wednesday, August 23 at 3 p.m. EDT
PTA Live! Back-to-School Kit Deep Dive
Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m. EDT
Catch up with Us! Did You Miss …

What Makes a Good ESSA Report Card?

3 Ways to Engage in New ESSA Report Cards
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National PTA STEM+Families Math Grants Training
Digital Safety Survey
What does it take to be a National PTA School of Excellence?
Encourage Your PTAs to Participate in the Congressional App Challenge

CACLogo.JPGThe Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. The CAC aims to bridge the gender, geographic and racial gaps in tech.

During the next 14 weeks, thousands of students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit their own original applications, that will be evaluated by panels of local judges. To get involved or for more info, visit

2017ConventionLogo.pngPTA Delegates Update National Bylaws at Annual Convention
At the 2017 National PTA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, PTA members voted to amend certain provisions in Articles IV, V, X and XI of the National PTA Bylaws.

You can view the amended bylaws at

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