Friday, February 10, 2017

National PTA Bylaws / Amendments


A Message from the National PTA Bylaws and Policy Committee
PTA delegates adopted revised bylaws for National PTA at the 2016 Convention & Expo. This revision updated National PTA's governing document to better serve the association.
This summer, the National PTA Bylaws and Policy Committee will propose several amendments to the bylaws at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, which include:
  • The addition of a new Article IX: Executive Committee;
  • Provisions for a vacancy in one or more of the officer positions;
  • Inclusion of the Elections Committee as a Standing Committee of the National PTA;
  • Amendments to Article X: National Constituent Association Advisory Council (NCAAC)
    • Section 2. Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary with defined duties and
    • Section 4. Meetings with a process for scheduling regular and additional meetings;
  • The addition of a new Article IV: Constituent Associations, Section 7. Dissolution
  • Provisions for anyone wishing to support the National PTA mission, purposes and principals with a mechanism to do so as a supporting member
For those wishing to learn more about the proposed amendments to the National PTA Bylaws, the National PTA Bylaws and Policy Committee will host a webinar Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. EST. The Committee will review each amendment and its rationale for those attending the webinar.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Suicide Prevention Foundation

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is excited to offer free, online, self-paced suicide prevention trainings for Elementary, Middle, & High School personnel. Watch our upcoming webinar to learn how you can champion the trainings in your schools!
OSPF is offering Kognito gatekeeper trainings for Ohio School teachers, staff, and administrators. These trainings educate school personnel on how to recognize and help students who are in distress through online simulations and conversations.
Kognito trainings offered:
-        At-Risk for High School
-        At Risk for Middle School
-        At-Risk for Elementary School
-        Step-In, Speak Up
All trainings use online avatars to equip school personnel with lessons on recognizing warning signs of distress in students, initiating and holding helpful conversations, identifying when further help for students is needed, and referring youth to appropriate services.
For more information on the trainings visit:
For those interested in promoting these trainings in their schools, a webinar will be hosted on February 9th at 12:00pm.
To register for the webinar follow this link: