Thursday, February 25, 2016

Parents for Healthy Schools

Source: CDC
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Parents have a powerful role in supporting children’s health and learning. Engaged parents help guide their children successfully through school, advocate for their children, and can help shape a healthy school environment.1 CDC has developed a set of resources called Parents for Healthy Schools to help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments.
These resources will:
  • Educate parents about
    • School nutrition environment and services
    • School-based physical education and physical activity
    • Managing chronic health conditions in school settings
  • Provide parents with practical strategies and actions to improve the school health environment
  • Provide suggestions for ways to track progress in engaging parents in changing the school health environment.

Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math | Ohio Department of Education

Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math | Ohio Department of Education

Monday, February 22, 2016

Angela's Advice...PTA and the School

Host an event that brings school, parents and PTA together such as a presentation about the state standardized tests.  Find out what information parents are seeking and offer a program to match at your own building or in conjunction with other units in a larger location in the district such as a high school auditorium.  It may be drug and alcohol awareness or college readiness.  There is always something the parents would like to stay informed about.  Be sure to advertise that the PTA hosted this program and encourage people to join before and after the event.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Celebrating Black History through PTA


Selena Sloan Butler, founder and first president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers 1926-1931

Selena Sloan Butler was past president of Georgia Congress of colored Parents and Teachers 1919-1926. On May 7, 1926, the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) was formed. In 1928, Mrs. Butler was appointed as a member of the President’s National Conference on Child Health and Protection.
Selena Sloan Butler goes International: Selena Sloan Butler presented early childhood information at conferences of the Nursery School Association of Great Britain.
Mrs. Butler died in October 1964.


Mayme Williams, president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1953 – 1957

Under her term in 1954, Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.  President Eisenhower appointed Williams to a special committee to plan a White House Conference on Education.


Ethel W. Kight, president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1957 – 1961 

President of the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1946-1952, Kight joined NPTA president Karla Parker at the White House Conference on Children and Youth.  This was the golden anniversary of the White House Conference, which had started during the Taft administration to help keep children’s concerns high on the national agenda.


Minnie Jewett Hitch (Mebane), president, National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1964 – 1967

Administration theme:  “Aspiring for One World.” — In 1966, the two associations began formal talks about unification. 

Clara B. Gay

Clara B. Gay “Happy,” president, the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1967 – 1970

President of the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, 1954-1958 and the last NCCPT president – the end of her administration marking the culmination of the two associations’ work to formally merge in 1970.  At their annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 1970 the two organizations formally united to become – the National PTA.  Clara Gay was appointed as an advisor to the National PTA board of managers and was presented with the National Life Membership Award.


Lois Jean White, president, National PTA, 1997 – 1999 (Tennessee)

President White participated in the President’s Summit for America’s Future, where President Clinton, General Colin Powell and other national leaders discussed ways to promote community service and volunteer work to help young people.
President White embarked on a National Media Tour and received significant national press coverage. The 102nd National PTA convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1998 and the U.S. Virgin Island became the 54th PTA Congress. In 1999 the National PTA started a year-long strategic planning process. The 103rd annual convention was held in Portland, Oregon.

Otha Thornton
2013-2015, president
Otha Thornton was installed as the first African-American male president of National PTA at the June 2013 National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a senior operations analyst with General Dynamics in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and his last two assignments were with the White House Communications Agency and United States Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. Thornton earned the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional performance in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010.

Source: National PTA

Ohio PTA's 52nd President 2013-2015
Lisa Mack, the association's first African American president, loves music so her term theme was: Our PTA Symphony: Bringing Harmony to Every Child's Life.