Friday, April 1, 2016

Be a Learning Hero...

PTA parents, want to know how to help your child and about the changes happening in classrooms across the country? Do you want tips to help your child prepare for the upcoming state test?  Learning Heroes can help! Learning Heroes just released their Family Playbook which is designed to ensure that parents have the information and resources at their fingertips to get ready for the upcoming state test. The guide provides basic facts on what to expect, tips and tools for helping your child prepare and links to the practice test so you can become familiar with the types of questions that will be asked. Learning Heroes mission is to equip parents with the information they need from partners such as National PTA to support your child at home. For more information and personalized tools visit

Ed Week: ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices. The article highlights National PTA and family engagement provisions in ESSA. National PTA is a supporter of the Testing Bill of Rights. We are asking that people sign the Testing Bill of Rights. The campaign has a goal of 10,000 signatures within a month. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sandy Hook Promise Town Hall Meeting Kicks Off the 110th Ohio PTA Convention

Join Us!

FREE Friday Sandy Hook Promise Town Hall Meeting 

on April 8, 2016, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel ~ 175 Hutchinson Avenue ~ Columbus, Ohio

Paula Fynboh has studied and practiced social change extensively and believes that real and sustainable change happens when people come together at the grassroots level around seemingly simple, yet powerful actions that shift the narrative and culture of what is acceptable. Paula is a firm believer that hope can counter apathy and strives to provide positive solutions to reduce gun violence.
Paula leads the national outreach and program strategy for the organization with the goal of bringing Sandy Hook Promise's prevention actions and resources to schools, youth serving organizations, and communities across the country.

As Director of Advocacy, Mark Barden leads policy and outreach efforts for Sandy Hook Promise and frequently serves as a spokesperson for the organization. Since the tragic loss of his son Daniel, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with six educators, Mark has dedicated himself to bringing people together to find sensible solutions that will prevent future tragedies and spare other families the pain of losing a child to gun violence.
Mark's belief that thoughtful, sincere dialogue will lead us to shared common ground set him on a path he never anticipated. His journey has taken him from speaking to a receptive audience at meetings with over half of the United States Senate, media interviews on every major network and speaking engagements before civic groups, religious groups, college audiences and more, all focused on creating a safer future for our children and our communities.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ohio PTA Convention Press Release

CONTACT:     Elise Skolnick

Ohio PTA to Host Sandy Hook Promise Town Hall

COLUMBUS (March 28, 2016) – Ohio PTA will kick off its 110th Annual Convention with a free Sandy Hook Promise Town Hall meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus, Ohio.

Sandy Hook Promise is a national, nonprofit organization led by several people whose loved ones were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They are focused on preventing all forms of violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.

The Convention presentation focuses on easy to implement prevention resources available to schools at no cost. Paula Fynboh, who leads the national outreach and program strategy for the organization, and Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will facilitate.

The Convention also includes opportunities for PTA members and others to learn about a variety of topics including how to rethink parent involvement for the 21st Century, creating successful and sustainable wellness practices, and understanding college credit plus in high school curriculums.

About 300 participants are expected.

To register, go to The cost is $125 per person.

The Ohio PTA, a 115-year-old branch of the National PTA, is composed of nearly 70,000 members in over 500 units. The organization works to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.


Four Tips to Tougher Passwords


Source: National PTA One Voice Blog
If you’re making an effort to use stronger, more complex passwords on your online accounts, good for you! But be careful—a longer password isn’t always a stronger one.
Here’s what I mean. “123456” is an excellent example of a weak password. Changing it to “12345678” certainly makes it longer, but not necessarily any stronger. And changing “password” to “password123” doesn’t increase its strength by much either.

Longer is better, but weak is weak --—no matter a password’s length—particularly if a password incorporates a simple pattern. To improve your passwords, you need to add complexity. Here are four tips to help you do so:

Randomize it
Consider using a randomized series of characters that incorporate a mix of letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols. While long words such as your hometown or company name could be easy for others to decipher, a random variety of characters will leave them guessing.
An easy way to remember a password that is random and difficult to decode is to create a sentence and then list characters that represent the sentence. For example, you can use a sentence like, “My favorite place is the beach,” and break it down into something like, “mFp1StB!” As you’ll read here, LifeLock educational advisor Jean Chatzky takes a similar approach for her passwords.

Variety is the spice of, um, passwords
It’s important to use different passwords for each account you have for obvious reasons. If someone guesses one password, it’ll be easier for that person to hack into your other accounts with the same password.

Update ‘em
When you update a password—for instance, following a data breach—it’s easy to fall back on ones you’ve already used. Don’t do it. Work to keep each password fresh and unique—like you!—and, of course, strong and complex.

Consider a password management app
Password management applications act like a digital wallet, storing your personal passwords, login details and other information in one place. All you need to remember is one strong password that allows you to log in to the password management app itself. There are many on the market, so search and see which one may work best for you. Learn more in this LifeLock UnLocked blog post from theIdentity Theft Resource Center.

Learn more about a special offer from LifeLock for PTA members and families.

Cory Warren is the blog editor of LifeLock UnLocked.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program

The Ohio Hearing Aid Assistance Program (OHAAP) is a program that provides assistance to families with children under twenty-one years of age with permanent hearing impairments to purchase hearing aids and batteries. Families with incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.  Families are encouraged to contact Melissa McCoy at (614) 466-1995 or by email at . Melissa is a Public Health Audiologist with The Ohio Department of Health and coordinates the OHAAP Program. Below is a link to the OHAAP site: