Friday, May 27, 2016

Parent toolkit for promoting water in schools

Please spread the word this week on the poisoning dangers of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine to young children

Liquid nicotine has been in the news due to recently announced FDA regulations and a new study released in Pediatrics. With this media publicity and child-resistant packaging legislation taking effect in July, now is the perfect time to raise awareness about the poisoning risks associated with liquid nicotine. To reflect new data from the study, Prevent Child Injury has updated the liquid nicotine toolkit, which includes a customizable press release, newsletter/blog, FAQ for parents, social media posts, and a Pinterest board. Use these materials (or any of your own) to join the conversation about liquid nicotine.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Letter from Dr. Lonny J. Rivera Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction to Ohio PTA President

Far too many Ohioans know the heartache that comes from losing a loved one to a drug overdose. It’s a heartache that touches all of us when a neighbor, co-worker or classmate falls victim to this growing plague. The epidemic of abuse and addiction touches every community — urban, suburban or rural. No one is immune.
Letter from Dr. Lonny J. Rivera Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Presidential Forum Thursday, May 26

National PTA is excited to announce that we are a sponsor of the Presidential Forum hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) on Thursday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET. National PTA has been an active member of CEF for many years working with over 100 education organizations to support increased federal investments in education programs. The Presidential Forum will feature a unique opportunity to hear an in-depth analysis of each candidate’s education priorities from high-level representatives on their campaign teams.

Award-winning journalist Candy Crowley will moderate the event and give the audience a chance to ask questions about the importance of investing in education and what education policy might look like in a new administration. All PTA members are invited to watch the broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and participate in the forum by submitting questions for the speakers or tweet your question using #CEFpresForum.

We hope you can join the critical conversation and find out about each of the candidate’s education policy platforms in the 2016 race for the White House! The full agenda of speakers and times for the Presidential Forum is below. Please contact Joshua Westfall ( with any questions you may have about the Presidential Forum.

Please feel free to share widely with your state and local PTA networks and on social media.  National PTA and the Government Affairs staff will be tweeting during the event.

2016 CEF Presidential Forum Agenda

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Opening Remarks

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: 1st Panel—Presidential Campaign Surrogates
  • Ann O’Leary, Senior Policy Advisor, Hillary Clinton Campaign
  • Donni Turner, Policy Advisor, Bernie Sanders Campaign
  • Policy Advisor from the Donald Trump Campaign (invited)

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: 2nd Panel—Representatives from Education Think Tanks
  • Lindsey BurkeWill Skillman Fellow in Education, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
  • Nat Malkus, Fellow in Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute 
  • Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Closing Remarks

End Bullying From #Day1

Day1-ImageAccording to, an average of 49% of youth in grades 4-12 are bullied (there is also bullying in preschool-grade 3). More than 70% of youth have witnessed bullying in their schools. Sadly, the old adage “Sticks and stones….” is a falsehood. The effects of bullying can lead to poor academic performance, depression and physical issues. This is an issue we can stop through proactive conversations with kids about treating people with respect and kindness. When bystanders intervene, instances of bullying stop 57% of the time.

To help communities start to have these critical conversations, the family of Tyler Clementi created a program in 2010 in response to the bullying their son endured as a freshman at Rutgers University by his roommate and others. A bright, talented and creative young man, Tyler became a victim of cyber-bullying in college which ultimately led to his death by suicide. Tyler’s family wanted to do something to stop any other person from being bullied. They formed the Tyler Clementi Foundation and spoke with experts, parents, educators and kids, who all told them that the best way to end bullying is through prevention. This led to the birth of the #Day1 Campaign to end bullying.

The #Day1 Campaign is a free, research-based and simple-to-use program that supports and ensures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to bullying behavior and expectations within school. It does so in the following ways:
  • Recognizes a person of leadership such as a teacher, principal or coach
  • Provides clear language that addresses specific harassing and bullying behavior
  • Offers tools for bystanders to become “upstanders”
  • Ensures there is verbal confirmation that the expectations are understood
This program is not intended to replace any current programming in a school. It simply outlines what bullying is and offers additional tools to end it. It’s been used by schools and community groups all over the U.S. to supplement their anti-bullying programs.

How Can Your PTA Help?

Encourage school and community leaders to bring the #Day1 Campaign to your schools, community groups, teams and after-school groups. Parents, students and coaches have all used the #Day1 program with their communities and you can, too. Simply go to and download sample toolkit materials. They are available for all age groups so they’ll work for all schools. Feel free to make this program your own! As long as the wording stays the same, you can custom-fit the #Day1 Campaign for your school. After you use #Day1, let us know how it has made an impact!

No kid deserves to go through life being attacked. Through the collaboration of parents, faculty, staff and the community, we can address bullying and finally put an end to it from #Day1.
For more info, email us at or find our twitter @TylerClementi.

Katey Aquilina is the coordinator of the #Day1 Campaign of the Tyler Clementi Foundation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Final Membership Committee Conference Call This School Year!

Thursday, May 26: We will have our monthly Membership Committee Conference Call at 8:00 p.m.
Call in number: 712-775-7031
Access Code: 124-091-395

Membership Committee Conference Call Agenda

Wrapping up Membership for this year

Planning Membership Drive for Next Year

Please plan to join us for the Membership Committee Conference Call this Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m.! PLEASE NOTE that the date and time have changed. Thank you for all that you have done for Membership this year!

Thank you!
Angela Revay
Director of Membership
Ohio PTA