Source: National PTA One Voice Blog
When a school and its PTA make a joint decision to become a National PTA School of Excellence, they are making a commitment to work together as a team to build effective family-school partnerships in their school community.
There are three important steps on the journey to becoming a School of Excellence.
Step 1. Enroll
Step 2. Complete the family survey
Step 3. Complete and submit the Family School Partnership Scan
By now, most schools that enrolled are at Step Three. This step, the completion of the Family-School Partnership Scan and the receipt of a customized Roadmap to Excellence specific to local needs, provides a clearer picture of both the successes and opportunities for improvement. This leads to the decision of which path your School of Excellence team will take in the coming months. The possibilities are limited only by imagination and dedication!
After receiving the Roadmap to Excellence, some teams may wonder where to begin. For some schools, the Roadmap may seem extensive. This is the time to assemble the School of Excellence team, focus on specific opportunities for improvement and create an action plan by following these steps.
In the words of tennis great Arthur Ashe,
“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”You CAN achieve greatness for your school, your students, and your community! Through teamwork, dedication, and shared goals, you can achieve Excellence.
Kris Garst is a past president of European PTA, and currently serves on the European PTA Board of Directors as vice president for legislation as well as the convention chair
Lauren Van Hemert served as the president of The Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School PTSA for three years. She has also served on the Nominating Committee for the Wake County PTA and has promoted the National PTA School of Excellence on the county level.
Both Kris and Lauren are recipients of the 2016 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Ohio PTA will participate in Neighborhood Pride Week, a City of Columbus event in the Westland Area community, from October 17-21, at the Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, in Columbus.
Ohio PTA will have an information table for the entire week to distribute materials concerning Ohio’s Learning Standards and assessments. Ohio PTA will recruit the local PTA council and units to help man the table. On Thursday, October 20th, Ohio PTA, along with South-Western City Schools Deputy Superintendent David Stewart, will give a presentation on the standards and assessments during lunch, at noon. Get the chance to win a Kindle Fire for attending.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Source: PTA One Voice Blog
“The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we’ve got to use it.” –Congressman John Lewis
Every day, throughout this nation and overseas, PTA members are hard at work, striving to better the lives of all children. Collectively, our non-partisan voices have made a positive impact nationwide.
Just as we speak up for children through our advocacy work, we also need to exercise the privilege given to every U.S. citizen—the right to vote. Not only should we vote, we need to motivate the people in our schools and communities to vote.
As child advocates, we need to engage, inform and educate our membership on the issues facing our children and education on the ballot today. We need to provide them with the tools they need to vote intelligently at the ballot box.
Elections can have consequences to our mission and we need to make sure our elected officials will work to serve our children well.
So, how can PTA members get involved in non-partisan civic activities? There are a several ways for PTAs to engage their membership as Election Day approaches.
View the list of civic engagement activities your PTA can do as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization below and check out our Election Guide for more options.
- Organize voter registration drives (check state and local laws)
- Host candidate forums
- Work with other organizations like the League of Women Voters to distribute information on state and local issues that may be on the ballot
- Hold or participate in a Mock Student/Parent Election on
- Encourage 18-year-old students to vote and help them register, and plan a trip to the polls together
- Ask your membership to familiarize themselves with the candidates and issues
- Help members identify the location of their polling place and its hours of operation
- Inform parents and families of the proper identification and additional information they need to bring with them to the polls in order to vote in your state
- Provide information to your school community about alternative ways to vote in your state (absentee, early voting, vote-by-mail)
Have your PTA members mentioned that they feel their vote does not make a difference? Remind them that elections have been won by just one vote—and in the not-too-distant past, 537 votes made the difference in a presidential election.
If we as PTA members do not speak up for all children, who will? Make a difference in the lives of children. VOTE on and encourage all child advocates to cast their ballots.
As you head to the polls, remember these wise words from the Dalai Lama, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Latha Krishnaiyer is the past president of Florida PTA and a current National PTA bylaws and policy committee member.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Bullying Prevention: Supporting LGBTQ Students
When: Tuesday, Oct. 11
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. However, depending on the environment, certain groups—such as LGBTQ students and students who are perceived to be LGBTQ—are at a greater risk of being bullied. Creating a supportive school climate for LGBTQ students improves educational outcomes for all students.
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, please join National PTA and The Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools Program for an Every Child In Focus Leadership Series webinar.
Attendees will gain an understanding of how to best support LGBTQ students and reduce their risk of being bullied, as well as ways to advocate for all students.
About the Every Child in Focus Leadership Series
National PTA's Every Child in Focus initiative is a campaign to strengthen family engagement in schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations, and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child.
Through its Every Child in Focus Leadership Series, National PTA is hosting a series of virtual events for PTA leaders, educators and family and community engagement professionals to share effective family engagement and community outreach strategies.