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:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ohio's DRAFT ESSA Plan

The Ohio Department of Education is proud to release the draft state plan and the technical submission of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan with appendicesThere is still time for you to weigh in. You are invited to review and provide comment on the draft state plan and technical submission through March 6. The Department will continue to incorporate input throughout the development of the final Ohio plan.

Ohio’s plan takes a detailed look at the state’s education system and makes important improvements based on the feedback of our stakeholders and requirements in the law.

National PTA Statement on Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 7, 2017)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:
“Today, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education. Throughout the confirmation process, National PTA joined other education, civil rights, disabilities and community organizations in expressing strong concerns for Secretary DeVos’ lack of experience with public education; unfamiliarity with the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s public school students, families and educators; and support of programs that divert critical public school resources.
“National PTA looks forward to informing Secretary DeVos on all of our public policy priorities, including equitable public education for all, healthy and safe schools, protections for our nation’s most vulnerable youth and the importance of family engagement in education. Where we are in alignment, we stand ready to work together, however, policies of the administration that attempt to weaken public education will continue to meet National PTA’s opposition.
“National PTA has long stood and advocated for high-quality public education to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our association remains steadfast in our belief that public education must be strengthened with the support of adequate funding and continue to be governed by public officials. We oppose any private school choice system—vouchers, tax credits or deductions—that would divert public school resources.
“In addition to investing in public education, National PTA urges Secretary DeVos to improve the Department of Education’s role in advancing family engagement as a tool to increase student achievement and transform schools and communities. We strongly encourage the administration to carefully consider how family engagement can be integrated into all appropriate policy initiatives that it advances or supports. In particular, we urge the administration to fund the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program and for the Department to utilize the appropriate resources to assist in the dissemination of research and best practices to support family engagement in local communities.
“Furthermore, National PTA hopes that Secretary DeVos will ensure continued implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We also hope she will continue to prioritize stakeholder engagement in the implementation of the law. It is essential that parents and other stakeholders have a seat at the table as states and districts develop new education plans to provide valuable input and hold them accountable.
“National PTA is committed to working collaboratively with Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to implement these recommendations and advance policies that ensure all children reach their highest potential. Critical progress has been made to improve education, provide educational equity for all children and make sure every child is prepared for long-term success. We cannot go backward.”
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (703) 518-1242

Monday, February 6, 2017

Action for Healthy Kids Information

School Grants for Healthy Kids: 2016-2017 School Grants released Week of Feb. 6
Keep your eye on the national AFHK School Grants for Healthy Kids webpage for information coming soon on grants that will be released the week of Feb. 6. Grant applications will be due Friday April 7, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. School Breakfast and Game On (Physical Activity/Nutrition) grants will be available. Please register for the following webinars to learn more:

Every Kid Healthy Week: April 24-28, 2017
Join us in celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week 2017 with schools in your state! Become an official state partner to help us promote the week, and check out the resources available to support schools’ EKH Week events and learn more about how schools can register their events through AFHK’s Volunteer and Events Management Tool. For questions on EKH Week, please email AFHK’s Manager of Volunteer Initiatives, Sean Wade, or join our upcoming webinar:

How to Plan the BEST Every Kid Healthy Week Event - Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:00-3:00 ET1:00-2:00 CT12:00-1:00 MT11:00-12:00 PT 
Action for Healthy Kids is proud to work with schools nationwide to promote Every Kid Healthy Week™ – an annual push to focus on making schools healthier places. Every Kid Healthy Week brings attention to the nation’s problem of childhood obesity but, more importantly, to its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs.

Webcast: Every Student Succeeds Act

Register for Every Student Succeeds Act webcast: Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools. After a year of hard work and outreach which engaged more than 15,000 Ohioans, the Ohio Department of Education has released the draft overview and complete technical draft submission of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan.

Department leadership will host a webcast on Friday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. to discuss and share details about Ohio’s ESSA plan and discuss what it means for schools, students, educators and families. The webcast will also ask for additional feedback on the draft plan. The Department invites the public to review and comment on the overview during the comment period which is open through March 6. The Department will continue to incorporate input throughout the development of the final Ohio plan. The webcast will be recorded and available for playback.