Saturday, July 1, 2017

Connecticut Father Takes Helm of Nation’s Preeminent Child Advocacy Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (June 30, 2017)—James L. Accomando of Fairfield, Conn. has been installed as the 55th president of National PTA, the oldest and largest all-volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Accomando’s installation took place during a ceremony at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

“Jim is a passionate and dedicated advocate for children and education, and we welcome him as president,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of National PTA. “His steadfast commitment to our mission, his leadership experience at all levels of PTA and his extensive professional career will build on the association’s rich 120-year legacy and make a positive impact on the lives of our nation’s children.”

As president, Accomando is committed to ensuring that all children have equity and quality in learning and access to a first-class public education. He will also focus on making sure PTA is relevant to today’s families.

“This is an extraordinary time in our history, where the issues affecting our children can greatly shift the progress we made in the past and the progress we are going to make in the future,” said Accomando. “These issues, however, provide us with great hope, promise, and tremendous opportunities to make an impact. I look forward to working with the Board of the Directors, members, partners, and staff to meet generational and demographic needs and challenges of today’s families, support and enhance our nation’s school system and make sure every child’s potential becomes a reality. I am honored to lead the association.”

Accomando has served in a variety of leadership positions in PTA. For the past two years, he served as president-elect of National PTA. Prior to his election, he served a two-year term on the National PTA Board of Directors and was also a member of the National PTA Standards of Affiliation Committee. Additionally, Accomando served as president of the Connecticut PTSA, president of Fairfield Ludlowe High School PTA, and was a board member and executive at Holland Hill Elementary School and Fairfield Woods and Tomlinson Middle Schools. While president of Connecticut PTSA, he was instrumental in the Snow Flakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School Healing Initiative.

Accomando will serve as president of National PTA until June 2019.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

PTA e-Learning Courses are Now Mobile-Friendly!

Did you know that you can take National PTA e-learning courses on any platform? 
You can take our e-learning courses on your desktop or laptop, tablet or smartphone from anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Taking an e-learning course with National PTA has never been easier!
Keep an eye out for a few NEW e-learning courses launching in April: 
501(c)(3) Basics for Local PTAs
This new finance eLearning course teaches local leaders how best to effectively maintain their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the IRS. Don't wait! Make sure your Local PTA is in compliance with the IRS today!

501(c)(3) Basics for State PTAs
If you need help creating effective strategies to support your local PTAs in maintaining their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, this is the course you have been looking for! 

Conceptos Básicos de la Membresia
This course provides the same great information to our Spanish-speaking members as the Membership Basics e-learning course does in English. 

Another new and exciting development is the change to the look of our e-learning library page. Now, when local and state leaders visit, they will see the courses that have been created for their current position within PTA!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Collect Dues Online!

Ohio PTA is helping you move PTA Dues online with a new custom collecting tool! Go here to get started:

Want to move PTA dues online? Ohio PTA has the tool for you. Watch this quick 2-minute video to get started.

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