Saturday, December 9, 2017


Thank you for the work you do for students. Ohio's education stakeholder groups have come together to let you know that we are proud of you, and we are grateful for your passion and dedication to helping our students succeed.

As your professional organizations, we are uniting around an effort to lift up the great work you do, highlight it, and celebrate it by sharing positive stories from our public schools.

Whether you are a teacher, custodian, bus driver, food service worker, school nurse, classroom aide, school secretary, principal, superintendent, school board member, treasurer, business manager, or parent, the role you play is critical to student success. We are proud of the work you do for students and want to invite you to be part of our celebration of that pride.

Our statewide groups are gathering stories and information for our #PublicSchoolShoutout campaign. We invite you to use #PublicSchoolShoutout to post photos and videos to social media explaining the great work and cool things happening in your schools and classrooms every day. #PublicSchoolShoutout is a way for us all to showcase why we are proud of Ohio's public schools. Please join us by using the hashtag.
While our #PublicSchoolShoutout campaign will continue throughout the year, our efforts will culminate in a week of activities in schools and classrooms February 11-17. Mark your calendars - we'll ask you to join us by hosting a walk-in before school starts, invite members of your community in to see your school, or plan special classroom activities to celebrate and show why you are proud of your school with a #PublicSchoolShoutout. Use your own ideas or one of ours - we'll provide toolkits with easy-to-follow steps on how you can celebrate with us. Then post your photos and videos to social media with the hashtag #PublicSchoolShoutout so we can see how you're celebrating your pride in Ohio's public schools and like and retweet your posts.

The campaign goal? Simply to generate and expand positive and wonderful pride in our public schools.

You work hard. So do your students. You all deserve to be celebrated. Won't you join us?

The organizations uniting in the #PublicSchoolShoutout effort:
  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators - Kirk Hamilton, Executive Director
  • Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators - Julie Davis, Executive Director
  • Ohio Association of Public School Employees - Joe Rugola, Executive Director
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials - Jim Rowan, Executive Director
  • Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators - Ken Baker, Executive Director
  • Ohio Education Association - Becky Higgins, President
  • Ohio Federation of Teachers - Melissa Cropper, President
  • Ohio PTA - Susan Hans, President
  • Ohio School Boards Association - Rick Lewis, Executive Director
  • Ohio School Public Relations Association - Crystal Davis, President

Save the dates!
February 11-17, 2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Announcing the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Statewide 2018 “Champions of Breakfast Awards”

Announcing the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Statewide
2018 “Champions of Breakfast Awards”

It’s time to share your school breakfast best practice! Nominate your school for the “Champions of Breakfast Award.”  This award recognizes individual schools or districts that demonstrate collaborative efforts used to create, enhance or expand their School Breakfast Program.  
Nomination forms and a description of the award are available here.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2018 Email completed nomination forms to  

Awards will be announced during National School Breakfast Week, March 5-8, 2018.

New Poll Reveals How Young Children Are Using Social Media and Messaging Apps

and Messaging Apps

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 5, 2017)—National PTA released today the results of a national poll exploring the use of social media and messaging apps among young children. The poll, which surveyed 1,200 parents of children under the age of 13, was conducted in collaboration with Facebook earlier this year through Lincoln Park Strategies. The findings show that the majority of parents allow their children to use messaging apps and social media to stay in touch with friends and family.

“Helping children navigate the digital world has become a crucial element of parenting,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Through the poll, we explored the prevalence of young children using social media and messaging apps and gauged how they are using these tools. The results make our efforts to empower parents to help their children be safe and responsible online that much more important.”

Key findings revealed that:

  • 61% of parents said their children under age 13 use messaging apps and/or social media.
  • 81% of parents said their children started using social media between the ages of eight and 13.
  • 64% of parents whose children under 13 use social media say that it provides convenient ways to keep in touch and keep track of their children when they are not with them; 61% of parents whose children under 13 use messaging apps feel similarly.
  • 57% of children who use social media are using their own device, and 58% of children who use messaging apps are using their own device.

Through the poll, parents also reported wanting to help their young children use social media and messaging apps responsiblynearly nine in 10 say that they monitor their children’s online activities. More than half of parents said they would not allow their children to use social media and messaging apps without monitoring tools. However, parents reported they’d like to have a greater say in their young child’s use of social media and messaging apps: nearly three-quarters of parents whose children use messaging apps indicated that they want more control.

Despite online safety concerns such as bullying, parents believe messaging apps and social media can help keep their children safe and can provide good tools for learning. Poll results also show that connecting with family is the primary reason parents allow their young children to use messaging and social media apps.

  • 68% of parents agreed that messaging apps help them connect as a family.
  • 69% of parents said their children use social media to communicate with relatives such as grandparents and cousins.

“As parents, we want our children to connect, learn and have fun through technology, and at the same time, stay safe,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “Learning about how families are using social media and messaging apps is a critical component to helping them take advantage of the opportunities that the tools offer while building good digital habits and ensuring children have the skills they need to be responsible in the digital world.”

As part of National PTA’s ongoing digital safety efforts, the association encourages families to have open, ongoing conversations about devices and technology use and establish ground rules together using The Smart Talk. National PTA remains committed to helping parents empower their children to become smart digital citizens in an increasingly connected world.

To read the survey results from Lincoln Park Strategies, visit

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. For more information, visit

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (703) 518-1242

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Leadership Briefing
Computer Science Education Week is coming up! Starting Dec. 4, students all around the world will take an hour out of the week to spend time on coding. ThinkFun, a proud supporting sponsor of National PTA's STEM + Families initiative, wants to help you teach your children 21st-century thinking skills.

ThinkFun’s experts have created an Hour of Code activity that teaches Boolean Logic principles through fun puzzle solving. This activity has been officially approved by and is listed on the Hour of Code site!
Play 'Robot Repair' Now
You can find ThinkFun's entire line of new, unplugged coding board games at Target!