Friday, March 23, 2018

Ohio PTA Receives Grant!


ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 23, 2018)—National PTA announced today the launch of the Center for Family Engagement, a new initiative to embed transformative family engagement practices, programs and policies across the educational system.

“We know families are essential to children’s success and school improvement efforts. However, traditional family engagement policies and practices do not always meet the needs of each and every family, nor empower them as partners in their child’s success,” said Leslie Boggs, president-elect of National PTA. “As the needs of families change, we must shift the way we think about family engagement. Through our new Center for Family Engagement, we want to move the educational system to the next generation of family engagement by modeling and advocating for more transformative approaches.”

Over the next three years, the Center for Family Engagement will:
  • Raise awareness about transformative family engagement by acting as a clearinghouse of innovative approaches, cutting-edge research and best practices that can be put into action.
  • Influence transformative family engagement decisions and resources by contributing to a national research agenda on how parent voice shapes family engagementpractices, programs and policies.
  • Empower PTAs across the country to be leaders in transformative family engagement efforts through grant and recognition opportunities as well as connections to other leading family engagement organizations.

As part of the launch of the Center for Family Engagement, National PTA also announced today that Ohio PTA, New York State PTA, Minnesota PTA, Tennessee PTA and Oklahoma PTA have been selected to receive a grant through its State PTA Family Engagement Innovation Challenge. With the grant, the state PTAs will identify examples of innovative family engagement practices in their local PTAs and school communities and develop plans to integrate these best practices into statewide efforts and advocacy for family engagement. Among the five PTAs, one will be selected to receive additional funding to implement their plan.

“When it comes to school success, family engagement is just as important as having a great principal and teachers, a strong curriculum and a positive school climate. Transformative family engagement is a key strategy to ensure every child receives a high-quality education and has every opportunity for success,” added President-Elect Boggs. “Family engagement is the foundation of PTA and we are investing in our mission with the Center for Family Engagement.”

For more information about the Center for Family Engagement, visit PTA.org/FamilyEngagement.

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 PTA.org.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Ohio PTA Voice March 2018

Convention BOGO deadline approaching quickly...April 1st!
http://www.ohiopta.org/Portals/0/VOICE%20fOLDER%20r/Ohio%20PTA-March%202018-draft.pdf


National PTA Statement on Shooting at Great Mills High School


ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 20, 2018)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

“Enough is enough. We have all watched in horror as our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. We need immediate change.

It is urgent that we work together to enact bipartisan policy solutions and make meaningful changes to keep our children safe. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.

It remains a top priority of National PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence preventionjuvenile justicemental health and students’ overall well-being.

National PTA urges Congress to adopt legislation requiring universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm, banning military-style assault weapons, and lifting any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence. National PTA also urges policymakers to prioritize mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services.

“National PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

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 PTA.org.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242









Monday, March 19, 2018

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids—Made for You

Friday, April 6, 2018 – Applications due

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids—Made for You

OK, so you’re ready to make change happen at school! Despite wanting to do what’s best for students’ health, many schools lack the necessary resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better and stay physically active. Action for Healthy Kids has provided $7.7 million in grants to schools since 2009 to help them accomplish their student wellness goals.
We are pleased to offer Parents for Healthy Kids Grants for the 2018-2019 school year. These grants, which are sponsored by ALDI, are designed for parents or parent groups (e.g. PTAs, PTOs, other) to lead school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives and to engage more parents in student and family health.
Grants up to $1,000 are available for K-12 schools in the following states: AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OHIO, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV. Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, as well as schools located within 15 miles of an ALDI store, but all schools are encouraged to apply.
Want to learn more? Review the application and application instructions

How to Apply

  1. Review the application and application instructions.
  2. Register for the grant webinar to learn about specific grant details and eligibility requirements and receive helpful tips for applying.
  3. We recommend you complete a paper application with your school health team prior to submitting your application online. Once the paper application is complete, it will take ~30 minutes to submit online. (No school health team? Learn how to start one or contact schoolgrants@actionforhealthykids.org for support.)
  4. Log in or create an account on the Action for Healthy Kids school portal. Applications must be submitted online. 
  5. Once there, connect your account with the school(s) for which you are applying. To do this, click on My Profile, then the Add or Manage Schools button.
  6. Click on Grants, and select the Parents for Healthy Kids grant. Then, complete your application!

Deadlines

•    Monday, February 5, 2018 – School portal opens to accept applications
•    Friday, April 6, 2018 – Applications due
•    Monday, May 14, 2018 – Award notifications  
•    Friday, May 25, 2018 – School Terms and Conditions due
If your school is interested in a School Breakfast or Game On (geared toward school professionals and school health teams for nutrition and physical activity initiatives) grant, visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/Grants to learn more.

Resources

In case you missed our webinar on applying for Parents for Healthy Kids grants, you can find the recording and slides to help guide your application.



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

Jan Harp Domene Award
Jan-Harp-Domene.jpgNational PTA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award recognizes PTAs that best demonstrate outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.
The award will be presented to one state PTA, one district/council/region PTA and one local PTA at the 2018 Annual National PTA Convention and Expo, June 21 – 24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

Winners Will Receive:

  • $1,000 cash award
  • 1 Plaque/Trophy
  • Honored at the D&I Breakfast at the National PTA Convention
  • Honored at the Awards Program at the National PTA Convention
  • 2 tickets to the Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast at National PTA Convention
  • 2 tickets to the Awards Dinner at National PTA Convention (1 person recognized on stage and individuals must be the same as those attending the breakfast)
  • Potential opportunity to be a speaker at the Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast
  • Certificates for PTA members named in the application

Who Should Apply?:

  • PTAs with proven efforts in welcoming diverse members of their community.
  • PTAs who have effectively hosted multicultural events to engage diverse communities.
  • PTAs that have been able to recognize and address issues regarding bias, prejudice and misunderstanding to promote diversity and inclusion.
  • PTAs who have effectively partnered with community organizations to increase brand awareness of PTA in their community including underrepresented groups.
  • PTAs who have made meaningful connections with key members of the community to impact membership and volunteerism.
  • PTAs who have increased the diversity of their board.
  • PTAs who have had success in diversifying their membership.
  • PTAs interested in continuing to grow their initiatives and efforts to expand their outreach.

Instructions - Requirement - Preview:

Ready to Apply?  

Once you have gathered all of the components, submit your application online by the deadline of Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Remember to save your narrative document for your records.
Questions?
Email Diversity@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4PTA (4782).