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News from National Convention—New Diversity Toolkit

As our country and school communities become more diverse, our PTAs are working to become more diverse in their membership and leadership as well. Tohelp PTAs with that process, National PTA released the new Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit at the 2015 National PTA Convention at a breakfast honoring this year’s Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award winners.

The toolkit is based on best practices from across the country in reaching out to underrepresented groups in your community and provides information for PTA leaders at both the state and local level. Key take-aways for starting or enhancing diversity initiatives are:

Additional information is provided on how to grow your PTA’s membership by engaging with non-traditional audiences.
This information walks you through the process of reaching out to those communities by:

National PTA’s diversity and inclusion page will serve as a repository for best practices and programs, allowing the toolkit to continue to expand. The page also includes a recorded webinar covering some of the material in the toolkit.

As PTAs continue to work to fulfill their mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children, the Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit provides a critical resource in reaching out to all families and all children.