Elections—A Guide for PTAs

Local elections are coming up on April 6, 2021, and it is these elections, often featuring school board races and school funding referenda, that PTAs and their members are most often involved with. Because PTAs are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, the IRS sets specific limits on what PTAs can and can’t do regarding elections. Failure to … Continue reading Elections—A Guide for PTAs

Make Sure Your Child is on the Path to Success

Learning Heroes, in partnership with National PTA, Univision, and Remake Learning Days Across America, has launched Paths to Success, a research-based bilingual resource aimed at helping parents of middle school and high school students prepare their child for success in high school and beyond—whether that path leads to a four-year college, technical program, or a job. … Continue reading Make Sure Your Child is on the Path to Success

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online—The Smart Talk and Parental Controls

Several years ago, Illinois PTA shared information on The Smart Talk, a National PTA program steps you through a conversation with your child about online limits and produces a “contract” based on your discussion. Now, with kids online even more in the pandemic for school, socializing, and fun, it might be time to revisit The … Continue reading Keeping Your Kids Safe Online—The Smart Talk and Parental Controls

Creating Meaningful Engagement Between Schools, Teachers, and Families

Last spring as the pandemic began to spread and schools shut down, how school districts communicated their plans with families was critical. National PTA partnered with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to investigate how schools engaged families and teachers in both school closing and reopening plans and to see what lessons could be learned … Continue reading Creating Meaningful Engagement Between Schools, Teachers, and Families