Illinois PTA Clarifies Position on Chartering Scout Units

The Illinois PTA does not allow PTAs to charter Scouting units, including Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews. This has been a PTA position since 1990. The reasons for this prohibition are as follows. PTA insurance specifically excludes Scouting units. This means that your PTA’s insurance will not cover any Scouting-related claims … Continue reading Illinois PTA Clarifies Position on Chartering Scout Units

Moving Beyond “How Was School Today?”

It’s a practically a ritual in most households, “How was school today?” While your kindergartner might share a lot in answering that question, as they get older, as teacher communication gets rarer, and as more things happen at school that we need to know about, the answer tends to get shorter—much shorter—“Fine.” Elena Aguilar, a … Continue reading Moving Beyond “How Was School Today?”

4 Things Not to Do When Dealing with an Angry Volunteer

From the National PTA president down to the local unit, PTA is a volunteer association. PTA can’t do what it does without volunteers, and Illinois PTA has shared information on: Getting more volunteers Overcoming objections Making the most of your volunteers Recognizing your volunteers Most of the time, PTA volunteers are happy to share their … Continue reading 4 Things Not to Do When Dealing with an Angry Volunteer