The start of a new school year comes with new people to meet, new material to learn, new rules to follow and for some kids, new responsibilities like taking care of their first phone or device and diving into a whole new social world online.
One of National PTA's founding principles is to advocate for children and families who are most vulnerable. In the heated debate about immigration, we raise our voice for the estimated 4 million K-12 students in the United States who have at least one parent with the potential of being deported.
I call on the Senate to include provisions in the Every Child Achieves Act that would provide states and districts the capacity and necessary resources to support effective family engagement strategies in every school to help every child succeed academically and reach his or her full potential.
Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, a renewed call to all citizens -- parents, teachers, education support professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and yes, students -- to make our schools great for all Americans.
Given how ubiquitous technology is, and with kids getting more tech-savvy than ever and new gadgets, social media platforms and apps being released every day, keeping children safe online is very important.
More than 40 years of research shows that when families are involved in their children's education and families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger.
Educational inequalities helped spur the civil rights movement, and it continues to be the civil rights issue of our time. With the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, it is critical to reaffirm our commitment to take action.
So this week, I salute Mr. Ed Thiel for his impact and exceptional example in the teaching profession along with the countless other teachers around the world who have made it their mission to educate our children.
While technology is a powerful tool for teaching and learning, it's just as important to help students think about the risks of their online behaviors including identity theft, exposure to inappropriate material and potential cyberbullying.
As a school-based PTA leader, my focus was on caring for the students and faculty of our school by building a strong membership and community business partnerships and offering quality programs and services.