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Why Bad Moms Need PTA

Laura Bay | Posted 08.03.2016 | Parents
Laura Bay

I'm sure you've seen the advertisements on Facebook and TV for the new comedy Bad Moms, released in theaters July 29. It tells the story of an over-worked and over-committed PTA mom who teams up with other stressed-out moms to free themselves from the everyday challenge of balancing kids, home and their careers.

I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

Shannon Sevier | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Shannon Sevier

Mass opt-out comes at a real cost to the goals of educational equity and individual student achievement while leaving the question of assessment quality unanswered.

New School Year. New Smart Phone. New Ground Rules.

Nathan R. Monell, CAE | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Nathan R. Monell, CAE

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.

Keeping Families Together

Nathan R. Monell, CAE | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Nathan R. Monell, CAE

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.

ESEA Reauthorization Needs Stronger Family Engagement Provisions

Otha Thornton | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Otha Thornton

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.

NEA and National PTA Encourage Nation to Celebrate American Education Week

Otha Thornton | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Otha Thornton

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.

Digital Citizenship Week: Share Awesome Online

Otha Thornton | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Otha Thornton

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.

Start the New School Year Off Right: Build Strong, Effective Family-School Partnerships

Otha Thornton | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Otha Thornton

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.

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: Remembering When Parents Stood Up for Change

Otha Thornton | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Otha Thornton

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.

Why Teachers Deserve Our Praise Every Day

Otha Thornton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Otha Thornton

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.

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

Building Better Digital Citizens

Otha Thornton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Otha Thornton

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.

Not Your Mother's PTA

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Do you think PTA is synonymous with bake sales? Think again -- today's PTA is about a lot more than cupcakes.

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates likes Common Core. So, he is purchasing it. In doing so, Gates demonstrates (sadly so) that when one has enough money, one can purchase fundamentally democratic institutions.

Securing a Brighter Future for Our Nation's Most Precious Resource

Melissa Kicklighter | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Melissa Kicklighter

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.

The Key to our Children's Success

Janelle Sperry | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Janelle Sperry

Now that I'm a mom of a 10-year-old girl, I realize how important it is to be involved in our children's education from the moment they step into kindergarten.

Assigning Homework With One Voice: Why The National PTA Should Adopt National Homework Guidelines

Vicki Abeles | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

With a national policy framework, schools can more consistently and effectively deliver homework practices that keep student health, learning and engagement at the center of the conversation.

Peaceful Revolution: Current School Food Standards Don't Make Sense

Margo G. Wootan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margo G. Wootan

Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents, and that increase has been linked to soda intake and the sale of junk food in schools.