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That One Time This Working Mom Signed Up For The PTO ...

Jess Chambers | Posted 08.22.2016 | Parents
Jess Chambers

What I learned is this ... I carried bonafide working mom guilt that kept me from offering what I could. I let my "I can't" keep me from my "I could."

Teaching Math Every Day

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.28.2017 | Education
Byron Garrett

My colleagues who work in education policy spend a lot of time thinking about how we can create children ready and able to compete in the global workforce. One of the best ways we can do this is to focus energy into ensuring our children receive a full education in math.

New Year, New Investments in Your Child's Learning

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.19.2017 | Education
Byron Garrett

The days of "do as I say, not as I do" should be behind you if you want your child to be an excellent student. Kids love to model everything they see adults doing- --whether it's movement, phrases, eating or habits. It's important for your child to see you on a quest for learning as well if you want them to journey to greatness academically.

5 Ways to Make Every Week 'Back To School' Week

Byron Garrett | Posted 09.24.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

Greatness may not be able to be taught, but it can be shown. While you've been reading about back to school sales and traffic reports, let's all work together to ensure that this back to school season helps our children and our country reach greatness.

Working for Free

Elissa Stein | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

My name is Elissa. And I'm a PTA president. I don't share the above with many people as replies tend to vary from sympathy to derision to dismissal. Meanwhile, as I juggle far too many balls that affect thousands of people I wonder how anyone can think of this as anything but vital, necessary work.

Arne Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Certain educational rights should be universal, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Tea...

In Appreciation of the PTA

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Their role is truly thankless. They have to herd the volunteers together, field any number of complaints, attend meetings, and gently let down every wide-eyed volunteer with a plan to raise money this way or spend it another, when their idea clashes with the reality of the calendar, or the budget, or the rules around the use school facilities.

New York Parents to Call for Time Out on Gov. Cuomo's Education Reforms

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.28.2016 | New York
Liam Robb O'Hagan

On Friday, the PTA Council in the Mamaroneck Unified School District, in suburban Westchester County, New York, is asking parents at the District's four elementary schools to stage a sit-in after morning drop off.

The Dad in Shining Armor

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The women I am among, the ones who have assured themselves I'm not a voyeur, give me a great deal for credit for my photographic labor. I'm dedicated, I take lovely photos, I'm always around. It's a lot of work. I feel duty-bound to acknowledge that my motives are much more self-serving.

Laura Bassett

How PTA President Became Obama's Unlikely Mouthpiece On Guns | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Betsy Landers, the Arkansas-born Republican president of the National Parent Teacher Association, wears a fire-engine red suit with a ch...

John Celock

Where Tea Party Lawmakers Get Their Wacky Ideas About Sustainability | John Celock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

In its ongoing quest to block implementation of the United Nations' sustainability agenda, the John Birch Society, a conservative advocacy group, is l...

Common Core Standards for Parents Part 2

Rob Furman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

The need for parents to once again accept accountability for their own children is paramount. The following is Part 2 of the Common Core Standards for Parents. Again, please feel free to add your own standards below in the comments section.

When the Community Works Together, Our Schools Prosper

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | San Francisco
Rhiana Maidenberg

By aligning the interests of each individual school with each other and fostering a collective, citywide spirit, edMatch is helping build one more plank on the bridge to equality.

Saying Yes to PTA Involvement

Ana Chapman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Ana Chapman

Change can only happen through education. And, because of that, I am a defender and supporter of education in my roles as teacher, mom, PTA leader, and community member.

Helping a Nation of Children

Sharon Whitworth | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Sharon Whitworth

We need to be active and involved with our children as they go through the crucial years of schooling. Involvement comes in many forms from volunteering at school, to having a quiet place for them to do their homework .

Providing the Support that All Our Children Need and Deserve

Sam Macer | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Sam Macer

It is the foster family that makes the educational difference and it is the PTA that will be there to provide support. We need the foster parent PTA.

Giving to Those That Hardly Recieve

Mandy Patterson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Mandy Patterson

When the PTA asked for volunteers I selected several boxes and was asked to be the treasurer. This was a great place for me; I learned so much about the needs that the school, the families at the school and the parents had.

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.

Bright Futures for All Children

Deirdre Pierce | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Deirdre Pierce

I was in the classes where students took pride in declaring all out war on subs, yet I stayed and worked past all of their efforts to get me to quit and always delivered my famous line "don't let this white hair fool you!"

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.

Collaboration, Communication, Accountability, and Equity: The Key to Parental Engagement

Anne Stafford | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Anne Stafford

The most commonly used word in education when it comes to parental involvement is partnership. Often the education world tries to reach out to parents to develop a "partnership" that falls short of its definition.

Schools Pull Out All The Stops To Get Parents Involved

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Showing up at your child's school doesn't usually get you cheaper shoes or haircuts but in Detroit, one organization is hoping to use local discounts ...

Stepping Down From the PTA

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

I no longer have the energy to put into the PTA. Or, better stated, I have that energy but it's not energy that I wish to devote to the PTA anymore.