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

Otha Thornton | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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.

Report: Billions Needed To Fix America's Crumbling Schools

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

America's schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their origina...

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.

Tennessee Bill Asks Parents To Grade Themselves On Report Cards

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of ...

National PTA Losing Favor Among Parents

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 04.07.2012 | Parents

-- When Otha Thornton, president-elect of the National PTA, signed up to help lead the PTA at Maryland's Meade Senior High School in 2005, the chapte...

School Parent Group Supporting Gay Students Never Got Approval, Official Says

AP | By FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- A New York group calling itself the first Parent-Teacher Association unit in the country dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbia...

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.