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The Volunteer Pledge

Christine Burke | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

I'm dreading The Volunteer Season because of the parents who make volunteering hard. The parents who judge, eye roll, and hrmmph their way through school activities because they are fairly certain they are God's gift to the Land of Volunteer.

5 Tips for Transparent Parent-Teacher Communication

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Teacher-bashing has become a commonplace and even an acceptable practice among parents of school-going children. Somewhere along the way, parents and teachers went from being on the same team -- respected caregivers and educators of children -- to enemies at war.

How Going Undercover Reminded Me to Appreciate My Privilege

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 04.26.2014 | Parents
Katy Wolk-Stanley

My non-consumerism relies heavily on the community I live in. If I were in more of a low income area, my food shopping options would likely be limited, and our safety would not be a given. I have opportunities that many other Americans do not.

What Parents Can Do to Ensure All Kids Succeed

Alexis Glick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Alexis Glick

The science is now beyond doubt: better nourished, physically active kids learn more and perform better at test time and beyond

Shame on Texas PTA for Supporting Lower Expectations

David Hinojosa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
David Hinojosa

It is clear that requiring Algebra II for all Texas graduates is in the best interest of the youth of this state: for their future and that of Texas. TLEC calls on local PTAs to make their voices heard and demand that its statewide organization reverse its position supporting lower expectations.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Back-To-Basics in a Digital World

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

For some parents, talking with their child's teacher about their expectations and learning about the teacher's priorities for their child can be an eye-opening experience.

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.

Ten Places Moms Wish They Could Bring a Flask

Danielle Herzog | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy
Danielle Herzog

Toddler soccer games. Though, this could make for a hilarious drinking game opportunity. Every time a kid watches a ball roll right past him because he's climbing on the goalie net their parent has to drink.

Bake Sale Mania Makes Me a Maniac

Anna Sandler | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

The Bake Sale mania at my kids' public school has made me a maniac. There is just no other word for it. Maniac. Cue '80s Flashdance flashback, but with mom jeans, rage and cupcakes.

The NRA and the USA

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Regarding the role of the National Rifle Association in a nation that has witnessed far too many killings of far too many innocents, in a nation with far too many of the kind of weapons that are best left to Navy SEALs killing enemy terrorists, I write today to reach out.

Is Halloween Good or Bad for Civil Society?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 12.30.2012 | Parents
Elizabeth Marquardt

Halloween is the only time of year that dozens and dozens of children knock on my door. The only time that I see or meet many of my neighbors.

Are Monkey Bars Too Dangerous For Playgrounds?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.18.2012 | Parents

Written for Slate by Dan Kois I didn’t expect to be one of those parents who has opinions about playground equipment. Before we moved to the subu...

Parent Teacher Association Sues Rival PTO Today

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The nonprofit PTA sued a for-profit rival on Wednesday, accusing it of denigrating the established group in a bid to siphon off member...

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.

Leadership and Advocacy: A Recipe for Success

Carlina Brown | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Carlina Brown

It is our conviction that without proper parent engagement, success in urban schools will be difficult to achieve. Our motto: "We are not your mother's PTA."

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.

Is Public Education Really Free?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As we look forward to a brand new school year, parents are busily getting their children ready for the first day of school. And that means spending money.

Why Parents Shouldn't Take a Summer Break from Schools

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Summer is not the time to take a break from school involvement. If parents are shy about contacting district officials, they can always get in touch with their parent organization leaders.

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.