Is Your PTA an ATM for Your School?

Have you ever felt that your PTA was an ATM for your school principal and teachers? Have you ever felt like your principal thought your PTA budges was his or her discretionary spending fund? Do you get requests from teachers and school staff to fund certain projects and items that really ought to be part of the school budget? You’re not alone. PTAs frequently turn over their funds to school administration for such basics as books, equipment, and maintenance, not to mention extras, such as playground equipment and vending machines. The customs that have developed between PTAs and schools have blurred the line about what PTAs are; what vision, mission, and purposes we follow; and how our funds should be used. Vision, mission, and purposes PTA’s vision is making every child’s potential a reality. PTA’s mission is to be A powerful voice for all children A relevant resource for families and communities A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child PTA’s purposes, or historical goals are as follows: To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship To raise the standards of home life To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education How PTAs work The national PTA organization is...

PTA Election Do’s & Don’t

With the school board elections and potential ballot initiatives, it’s important you and your members are aware of the laws around what your PTA can and cannot do. 1) PTAs CANNOT support/endorse/oppose candidates. This is IRS law. If your PTA endorses a candidate you not only jeopardize your PTA’s non-profit status but the non-profit status of every PTA in Colorado. 2) PTAs CAN support or oppose ballot issues. If your PTA wishes to take a position to support or oppose a ballot initiative you must have a majority vote of your membership (not just your Board) and you must give your membership fair notice that the vote will take place (7-10 days). 501(c)(3) Status and Law. Because PTA is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, the IRS does not allow PTA to support candidates. It is legal for PTAs to inform voters of an election and list ALL the candidates who are running. PTAs may hold candidate forums, as long as ALL candidates are invited. Advocating for an Initiative. Colorado PTA prefers that local units help ballot issue campaigns by providing volunteer assistance with such things as literature distribution, yard signs, phone calling, etc., rather than making monetary contributions. Voter registration drives are encouraged. Campaign Donations. The IRS does not allow local units to contribute more than “an insubstantial amount” of their gross revenue to ballot issue campaigns or lobbying. This is generally viewed as being between 2% and 5% of gross revenue. (Please note that this refers to the total amount given to all ballot issues and lobbying throughout the year.) Because all local units are part of the Colorado...

The Smart Talk

National PTA—in collaboration with LifeLock—has announced The Smart Talk, a new interactive online tool that lets parent-child duos set ground rules together about smart digital habits. With The Smart Talk, you can create a customized, personalized technology agreement with the kid(s) in your life. It all starts with creating your ground rules. Give it a try and then help us promote it by sharing #thesmarttalk on social media and within your PTA networks. Spread the Word Are you a local PTA leader? Spread the word at a PTA meeting or as a topic of discussion for your back-to-school meeting agenda. Consider using our sample digital graphics and social media messaging to post on your local PTA’s social media, and download the printable flier and The Smart Talk Quick Guide to encourage your units about getting parents and kids involved. Sample social media messaging Facebook cover and social media graphic The Smart Talk Quick Guide For more info, please visit TheSmartTalk.org and “Like” #TheSmartTalk on...

The PTA Advantage – Why Join PTA?

The PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of over 4 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child. Today, the issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools. The PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA. Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of the PTA...

TAKE THE PLEDGE!

Every child in the United States should be well-nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. Sadly, they’re not. One in three kids in this country is either overweight or obese. But they don’t have to be. Schools are a big part of the solution and you can be too. It’s going to take a nation of moms, dads and other caring individuals – people just like you – to raise their hands and lend their voices to the fight against childhood obesity so every kid can be healthy and ready to learn. Working together, we can give kids the keys to health and academic success, one school at a time. So take the Every Kid Healthy Pledge and ask your friends and family to do the same.      Visit Action for Healthy Kids now to take the...

PTA E-Learning Library

To access our e-learning courses, you will need an online National PTA profile. For assistance with creating a profile or registering for a course, please read the e-learning registration guide. Also, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements. Para obtener instrucciones en español sobre cómo crear un perfil e inscribirse para un curso, por favor lea la Guía de inscripción para aprendizaje electrónico. PTA Essentials PTA Basics: Discover PTA’s history, structure, programs, and the issues for which it advocates. (approx. 40 min) Effective Advocacy for Your Child: Organize around local issues and address them to benefit the needs of children and your community. This course is designed for emerging local leaders, but all are welcome to attend. (approx. 30 min.) National Standards for Family School Partnerships: Explore how the National Standards for Family School Partnerships creates a framework for engaging families in meaningful ways to support student success. (approx. 30 min.) NEW! PTA Nuts and Bolts Series  Board Basics: Learn the basic governance structures behind most PTA units. (approx. 40 min.) Conceptos básicos para las juntas (Board Basics in Spanish): Aprenda las estructuras básicas de gobernación detrás de la mayoría de las unidades de la PTA. (approx. 40 min.) ¡NUEVO! Local Unit President: This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the local unit PTA president. (approx. 30 min.) NEW! Local Unit Secretary: This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the local unit PTA secretary. (approx. 30 min.) NEW! Local Unit Treasurer: This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the local unit PTA treasurer. (approx. 40 min.) NEW! Leadership Enhancement Creating and Delivering...

PTA Three for Me

Three for Me is a PTA program designed to effectively involve parents and families in support of children and their education. This program will help PTAs and parents find different ways to volunteer at home, in school, and in the community—all which support student learning. This way, parents can volunteer when they have time during the day, in the evening or on the weekends. Three for Me online resources include: Creative ways to connect all families to their child’s school and education Ideas to strengthen home-school-community partnerships Resources to motivate parent forum for program and idea sharing Helpful ways to track volunteers and the positive impact they are having on student success Get Three for Me started at your school or organization today and put a new face on parent involvement. Resources Promise Cards in English and Spanish to distribute to families who promise to volunteer. Promise Cards (fillable) Promise Cards (Spanish) Promise Cards (non-fillable) Certificates to customize and distribute to families who donate their time to volunteer. Available in English and Spanish, as well as in black and white or full color. Certificate (fillable) Certificate (Spanish) Certificate (non-fillable) Benefits for Your School is a tip sheet for families to help them understand the value of their donated time. Benefits Tipsheet Visitor Badges in English and Spanish. Visitor Badge Visitor Badge (Spanish) Additional Three for Me resources include a leader’s guide and, a volunteer tracking spreadsheet, sign in sheets, and surveys that can be customized and downloaded. Leader’s Guide Volunteer Sign-In Volunteer Badge Volunteer Survey Volunteer Hours Spreadsheet Volunteer Survey (Spanish) Background Language Not a Barrier for Hispanic Parents Looking to...

Colorado PTA: A Statewide Voice for Children

Colorado PTA was founded in 1907 as the Colorado  Congress of Mothers and  incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1915.  Since its founding, Colorado PTA has served as a nonsectarian, nonpartisan advocate for the child and for parental engagement. As the volunteer-run, state chapter  of PTA, Colorado PTA acts as the link between the national association, based in Alexandria, VA and the local school PTAs  (known as local units) located throughout the State of Colorado. As a chartered, membership-based organization, each local unit, while maintaining its own autonomy, also benefits from being supported by this state and national structure which provides valuable information, resources and   training.  Through this structure, local unit members automatically obtain membership in both Colorado PTA and National PTA as...

Mission and Vision

Mission Colorado Parent Teacher Association (Colorado PTA ) promotes the opportunity for every child to reach his or her full potential by engaging and empowering families, educators, and communities to advocate for all children. Vision Every child’s potential is a reality  ...
Purposes of PTA

Purposes of PTA

Purposes of the PTA To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship. To raise the standards of home life. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education. PTA Mission The mission of the PTA is three-fold: To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this...