Education Leadership &
Engagement

PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of PTA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen every child’s education. PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential education and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; impacting decisions affecting children’s health, safety and quality of education.

  • PTA offers STEM-based learning resources for families through the STEM +Families program, which include the STEM at Home activities, Math Nights with Mathnasium and Science Festivals.
  • PTA provides schools access to experts, resources, trainings and dozens of nationally recognized educational enrichment programs including the Family Reading Experience, in partnership with the Reading is Fundamental.
  • PTA funds the nation’s largest running student arts program Reflections, which provides students access to arts, music, literature, dance, drama, and visual arts.
  • PTA provides all families and schools access to nationally recognized programs and initiatives including: Connect for Respect to improve the school climate and reducing bullying; Healthy Lifestyles to advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity; and PTA Connected to help children act safely, responsibly and thoughtfully online.
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The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS)

The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They also stand as the values and content organizers of what Colorado sees as the future skills and essential knowledge for our next generation to be more successful. State standards are the basis of the annual state assessment. This two-page document provides brief descriptions of the history, substance, and instructional shifts of the Colorado Academic Standards and their focus on all students, all standards.

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

The standards are:

  1. Research and evidence based
  2. Clear, understandable, and consistent
  3. Aligned with college and career expectations
  4. Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  5. Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
  6. Informed by other top performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

The state has developed standards for Extended Evidence Outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Colorado also adopted Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards to support English language learners. Read the Colorado Standards! Click on a subject below and then find the grade level you’d like to see!

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

PTA’s process for building successful partnerships starts with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and consists of three steps:
  • Raising awareness about the power of family and community involvement.
  • Taking action to cultivate involvement through specific programs and practices.
  • Celebrating success as your school sees increased involvement and its impact.
  • The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Implementation Guide, a tool for empowering people to work together with an end goal of building family-school partnerships and student success. This guide should use anyone with a stake in improving schools and student achievement can use this tool: PTA leaders, parents, school administrators, school board members, community organizations, and more.

    When developed in 1997, the standards were called the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs. With a shift in focus from what schools should do to involve parents to what parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success, the updated standards were renamed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

    Standard 1

    Welcoming All Families into the School Community

    Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel connected to each other.
    Standard 2

    Communicating Effectively

    Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
    Standard 3

    Supporting Student Success

    Families and school staff collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school. Strengthening knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
    Standard 4

    Speaking Up for Every Child

    Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
    Standard 5

    Sharing Power

    Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
    Standard 6

    Collaborating With Community

    Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

    National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Implementation Guide

    The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Implementation Guide, a tool for empowering people to work together with an end goal of building family-school partnerships and student success. This guide can be used by anyone with a stake in improving schools and student achievement: PTA leaders, parents, school administrators, school board members, community organizations, and more.
    Health, Wellness & Safety

    The Health, Wellness, and Safety Committee promotes and provides access to resources and training to foster the health, wellness, and safety of students and families in our PTA communities.

    Convention

    The Convention Committee coordinates the planning and activities for the annual Colorado PTA Convention.

    Diversity & Inclusivity

    The mission of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee is to foster the growth and participation of under-represented populations in Colorado PTA and to develop an event that creates an environment and avenue for under-represented populations to form networks to support advocacy for under-represented/unrepresented.

    Bylaws

    The Bylaws Committee reviews and makes recommendations for the state bylaws and coordinates the review and approval of local units’ bylaws, including updating the bylaws templates as necessary.

    Legislative/Advocacy

    The Legislative Committee coordinates the networking, advising, advocating, and collaborating on state and national legislative issues impacting students, along with planning and coordination of the annual Legislative Conference.

    Reflections

    The Reflections Committee coordinates and plans the Reflections program along with providing training and resources for the local units’ chairs.

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    family-school-community partnerships

    The benefits of family-school-community partnerships are many: higher teacher morale, more parent involvement, and greater student success are only a few. That is why PTA developed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Implementation Guide, a tool for empowering people to work together with an end goal of building family-school partnerships and student success. The full guide provides additional details, background, research, and success stories. For each of the six National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, this online guide provides:

    1. An explanation of each standard and its importance
    2. Insights to help convince educators of the standard’s value
    3. A success story from a school community
    4. Action steps for your school community
    5. Resources to enhance your understanding

    Parent Guide to Student Success

    The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.

    Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy and mathematics, the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

  • Parent Guide to Student Success
  • Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission

    Pursuant to state law, the ECSRLC must meet at least four times per year to study issues concerning early childhood and school readiness. Topics to be studied include: health care, mental health, parental involvement, family support, child care, and early learning. The commission is required to solicit input from the public, especially from those who have expertise in early childhood and school readiness issues. The commission is also required to meet with the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, which is a group focused on improving outcomes for young children ages birth to eight, to discuss policy concerning early childhood and school readiness.

    The Colorado Department of Education

    More training, professional development, and resources provided by The Colorado Department of Education

    Family Engagement Promising Practices Training Materials

    The purpose of the Family Engagement Promising Practices Training is to help schools and districts implement comprehensive, sustainable partnership structures for student success.

    Colorado Department of Education’s PEP Conferences

    PEP brings parents and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to parenting, educating and partnering to support student learning. PEP Conferences are offered at no cost to attendees.