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PTA: Advocacy 101
Webinar: Engaging Parents and Families on ESSA
How to Lobby the PTA Way! From the National PTA Video Archives
Common Core: Standards, Not Curriculum
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Common Core Overview: The Need for Improved Student Outcomes
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Reflections on the Common Core From Educators
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Common Core & English Language Arts
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Common Core & Mathematics
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School Leaders and the Common Core
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PTA Strategies for Common Core Advocacy
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Assessment and the Common Core
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Military, Mobility and the Common Core
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Raising the Bar: Implications on Test Scores with Common Core
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Highlights from the National PTA Common Core Video Series
How to Lobby the PTA Way - Introduction
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - A Short Summary
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Taking Control of the Conversation
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Discussing Priority Issues
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Preparing for the Meeting
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Pressing for a Firmer Commitment
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Working with a Non-Supporting Member of Congress
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How to Lobby the PTA Way - Closing the Meeting
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Election Guides

National Voter Registration Day: National PTA has partnered with Nonprofit VOTE to produce several resources around the election for our members.

Nonprofit VOTE, National PTA will honor National Voter Registration Day by highlighting the importance of voter registration and voting. National PTA believes voter engagement is vital, as it: advances the mission and values of the PTA, increases voter turnout numbers and helps legislators and local leaders realize the importance of PTA-related issues/priorities. National PTA encourages PTA members form across the country to engage with their communities about registering to vote and the significance of the voting process. PTA members can get involved by reviewing National PTA election guides, and by rolling out voter registration and pledge campaigns.

Voting In Your State: A state-by-state guide produced by Nonprofit VOTE that provides up to date information from state election officials on state election policies, procedures, and regulations.

Nonprofit VOTE has a wealth of election related resources for you to browse through.

These helpful manuals explain what nonprofits can and cannot do around elections, ballot measures, town halls, candidate forums and other election activities.

  • Permissible Activities Checklist / En Espanol (PDF): An overview of what nonprofits can and cannot do around elections.
  • Candidate Appearances / En Espanol (PDF): Provides guidelines on inviting candidates to appear at your events.
  • Hosting a Candidate Forum (PDF): An in-depth guide with step-by-step instructions on planning a candidate forum, including what nonprofits can and cannot do.
  • Nonprofits and Ballot Measures / En Espanol (PDF): An overview of what actions nonprofits can take around ballot measures.
  • Nonprofits, Voting, and Elections (PDF): Explains the actions that nonprofits can take surrounding voter participation and member election education.
  • Nonprofit VOTE has created a series of webinars to explain the ins and outs of nonprofit election activities.

Why You should Join a PTA

Is Your School Ready to Start a PTA?

You love your child’s school and want to make it better. As a grassroots organization, PTA begins at the local level – your child’s school. Colorado PTA is here to guide you through the steps for each local PTA to become an independent nonprofit business including requirements necessary to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. The process is unique to each potential local PTA, but there are general steps that every local PTA will take to begin chartering.

Parents Belong in PTA

Creating or Reinstating a PTA or Switching from an Unaffiliated Parent Group

To begin the process of chartering a new PTA with the Colorado PTA, contact the state office via email or call (253) 214-7410 to set up an initial meeting/phone call to discuss the process for chartering and the benefits of joining the Colorado PTA.

Issue Advocacy

Federal Legislative Advocacy- Please visit this link to sign up for Federal PTA action items that can help students today, or find your legislator.

Colorado State Legislative Advocacy

First, find your legislator. Then, you can contact them by phone, email, or mail. You may also request an in-person meeting with elected officials.