Every PTA® member is asked to step up and become a service leader in their community by identifying unmet needs in their schools, developing their own service projects, and recruiting new PTA and community members who are interested in the same issues.
Volunteerism often stops at the schoolhouse door when volunteers leave the building. However, this effort is designed to encourage people to stay involved and invested over time by building effective relationships with each other through meaningful, outcome-oriented activities.
These opportunities to serve can position PTA to be involved in meaningful, sustainable and effective long-term solutions in communities across the country. These service projects will allow parents and families to collaborate on and commit to solving some of the most important and challenging issues today.
PTAs are encouraged to develop creative partnerships with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, including nonprofits, faith-based groups, issue groups, labor unions, educational institutions, businesses, corporations, foundations, and all levels of government to expand the impact of their community work.
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PTA® is renowned for supporting educational initiatives across the country. For more than 110 years members have strived to improve early childhood education, teacher quality and other issues that are important to the success of our nation’s schools. During service projects members are encouraged to engage with their schools and communities to actively, meaningfully and effectively build and expand on this legacy.
The most pressing issue facing many Americans today is the health and well-being of their families. Good health is vital to a child’s quality of life and a child’s ability to learn is directly related to his or her state of health. Inadequate health care is a barrier to education. PTA members are encouraged to provide equal access to quality, affordable and basic preventive health care which can prevent chronic disease.
The National Parent Teacher Association developed this publication as a tool for State Parent
Implementation of state policies at the local school level is among the most critical components
The purpose of this reference guide is two-fold. First, it provides families and advocates
This reference guide is structured so that you have information at your fingertips in order
State PTA leadership and child advocates can use the report to:
1. Educate PTA leadership, child and family advocates, state and local education leaders,
superintendents, principals, family outreach coordinators, Title I directors, and other
educators on state statutes on family engagement in education.
2. Train families on federal and state laws affecting family engagement so that they can
successfully advocate for their children at the school, district, and school board levels.
3. Monitor Implementation of current state and federal laws on family engagement in
education and partner with State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies to
ensure that the law is translated into effective policy and practice.
4. Identify gaps and areas within state laws that could be developed and strengthened, using
the Essential Components of Systemic Family Engagement in Education Laws and
the noteworthy statutes identified in the report as a framework.
5. Develop a policy agenda and legislative language to support effective family engagement
6. Build Coalitions among stakeholders, including school boards, teachers unions, universities,
community and faith-based organizations, and businesses to advance a family engagement
in education agenda.
7. Advocate for state laws that increase family engagement in education and use state-bystate
data in the report to support your policy agenda.
8. Share and Replicate effective state and district level advocacy strategies with other State
and local PTAs and state child advocates.
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