How Sitting on a Ball Helps Kids Focus and Do Better In School

Balance balls were originally developed in the 1960s for physical therapy purposes; who knew that one day they'd be recommended for children who have trouble focusing in school? But today, that's just what's happening. Balance balls might be just what the doctor ordered to help children reach their full potential in the classroom, especially for those with sensory … [Read More...]

Be Internet Awesome: Host a PTA Connected Workshop This Year!

The 2018-2019 school year officially launched our PTA Connected digital initiative. We had 200 PTAs across the country commit to hosting a Be Internet Awesome workshop. Was it a success? Two of our grantees gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a Be Internet Awesome grantee. Erin Hill, a PTA leader at Pivik PTA in Plum, Pa., shared, “When our PTA was … [Read More...]

Parents Look to Find Balance of Fun and Learning This Summer

Summer is not necessarily a season where school and learning are at the forefront of people’s minds. To many people, summer is a time for vacation, camps, barbecues and fun. Sitting in a classroom and discussing education, however, is not usually on that list. Or so you may have thought. After PTA events in Chicago and Louisville drew in large crowds earlier this … [Read More...]

What Real-Life Family Engagement Looks Like

When Heather Losneck learned that she had been selected as a National PTA Family Engagement Fellow last spring, she was overjoyed. As president of Berea-Midpark Middle School PTA in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, she was deeply interested in expanding her understanding of how school districts can support transformative family engagement. She also believed her … [Read More...]

5 Ways Your PTA Could Become a School of Excellence

Last August, 279 schools were announced as 2018-2020 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their leadership and accomplishments in building strong, effective family-school partnerships! National PTA is pleased to recognize this record number of local PTAs across the nation who have earned the two-year designation. We can’t wait to announce our 2019-2021 School of … [Read More...]

8 Steps to Becoming a School of Excellence

Are you looking to step up your PTA’s involvement in school improvement efforts? Are you already doing something meaningful in your school community, and want that hard work to be recognized? In either case, National PTA’s School of Excellence program offers customized tools to help you to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success, and … [Read More...]