Now Accepting 2015 Advocacy Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 Advocacy Awards are now being accepted! If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or know of a local unit or state level PTA that has done great advocacy work, please nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA. Winners will be announced in January, and will receive their awards at the 2015 … [Read More...]


The Art of Communicating Effectively

With co-author Ethan Clark Listening is the most important part of communication. Try this listening activity to identify the themes presented in this Reflections award winning music composition. Click here to listen to “Becoming a Piano Teacher” by Emily DeNucci. Actively listen for three movements and see if you can recognize the message that Emily is … [Read More...]


Tips For Getting Your Tween A Cell Phone

Denise is the Program Manager at the Family Online Safety Institute. Reposted from Remember when a cell phone was a luxury? Not any more. It seems as if everyone has a cell phone. So is it any wonder your kids want one? We know your kids are ready to get their hands on a phone. But are you ready? Use these 5 tips to get prepared for your … [Read More...]

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Child Identity Theft: Don’t be so Social with Social Security Numbers

Sponsored Post LifeLock is a financial sponsor of National PTA, and has been invited to submit a blog post as part of their engagement with PTA. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service, and no endorsement is implied by this content. When my wife was pregnant, I gave my information out to everyone. My wife’s doctor. The … [Read More...]

Connected Educators Month Starter Kit

Connected Educator Month: Worldwide Free Professional Learning Every Day in October

What is Connected Educator Month? Connected Educator Month was started in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education as a way to get educators proficient with social media to improve their practice, help schools integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts, and stimulate and support innovation in the field of education. This year, … [Read More...]


ENGAGE! in the Power of Positive Thoughts

I really believe in lifelong learning. I try to model behavior for my kids to show them I really believe in it and also because it makes me a better person! The class I’m currently taking is The Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley. I’ve just started but the topic is fascinating and I can already see how parents and teachers would benefit from understanding some … [Read More...]