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...]


The Power of Working Together

My first year of Presidency really consisted of a lot of learning; reading PTA Publications (newsletters, e-newspapers, magazines), exploring the NYS PTA and the National PTA websites, attending Western Region meetings, and most importantly going to PTA conferences and workshops. We only had a handful of people, who is all you really need to start a PTA, but we also … [Read More...]


Start Planning Your PTA Take Your Family to School Week, February 16-20, 2015

National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week will be from Feb. 16-20, 2015. In celebration of PTA’s Founder’s Day, this year’s theme will be Supporting Student Success, focusing on family engagement solutions that are proven to help prevent the risks associated with high school dropout rates. PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week is a great time … [Read More...]


Celebrating Connected Educators Month with Some Common Sense for Families About Digital Citizenship

At Common Sense, we often hear from parents who want to get their school or community involved in a discussion of how media, tech, and the digital world are impacting kids. But many parents don't know where to begin. Well, now you can help parents get started! Connecting Families is a new three-part program that offers everything you need to get families in your … [Read More...]


Engaging Youth in Physical Activity in Kailua, Hawaii

Reposted from the Fire Up Your Feet Blog: For Max and Mikey, twin brothers and third graders at Ka’elepulu Elementary in Kailua, Hawaii, staying active is an important part of their family’s lifestyle. The boys enjoy running with their parents and taking hikes on Hawaii’s lava fields. When their family decided to participate in Fire Up Your Feet, the boys … [Read More...]