Empowering Families to Support Student Success

We know that when families, schools and communities work together as partners, student achievement is boosted and children are better prepared to lead happy and productive lives. That’s why California State PTA partnered with National PTA and Univision (the nation’s leading media company serving our Spanish-speaking parents) to offer two “Academias para … [Read More...]


American Heart Association Trains Next Generation of Lifesavers with its CPR in Schools Program

As the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the American Heart Association (AHA) shares common values with the Parent Teacher Association to advocate for our children’s health and well-being. Preparing students with lifesaving skills during an emergency situation is instrumental to our … [Read More...]


DO’s and DON’Ts of Preparing for Presentations

Best Practices for Effective Presentations – Part 1 We’ve all attended an event at least once where the presenter failed to connect with us in a meaningful way. After such presentations, we left feeling disappointed and frustrated with what seemed to have been a waste of time. No one plans or expects for presentations to turn into a disaster but the reality is … [Read More...]


The Art of Supporting Student Success

with co-author Sherri Wilson A picture is worth a thousand words! Next time you visit your school, take out your phone and take a picture of something around you that shows evidence of student success. Look at your picture. What elements of the picture lead you to believe that student success is happening in your building? Do you see examples of high quality … [Read More...]


Parent Engagement in a Future Ready School

This blog post represents my personal views and not that of my employer, the Alliance for Education, or that of the US Department of Education; the two organizations that are running Future Ready. It’s no secret. Parents are instrumental in the academic success of children. Yet , when you walk into schools across our nation, the range of parent involvement is … [Read More...]


Engage! Speaking Up for My Child

As a parent, there isn’t much that means more to you than your children. You want them to be happy, healthy and one day able to put you in a nice nursing home with an oceanfront view! We all know that it is harder and harder to find a good job without an education and the lack of a good job makes everything more difficult. As parents, we understand the value of a … [Read More...]