Thank Your School Leader for Their Hard Work This Year

You know the old saying, “It’s lonely at the top.” We all know the larger your constituent audience… the more demands are put on you,the harder it is to please diverse viewpoints and expectations andthe greater the understanding that you are there to make sure the needs of others are being met, not your own. And gratitude is sometimes forgotten in the … [Read More...]

Help Curb the Spread of Germs During the Colder Months

This year, flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading during the colder months. With flu symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, it is especially important for children to practice healthy habits to avoid getting sick. When children are healthy, they can be present both physically and mentally to experience the magic of learning. As we … [Read More...]

Transforming Family Engagement in High School

Even during a “normal” school year, engaging parents and caregivers of high school students can be challenging. As kids get older and more capable of organizing their own school and extracurricular lives, families often wonder what role they should play in their teen’s education. Research demonstrates a clear drop off in participation: 92% … [Read More...]

Lifetouch Memory Mission 2020: The Spirit of Giving

Giving back is at the very heart of Lifetouch. The Memory Mission has been the cornerstone of Lifetouch’s Give Back efforts since 2000. Most recently, in January 2020, 50 volunteers returned to Rio Grande, Dominican Republic to add on to a school that was built in 2016-2018. The team worked side-by-side with local construction workers to build the walls of a … [Read More...]

The National PTA Legacy: The Past, The Present, The Future—The Work that Connects Us

In my last blog, I shared with you the story of what is happening today throughout our country. A story that connects the PTA work of today with the legacy of our founders. We shared how our unique structure and our long history of serving all children and families made us the only organization perfectly situated to help meet the immediate needs of communities … [Read More...]

How Parents Feel About Assessments in a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and safety of students and educators remains at the forefront of every parent and family’s mind this school year. It’s hard to focus on anything else, but when it comes to education, these are not the only concerns. The effects of the pandemic on our students are much further reaching than simply the way in which … [Read More...]