This Tool Teaches Children and Families to #BeCyberSmart

This October we celebrate both National Cyber Security Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. Through the PTA Connected initiative and with The Smart Talk tool, families have the resources to make Cyber Safety easy and to end cyberbullying for good. A new school year often can mean new worries. The good news: Cyber Safety and cyberbullying do … [Read More...]

Online Payment Dos and Don’ts for PTAs

If you visit any PTA message board, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see a post that goes something like this: “Looking to take PTA payments digital … what platform do you recommend? I hear Venmo is not great for PTAs. Is that true?” It’s a common conversation, and for good reason. Now, more than ever, PTAs are looking to take payments—including … [Read More...]

How Does a PTA Become a National School of Excellence?

The year-long commitment to becoming a National PTA School of Excellence can seem daunting, but with step-by-step guidance and as many unique project plans as there are school communities, the journey is one well-worth taking. PTAs all over the nation have led their schools to the top, showcasing their incredible dedication to improvement, consistent engagement with … [Read More...]

Q&A with J.F. Cooper Elementary PTA

Finding the Right Fundraiser for Their School With the new school year well underway, many PTAs are planning fundraisers to support their schools and their students. In this Q&A interview, Shazia Ansari, PTA President at J.F. Cooper Elementary School in New Jersey, shares her experiences with different fundraisers, plus the opportunities fundraising has … [Read More...]

Essential Tech for Better Family-School Communication

Technology has been changing our lives so quickly that it is hard to keep up! In the past decade, more teachers and administrators have begun using online gradebooks, apps, texting services, and full-service learning platforms and student information systems. Technology is powerful—it can help families support … [Read More...]

Back to School with the TV Parental Guidelines

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind the small black box filled with letters that appears in the upper left-hand side of your screen at the start of most television shows or movies you see on TV? That’s the TV Parental Guidelines, also known as the TV ratings system, helping parents to make smart decisions about which TV shows are age-appropriate for … [Read More...]