The New Year is a great time to take stock of what you have accomplished and set new goals for the year. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some
way. We do this as individuals; why not for our PTA? It’s a new year—a fresh start and a chance to do great things for children and families.
TEN PTA RESOLUTIONS
Here are 10 PTA New Year’s resolutions to consider:
- Resolve to move toward your PTA goals: Hold a mid-term board evaluation—take some time in January to evaluate the programs and activities your PTA has done so far this school year. What has worked well? Are there still things you want to accomplish? Do you need to reevaluate your goals? Budget? Calendar? This is a great time to make sure you are on the right track and make any adjustments you might need.
- Resolve to stay on track for the next school year: It’s easy to stay busy with all the activities you have going on, but to keep your PTA healthy, check your bylaws and calendar to
ensure you are meeting your target dates for your election meeting in the spring. If you have elected your nominating committee and they are working on nominations for next year’s board, you should be in good shape. If you haven’t, now is a great time to fix that.
- Resolve to ask for help, if you need it: There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and this is the perfect time to reach out to your council or district for some support. Council and district officers would rather get a call for help in January when there is still lots of time to work through challenges. Problems tend to get bigger when we ignore them, but can often be resolved quickly when we get some help.
- Resolve to share your successes: If things are going well, let us know! Share your stories with California State PTA, your district and your council. Share your accomplishments with your fellow PTA leaders and let’s all support each other. It’s fun to celebrate the great work you are doing, and it helps give other PTAs ideas and inspiration! Consider applying for a Spotlight Award, too.
- Resolve to try something new: Explore social media for your PTA—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or something else. Read up on what other PTAs are doing and decide if your PTA wants to try something new: a new program for the students, a great family engagement activity or a new twist on a tried-and- true program.
- Resolve to learn more: California State PTA has many resources for you to learn about schools, districts, how schools work and how you can best advocate for your child and all children. Check out our School Smarts Parent Engagement Program, or new resources about California’s New School Dashboard. Learn about education at Ed100.org and don’t forget the great PTA training, inspiration and networking that takes place at the state convention or at the state Legislation Conference.
- Resolve to share the fun: Teamwork is one of the great benefits of PTA. With the new year, look around to see if there are more people you can include on your committees, invite to activities or ask to volunteer. Let more people enjoy the privilege of contributing.
- Resolve to grow your PTA: Remember membership is a year-round activity. Think about who you haven’t asked to join your PTA. Are there new families who have moved into your community or folks you forgot to ask to join? Have all your school-board members joined? Are there a few teachers you can remind? Remember, not every member needs to volunteer. The more members we have, the stronger our voice as we advocate for all children. Take a look at membership marketing resources and incentive challenges.
- Resolve to leave a legacy: PTA’s legacy is long and substantial because we share our vision. Plan to attend the California State PTA Annual Convention in Ontario this April. The convention offers great workshops, resources, exhibits, networking opportunities and more. You can participate in the decisions of California State PTA. Build your PTA knowledge and that of your friends and colleagues. It takes all of us.
- Resolve to celebrate: You work hard at the most important job there is—raising the next generation. Having a positive impact on your children and families is worth celebrating. Thank you. We all appreciate all you do!
If you haven’t done everything perfectly up until now, you’re just like the rest of us (not perfect). Don’t beat yourself up about what you should have done—just start fresh and do better from now on. That’s the great thing about a new year. It’s a fresh start! Celebrate and thank you!