Zoom Presentation: Assess Your Child’s Academic Progress After a Difficult Year

We often think of student test scores as the ending point of a student’s learning, a “final score.” But test results can actually be the start of learning.

In fact, test results can help you understand how much academic progress your child has made during the ups and downs of the last 18 months of school.

Join California State PTA and experts from ETS and Metametrics on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. for an interactive Zoom presentation where you’ll learn how to use the results of state testing to gauge your child’s academic progress after a difficult year.

During the presentation, which will be facilitated by California State PTA president Carol Green, we will share newly available, free tools designed to help you find the right level of reading and math resources based on your child’s test scores. You’ll also learn about family-friendly tools called Find-A-Book and Math@Home that will make it easy to jumpstart your child’s success this school year.

Click here to register.

Watch the June 17 Webinar: Bridging the Digital Divide

On June 17, 2021 we held an important and informative webinar about bridging the digital divide, where we discussed the impact of integrating technology into learning, and revealed highlights from the CETF-USC statewide survey on distance learning.

Featured speakers included California State PTA President Celia Jaffe, representatives from the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of the Rossier School of Education at USC.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

School Reopening Briefing and Listening Session

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On April 14 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. California State PTA and leaders of Governor Newsom’s “Safe Schools For All” team held an online briefing and listening session where we addressed safe school reopening.

During the briefing portion, we discussed statewide safe opening plans, and social-emotional and learning supports for students and families. Information and resources were provided to assist and empower parents and families to advocate on behalf of their child and school.

We also listened to the thoughts and opinions of our attendees. We heard what you need, what questions you had, and your ideas about how schools can safely reopen, stay open and help students thrive.

This briefing and listening session was facilitated by:

  • Dr. Naomi Bardach – Pediatrician and State Lead for the Safe Schools for All Team
  • Brooks Allen – Education Policy Advisor to the Governor
  • California State PTA leaders, led by Celia Jaffe, President

E-Membership Webinar

Unit, Council and District leaders: California State PTA and representatives from TOTEM, our electronic membership system, hosted an informative webinar on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Click here to watch a recording of this webinar.

As the pandemic continues, e-membership is more relevant now than ever, with most PTA functions happening virtually – including signing up new members! TOTEM makes joining PTA quick, easy and accessible to parents and families.

Please take the time to watch this webinar and learn how you can leverage all the great online features offered by TOTEM to support and grow your PTA’s membership in 2021

SkyOne Unit Perks – Limited-Time Offer

Special Limited-Time Offer for PTA Units: If your PTA opens an organizational account by March 31, 2021, SkyOne will donate $1000 to your PTA for every 10 members who open individual SkyOne accounts — plus, they’ll reimburse their PTA membership dues for the first year!

Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

Click here to view or download a shareable flyer.

To watch our recent webinar about this unique Unit Perk, click here.


Virtual School Smarts Program Launch Meeting – Nov. 20

Join us via Zoom on Friday, November 20 from 3-4:00 p.m. to learn more about the award-winning School Smarts Parent Engagement Program’s transformation to a virtual environment.

For the past 10 years School Smarts has inspired more than 10,000 parents to more deeply engage in their child’s school experience.

The seven-session School Smarts program provides training and knowledge to help parents understand how they play an integral role in their student’s educational outcomes. Each session offers opportunities for participants to share their own experiences, ask questions, and consider how they can take a more active role in their child’s education.

School Smarts graduates are able to:

  • Explain why parent involvement matters so much
  • Identify ways to prepare their child for a successful high school experience to support college and career possibilities
  • Summarize ways to learn how their child is doing in school
  • Describe how to cultivate relationships with the school board, principal, teachers and staff
  • Share how to prepare for a successful parent-teacher conference
  • State different ways to practice leadership within a school community
  • And, much, much more!

This Zoom meeting offers the opportunity to check out the School Smarts program for yourself, and find out how to bring the program to the families in your school community.

Click here to register today: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcuGorTopGdMZpgcZRQCfDZi0xNjGnbtO

October 29 Webinar: “Arts Education in the New Normal: Essential Resources for Right Now”

UPDATE: To watch a recording of this webinar, click here.
Join us for an interactive webinar on Thursday, October 29 at 4:30 pm in which California State PTA and our partner agencies will discuss the newest resources and essential information about arts education in the new landscape of distance learning.
Participants will be the first to access the newly revised Parent Guide to the new Arts Standards!
Featured speakers include:
  • Erin Jenks, California State PTA
  • Sarah Anderberg, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
  • Letty Kraus, California Department of Education
  • Aaron Bryan, Fresno County Superintendents Office
  • Pat Wayne, Create CA

Attend the ACSA/PTA Family Engagement Webinar on October 21

Please join us on October 21 from 4:00-5:00 pm for a webinar about communication and family engagement strategies and resources during the pandemic.

This webinar is being co-hosted by California State PTA and the Association of California School Administrators (ASCA), and panelists will include:

  • Celia Jaffe, President of California State PTA
  • Carol Green, President-Elect of California State PTA
  • Javier Montijo, PTA Ninth District
  • Lisa Borrego, San Juan Unified School District
  • Claudia Medina, Alameda Unified School District

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SgqVDjyiQROvno0zq77CpQ

PTA Leadership Town Hall Meeting – September 21st

During the 2020-2021 year PTAs are going to look different, but will still be important! PTA connects families to your school and provides resources for students and teachers to make distance learning the best experience it can be.

To give PTA leaders and school/district administrators some of our best tips, tricks and strategies for having a great PTA term despite the current challenges, our Board of Directors hosted a Leadership Town Hall meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020called “PTA – Building Communities, Creating Connection.” 

Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.

View the PTA Leadership Town Hall presentation.

View the PTA Leadership Town Hall resources page.


Webinar: PTA History 101 – The National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and Unification

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) and the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (NCPT) to form National PTA.

To honor this anniversary, on Thursday, August 20th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 am Pacific Time) National PTA is holding a special webinar titled “PTA History 101: The National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and Unification.” In it, Dr. Christine Woyshner of Temple University and author of the book National PTA, Race, and Civic Engagement: 1897-1970 will talk about the history of the NCCPT and the behind-the-scenes process that led to the unification of the two Congresses to form today’s PTA.

The webinar will be co-hosted by National PTA President Leslie Boggs, Anna King, President-Elect, and Sylvia R. Reyna, Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Committee, who will reflect on Dr. Woyshner’s research and the lessons learned from this important history.

This history is critical for every PTA leader, so we hope that you will join us and help promote it within your networks. The webinar will be recorded and available to anyone who registers.

You can register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8875535345124786447?fbclid=IwAR0tMtSpd92Be9FV4rIXhzT-6PYP6vJ7qDFaqxsL7GAU89NrD2eqBfT55ws