E-Membership Webinar

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

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 participate in 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.

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pT26rZkIRk2ue7K_56fhvw

Listening Sessions on Race and Racism: Jan. 25-28

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of California State PTA is excited to host three Zoom “listening sessions” in January 2021 around race, racism and PTA.

We want to hear from our members of color, in order for our organization to begin to improve the PTA experience. We aim to listen to your authentic voices to help guide us in making all our members feel included, valued, and respected.

We acknowledge that our members experience PTA differently because of different aspects of their identity, so each listening session is aimed at a different racial/ethnic identity group. Each session will be a safe, confidential space for members of that particular group to honestly share, without the burden of code-switching* while participating.

  • January 25, 6:00-7:00 pm: For Black/African American/multi-racial Black persons, facilitated by a Black/African American person.
  • January 26, 6:00-7:00 pm: For those Indigenous to California lands or multi-racial Indigenous, facilitated by a person Indigenous to California.
  • January 28, 6:00-7:00 pm: For non-Indigenous, non-Black persons of color or non-Black non-Indigenous multi-racial persons, facilitated by a non-Indigenous, non-Black person of color.

*  Code-switching is the practice of changing the way you speak or act in order to fit in with the dominant cultural group 

Each session will be recorded and PTA leaders will listen to them afterward for learning purposes, but we will not divulge any personal information from any session.

Click here to read a document which explains in further detail the why and how of the listening sessions.

Who Should Participate

We are looking for both unit board members and unit non-board members, as well as council/district representatives; at least half of the participant group will be unit-level members who have not participated at the council or above levels, and at least a quarter will be unit non-board members.

We are also looking for regional representation, elementary and secondary representation, urban/rural/suburban representation, Title 1 and non Title 1 schools and districts, white-passing/non white-passing.

How to Participate

Interested persons should contact Marilyn Cachola Lucey in one of the following ways:

  • Via email to mlucey@capta.org
  • By text message to 925-708-5030
  • By phone call (please leave a message) to 925-708-5030

There is no specific application, but we do need the following from potential participants:

  • The name under which your PTA membership can be verified
  • Your email or phone number
  • Your self-identified race and self-identified gender
  • How many children you have in elementary/secondary school
  • Whether you are from an urban, rural or suburban community
  • Whether your school/school district is Title 1 or not Title 1
  • Whether you are a unit board member, a unit non-board member, or a council/district/state board member
  • Whether you are white-passing or non white-passing

Interest will be taken on a rolling basis; additional listening sessions for additional identity groups will be organized contingent on approval of PTA leadership.

Webinar: Navigating a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction – Dec. 10, 2020

CCEE will be hosting a statewide webinar this Thursday, December 10th from 4:45pm-5:30pm titled Navigating a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction: A Conversation with State Public Health Leaders.

During the webinar, state public health leaders and educators will share the latest insights and related guidance for K-12 schools, as state public health leaders share information regarding Governor Newsom’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency and Dr. Erica Pan, Acting State Public Health Officer of the California Department of Public Health will be discussing how local educational agencies can continue to safely bring students back for in-person instruction under the Elementary School Waiver Process or Cohorting Guidance.

Click here to learn more, or click here to register.

SkyOne Unit Perks – Limited-Time Offer

Special Limited-Time Offer for PTA Units: If your PTA opens an organizational account by the end of Q1 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 and enter passcode vm3B%$3Z.


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

Recording of the “MyPTEZ Made Simpler” Webinar Now Available

Whether you are new to MyPTEZ (formerly PTAEZ), the online accounting system for PTAs, or an experienced user looking for more information, you’ll want to review the recording of the “MyPTEZ Made Simpler” webinar, which took place Tuesday, August 25.

CSM, the creator of MyPTEZ, and members of the Leadership Services Commission went over both the basics of MyPTEZ and more advanced topics, including:

  • Deposits and check writing
  • Reporting options
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Uploading documents
  • Accounting for income from third-party systems like PayPal or Square
  • Handling fees related to donations

Click the following Zoom link to watch a recording of the webinarhttps://zoom.us/rec/share/_95rJJTx6kNLEpX80V3eZJUFMKbveaa8hnIZ-_EPmUYopeWcRIDOUP_wqCUST94g (Password: !Mu00ns3)

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To learn more about MyPTEZ, click here.