Sign Up For DEI Weekly Office Hours

Looking for guidance about how to begin a DEI committee at your unit, council, or district? Seeking feedback or ideas about how to make a prospective program or event as inclusive as possible? Wondering what PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings, presentations, and resources are available, and how to access them?

You can get answers to those questions and more by signing up for a slot during the DEI committee’s weekly virtual office hour, where you can speak directly with a California State PTA DEI committee member. They are available to help every Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m., starting on May 18, 2021 and continuing through the end of the term (June 29).

Spaces are limited, so sign up now! You can attend with a PTA peer, or even with your whole committee.

Click here to make an appointment.

School Reopening Briefing and Listening Session

Click here to watch a recording of this event.

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:

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:

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:

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 webinar (Password: !Mu00ns3)

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To learn more about MyPTEZ, click here.