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  • Building Relationships Starts With Trust

    January 21, 2022

    by California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Relationships are at the core of high-quality family engagement. As a PTA leader, you must take the time to build trusting, authentic relationships with families on your campus before they buy into a …

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  • Family Engagement is a Shared Responsibility

    January 14, 2022

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement , California State PTA Whose job is it to create partnerships between families and the schools that serve them? That question has driven the work of Dr. Karen Mapp, a Harvard professor and a con …

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  • Family-School Partnership Standard #6: Collaborating With Community 

    January 7, 2022

    By Kathleen Fay, California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Consultant The PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships offer best practices for increasing authentic family engagement in our schools. The sixth standard, Collaborating wi …

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  • How Your PTA Can Engage Even the Busiest Working Parents

    December 17, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement  To be as inclusive as possible, every PTA needs to provide opportunities for all parents and families to be involved. So far on the blog we’ve given you some ideas for engaging middle school fa …

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  • Family-School Partnership Standard #5: Sharing Power

    December 9, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement When families and schools work together as equal partners in decision-making, students succeed. Parents/caregivers, students, school staff, and administrators should partner to develop programs, …

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  • Family Engagement Strategies for Middle School

    December 3, 2021

    By: Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement During elementary school connecting with your child’s school and teacher can be relatively straightforward and our kids generally welcome our involvement. However, the hands-on approach of fami …

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  • Celebrate International Men’s Day By Getting Men Involved at School

    November 19, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement  Involving men on school campuses and in school activities has lasting positive impacts on children. When fathers (or other male role models) are engaged in a child’s education, attendance incre …

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  • How to Engage High School Parents in PTA

    November 12, 2021

    By Kathleen Fay, California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Consultant As kids get older, family involvement in school and in PTA tends to drop off – even as stakes grow higher. When high school PTA leaders make family engagement a central goal, …

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  • Takeaways from the Family Engagement Summit (Part 2)

    November 5, 2021

    Byline: Heather Ippolito, California State PTA Vice President for Family Engagement   At schools all over the country, educators and community members are working to build stronger connections between families and schools. We already shared some t …

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  • Finding the Right College for your Student

    October 28, 2021

    By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission A Conversation with Kelly Mattinson, Family Engagement Commission Consultant Q. How does a student find the “perfect fit” college? In most cases it’s a family decision. The choice needs to fulfill th …

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  • Takeaways from the Family Engagement Summit: Part 1

    October 22, 2021

    By California State PTA Family Engagement and Communication Commission What do focusing on equity, motivating and validating others, understanding learning goals, pivoting away from passive information, and bridging the digital divide have in common?  …

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  • Futureproof: A Book About Your Kids’ Futures (and Yours)

    October 15, 2021

    By California State PTA Family Engagement and Communication Commission   Futureproof, written by technology writer Kevin Roose, offers new perspectives and interesting food for thought on matters that shape the relationship between families and sc …

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  • Family-School Partnership Standard #4: Speaking Up for Every Child

    October 8, 2021

    by Heather Ippolito, Vice President Family Engagement Commission The fourth PTA National Standard for Family-School Partnerships calls for empowering families to speak up and advocate for their child and other children to ensure that students are treat …

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  • Sunday is Gold Star Mother’s Day

    September 24, 2021

    by Heather Ippolito, Vice President Family Engagement Commission This Sunday, September 26th is Gold Star Mother’s Day.  Gold Star Mother’s Day is designated as the last Sunday in September and is designed to honor mothers who have lost a son or daught …

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  • Back to School Week September 13-17

    September 10, 2021

    by Heather Ippolito, VP Family Engagement This coming week National PTA celebrates Back to School Week.  From September 13-17 they are hosting activities and encouraging school sites across the country to hold events to welcome students and their famil …

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  • Family-School Partnership Standard #3: Supporting Student Success

    September 3, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, VP Family Engagement As we continue our series about the  PTA National Family-School Partnership Standards  we want to remind you that we have several blog posts around this topic:  PTA National Standards for Family-School Partners …

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  • Eleven Ways to Draw a Crowd to Your PTA Meetings

    August 13, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement PTA units are always asking our state leaders “How can we get more people to attend our association meetings and events?” The Leadership Services and Family Engagement commissions teamed up and …

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  • Family Engagement: A Hot Back-to-School Topic

    August 6, 2021

    As the summer ends, many workshops, webinars, and virtual conferences are preparing educational leaders, teachers, and parents for the return to school.  Our Family Engagement Team has attended several of them.  Here are some of the take-aways: We can …

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  • Standard #1: Welcoming all families into the school community

    July 30, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, VP for Family Engagement Earlier this month we introduced the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships on the blog. You can view that article by clicking here.  Today we are going to dig a little deeper into the first …

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  • Interview with Danni Kim, National PTA Family Engagement Whole Child Fellow

    July 23, 2021

    Earlier this month National PTA announced the names of four Family Engagement Fellows from across the United States. California State PTA is proud to announce that Danni Kim from Franklin Magnet PTA in First District was selected for this prestigious p …

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  • Family Engagement in the News

    July 16, 2021

    As we gear up to head back to school, our commission has been noticing a trend in the news — there has been a great deal of talk about Family Engagement! This is exciting for all of our PTA units, as this continues to show that the work you do every d …

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  • Introduction to the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

    July 9, 2021

    National PTA is focused on transformative family engagement which is defined as “a shared effort of families, schools, and community leaders to advance programs, practices, and policies that empower every parent to make their child’s potential a realit …

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  • What is Family Engagement?

    July 2, 2021

    By Heather Ippolito, Vice President for Family Engagement In PTA we often talk about family engagement, but what does it really mean and why is it so very important?   Family engagement with schools has many definitions:   The US Department of Health a …

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