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  • Explaining the “WHY” for Family Engagement

    August 12, 2022

    By California State PTA Vice President for Family Engagement, Heather Ippolito, and California State PTA Family Engagement Consultant, Kathleen Fay Experienced PTA leaders know that effective family engagement is key to student success. Yet, it can be …

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  • Summer Break Learning and Activities for Families

    June 3, 2022

    by California State PTA Family Engagement Commission California PTA leaders’ top recommendations for summer break learning activities and adventures you can discover together with your child. Check out the Resource Library-  The California State PTA’s …

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  • California PTA Program Grant Helps Dunsmore Elementary Present Anti-Racism Series

    May 27, 2022

    By Colleen Hervey, Family Engagement Commission Member and Chair of Scholarship and Grants Committee This week, we’re highlighting Dunsmore Elementary School PTA which received a $2,000 Parent Education program grant from California State PTA in fall 2 …

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  • How you can have a voice in developing your school district’s LCAP

    May 20, 2022

    by Kathleen Fay, California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Consultant At this time of year, California school districts  can demonstrate their commitment to family engagement in their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP).  National PTA …

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  • Family Engagement is an Education Priority for California

    May 5, 2022

    By Kathleen Fay, California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Consultant Springtime brings warmer weather, a week off, and preparations for the future. As school districts tackle budget planning to get ready for the next school year, families are …

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  • Apply now: California’s Parent Advisory Council

    April 22, 2022

    By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission The California Department of Education is looking for parents and guardians of public-school students in Pre-K through 12th grade from a variety of communities throughout California, to serve on the …

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  • Summary of the CAAASA Conference

    April 13, 2022

    by Family Engagement Commission The California State PTA is proud to partner with the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) to support its statewide professional development summit titled: An Equitable A …

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  • 8 Tips for Families with Young Children 

    April 8, 2022

    By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Did you know that during the first three years of life, brain development is especially rapid, with more than 700 neural connections created each second? This means that more is learned — at a faster …

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  • Family Engagement Opportunities at the 2022 Convention

    April 1, 2022

    By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission The Family Engagement Commission is excited to meet you at our upcoming state convention on April 29-May 1 in Ontario! We have been planning workshops to help you take your PTA family engagement to t …

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  • Celebrating Arts in Education Month at Home

    March 24, 2022

    by California State PTA Family Engagement Commission and Arts Committee March is Arts in Education month.  Here are some resources and tips to help you celebrate: Here are five reasons to make art a part of your family time:  Art is something that all …

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  • Interview: Ways to Include and Engage the Men in Your PTA

    February 25, 2022

    Byline: LaQuisha Anderson, Family Engagement Commissioner The California State PTA Family Engagement Commission sat down with PTA dad Murali Vasudevan to discuss his experience serving in the PTA at his daughter’s schools, ABC Council PTA, and Thirty-T …

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  • Keeping Family School Partnerships Strong as COVID Challenges Continue

    February 18, 2022

    by By Kathleen Fay, California State PTA Family Engagement Commission Consultant When families are involved in their children’s education they have better outcomes and when families and schools are partners all children do better.  That’s the findings …

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  • A High School Counselor Shares Tips for Families to Help Preparing Their Child for College or Career

    February 8, 2022

    By: Family Engagement Commission A high school counselor shares tips on how families and counselors can work together for success after high school.  February 7-11 is National School Counseling Week. Kimberly Goller, a counselor at Canyon High School i …

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  • National School Counseling Week is February 7-11

    February 4, 2022

    By: Family Engagement Commission There are many people on a school campus that families should become acquainted with — one key person is the school counselor. The week of February 7th is National School Counseling Week. To help families understand mor …

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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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