Parent Town Hall with the US Department of Education

July 26, 2021

There is a unique opportunity for parents this Thursday, July 29th at 5:00 p.m. — The National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement and the United Parent Leaders Action Networ...

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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 i...

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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 unit...

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Summer learning ideas and resources

July 13, 2021

Learning loss during the summer months is a real concern, especially after the challenging school year we’ve had. If you’re looking for ways to keep your child’s mind active over the term ...

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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 e...

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First Tasks for New PTA Officers

July 9, 2021

Getting started as a brand-new PTA officer can seem daunting at first. There’s a lot that needs to be done to get things up and running, but who does what, and in what order? This list help you ...

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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 h...

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Thank you from PTA president Celia Jaffe

June 29, 2021

Hello PTA friends and friends of California State PTA: The resilience, dedication, and creativity shown by PTA leaders during this challenging term has been exceptional. Through the pandemic, PTAs con...

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Raffle Permit Information

June 29, 2021

An opportunity drawing is a prize where everyone who comes to the event has an equal chance of winning and no one pays for a ticket. A raffle is defined as a lottery in which each participant buys a c...

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Focus on Eye Health

June 28, 2021

The biggest challenge of the last year to maintaining healthy vision has been digital eye strain. With kids being forced to switch from in-person to digitally based distance learning because of the pa...

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College and Career Readiness Summer Activity

June 25, 2021

Helping our students think about college and career readiness is a great thing to do during the summer months. The Family Engagement Commission has found a really fun resource for students in grades 5...

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Book Club Discussion: “Strangers from a Different Shore” by Ronald Takaki

June 21, 2021

Members of the California State PTA Board of Managers have been reading books that give us a deeper understanding of the effects of racial prejudice on our minority populations. We have read eight boo...

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Advocacy Agenda for Equity 2021

June 21, 2021

California State PTA believes that all children deserve a quality education regardless of the community in which they live, the color of their skin, their language, their gender identity, or their imm...

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What’s Happening in PTA? June 2021 Edition

May 28, 2021

Please find below a listing of California State PTA’s June training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members. We hope you will join us for some of these offerings: June 1, 8, 15, 2...

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Family Engagement in a Virtual World

May 14, 2021

This year was different – and Family Engagement was different, too. Families are struggling with physical and fiscal health. There were so many uncertainties about this school year – and e...

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Addressing Microaggressions to Make PTAs More Welcoming

May 13, 2021

We all want all families to feel welcome at our schools. An active middle school PTSA was committed to including all voices in their PTSA planning. They worked with their school’s Spanish-bilingual an...

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Family Engagement: It’s the Law

May 11, 2021

As PTA members, we know how important family engagement is for student and school success.  Did you know that family engagement is not just good practice? In California it’s the law!  The Califo...

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ETS Update: Spring Assessments

May 10, 2021

This article was provided by our sponsor ETS. Read more about ETS here. State tests are underway and like this school year when learning is  different—whether your child is in a school, learning at ho...

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What’s Happening in PTA? May 2021 Edition

May 10, 2021

Please find below a listing of California State PTA’s May training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members. We hope you will join us for some of these offerings: May 3-16 Conventi...

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Staying Connected with PTA Families in a Virtual World

May 10, 2021

How do we keep everyone connected when we can’t meet in person? The same way we did before: by communicating clearly and frequently, by hosting a variety of social and learning activities, and b...

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Are you feeling engaged with your school site?

April 26, 2021

Family Engagement is at the heart of what we do in PTA — but do you feel like you are running out of ideas for good programming? The Family Engagement Commission is hosting a workshop that will ...

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Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills For Stress Resilience

April 22, 2021

The Family Engagement Commission is excited to share a little teaser about its upcoming Convention workshop. You won’t want to miss the showing of the documentary “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER,̶...

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It’s Time for a Renewed Focus on the Old LCAP

April 20, 2021

This article was written by Kathleen Fay, member of the California State PTA Legislation Team. A school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important tool that requires a dis...

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School Reopening Advocacy: What Can Your PTA Do?

April 20, 2021

This article was written by Shereen Walter, California State PTA’s Director of Legislation. Now that the Governor and Legislature have come to agreement on the details surrounding the $2 billion...

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Book Club Discussion: “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo

April 5, 2021

Our Legislation Team decided that a book club would be a good way to begin discussions around race, equity, inclusion and justice. They created a list of books dealing with these topics and began to r...

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March 31st is National Crayon Day

March 31, 2021

Take some time with the family today to celebrate both National Crayon Day and the end of Arts Education Month. Our Communications Commission created these coloring sheets that highlight PTA’s advocac...

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The Importance of Civics Education

March 30, 2021

California State Board of Managers member and past Vice President of Education Mary Perry recently wrote an article for Ed100 entitled, “Are California Students Prepared for Citizenship?” She writes, ...

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What’s Happening in PTA? April 2021 Edition

March 29, 2021

Please find below a listing of California State PTA’s April training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members. We hope you will join us for some of these offerings:   Thursday...

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What’s Happening in PTA? March 2021 Edition

February 24, 2021

Please find below a listing of California State PTA’s March training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members. We hope you will join us for some of these offerings: Tuesday, March ...

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Preventing School Absenteeism: What Parents Need to Know

February 23, 2021

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or greater of the total number of days enrolled during the school year for any reason. It includes both excused, unexcused, out-of-school suspensions, ...

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 22, 2021

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resource...

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Leg Con 2021 Wrap-Up: Bringing Equity to California Public Schools

February 19, 2021

This article was written by Kitty Cahalan, President of Blair School PTSA in Pasadena (First District) “A Path to Equity” was the focus of this year’s Legislation Conference, which I attended as a loc...

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What Does President Biden’s Coronavirus Relief Plan Mean for Children and Families?

February 19, 2021

The Biden administration recently released its $1.9 trillion Coronavirus relief plan. So what does this plan mean for our children and families through the lens of equity?   Stimulus The plan calls fo...

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What’s Happening in PTA? February 2021 Edition

February 9, 2021

Please find below a listing of California State PTA’s February training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members. We hope you will join us for some of these offerings: Thursday, Fe...

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Op-Ed: 10 Things California State PTA Recommends for the Safe Reopening of Schools

February 8, 2021

It’s been almost a year since California closed school campuses. And you know who is counting? Parents, teachers, and students are counting each day with growing frustration. The California Stat...

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How Is California’s Education Budget Created?

January 25, 2021

The California State budget is complex, to say the least. How do we, as parents, help to understand it especially as it relates to education funding?  Our own former State President, Carol Kocivar, wr...

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Book Club Discussion: “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein

January 15, 2021

Our Legislation Team decided that a book club would be a good way to begin discussions around race, equity, inclusion and justice. They created a list of books dealing with these topics and began to r...

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What’s Happening in PTA? January 2021 Edition

January 1, 2021

As the new calendar year begins, California State PTA continues to offer training and advocacy opportunities for our leaders and members.  We hope you will join us for some of our offerings: Date Even...

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