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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What is the Role of the Federal Government in Education?

December 18, 2020

Education is primarily a state and local responsibility in the United States. It is states and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and college...

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Book Club Suggested Reading List

December 18, 2020

Book clubs can provide PTA leaders and families in your community a chance to have discussions on important issues. The California State PTA Legislation Team wanted to further their understanding arou...

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Will There be More Money for Schools Next Year? Let’s See…

December 16, 2020

The headlines say California schools will get billions of dollars of new funding next year under Prop 98 which guarantees schools about 40% of the state budget. This is great news. But it is only part...

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Virtual Icebreakers for PTA Meetings

December 10, 2020

This article was originally published on MindTools.com. Virtual ice breakers are a great way of overcoming one of the biggest challenges of managing a remote team – that is, the lack of opportunities ...

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Inclusive Schools Week: December 7-11, 2020

December 9, 2020

This week is Inclusive Schools Week, celebrating the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students w...

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Planning and Budgeting for 2021 activities

December 8, 2020

January is a time of renewal for all. As the new year begins on the calendar, it is mid-year for your PTA, which means there is lots to do on the PTA front!  Complete and present your mid-year audit. ...

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Why Should You Attend the 2021 California State PTA Legislation Conference?

December 2, 2020

Have you considered attending Leg Con 2021, but are still on the fence? Well, here are five reasons that will convince you that attending is DEFINITELY worthwhile: This is our first-ever virtual Legis...

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What’s Happening in PTA? December 2020 Edition

December 1, 2020

We never want you to miss a training opportunity, advocacy call or webinar hosted by California State PTA, so we’ve rounded up all the PTA events happening in December here, including dates, tim...

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Online Security for PTAs: What You Need to Know

November 30, 2020

You may have received an email appearing to be from someone on your board — or that even has their actual email address — asking for some sort of financial transaction, but it wasn’t actua...

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Book Review: “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander

November 19, 2020

The CAPTA Legislation team is in the process of reading and discussing one book a month on the topic of the African American experience in the U.S. We decided to do this to educate ourselves about thi...

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Global Diversity Awareness Month: Parent Stories, Part 2

November 5, 2020

First, listen… Unit PTA leader: We decided to move to an area where my Black son would see peers and school adults who looked like him. As a PTA leader, I know the power of advocacy and partnership wi...

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Advice on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle – During COVID-19, and Year-Round

October 29, 2020

Although we’ve all learned a lot over the last eight months about how to stay healthy in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of maintain...

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Global Diversity Awareness Month: Teacher Stories, Part 1

October 27, 2020

First, listen… Educator: I use the word ‘grownups’, not parents, or mom and dads. I used to use those words but I learned that some of my students are being raised by their grandparents or other famil...

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How Next Gen Science Standards Prepare Students for Next Gen Careers

October 27, 2020

“Mom, what’s the point of taking biology if I’m not going to use anything I learn? I’m not going to be a scientist. I’m going to be a reporter.” Many of your children may ask similar questions when th...

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What’s Happening in PTA? November 2020 Edition

October 25, 2020

We never want you to miss a training opportunity, advocacy call or webinar hosted by California State PTA, so each month we are going to post information right here on our blog about dates, times and ...

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Global Diversity Awareness Month: Student Stories, Part 2

October 22, 2020

First, listen…. Student: It wasn’t until I took an AP class my sophomore year where the books we read were by authors of color. I became really interested in who gets to choose the books that I am tau...

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Global Diversity Awareness Month: Student Stories, Part 1

October 13, 2020

First, listen… Student: Whether I wear pants or a skirt, I sing the same. Does it matter if I wear pants instead of a skirt? Yes it matters to me. I don’t understand why my teacher and principal insis...

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