Learn more about California State PTA’s organizational and advocacy goals for 2019-2021.
This guide will help you in preparing a resolution for potential review, vote and adoption by delegates to the California State PTA Annual Convention.
Resolutions call attention to a problem and a need for action on a particular issue. They are a major source of policy for the California State PTA and its units, councils and districts. If a problem or situation has statewide implications affecting children and youth and warrants PTA action, a convention resolution is one way to authorize action.
What makes the “PTA difference” so much better for schools? There are many other parent groups, but only one PTA. For more than one hundred years, PTA has made a difference in the lives of all children and families. And only PTA offers your members, school and community the connected network of leaders and experts.
Founders’ Day is February 17 of each year — and a special time to reflect on the value of PTA.
Resources for Your PTA
- 2021 Founders’ Day Graphic #1
- 2021 Founders’ Day Graphic #2
- 2021 Founders’ Day Graphic #3
- 2021 Founders’ Day Graphic #3 (transparent)
- Founders’ Day History — Background information about the celebration
- Celebrating National PTA Founders’ Day, from National PTA
- Tips for Planning a Founders’ Day Event, from Missouri PTA
- Value of PTA Flier — Available in six languages
- History of PTA — Information on PTA advocacy and accomplishments for all children
- Honorary Service Awards — Honor outstanding local volunteers, members and leaders on Founders’ Day
- Courtesy of PTA Graphics — Individual graphics highlight some of PTA’s many accomplishments: general, arts education, child-labor laws, immunizations, juvenile-justice services, kindergarten, public-health service, school-lunch program and school safety.
In 2017, PTA celebrated 120 years of advocacy. Although this webinar below may be a little old, it offers great information that can be used year after year.
Share How Your PTA Is Celebrating
Share how your PTA is celebrating! Let us know what you have planned and submit your PTA events, success stories and news.
California State PTA is continuing to move forward with its online membership system to make joining and renewing PTA membership at the local level easier for parents, families and community members.
With more than 90 percent of our local PTA leaders asking for a simplified electronic membership system in last year’s Unit Leader Survey, we heard you loud and clear! We are pleased to announce that California State PTA and Moonlight Labs are currently building out our membership system. The new system will be optional and make joining and renewing membership at local PTAs easy.
We have begun our quality assurance testing and the California State PTA Electronic Membership Task Force has identified the pilot districts to onboard into the new system. Additional districts will be added with a success-based model.
As a reminder, there are no changes to PTA’s membership process and the electronic system will be completely voluntary and an optional addition to our current system. We will keep you posted as we progress in this important work to build membership and strengthen PTA. Units, councils or districts will not be required to use the new system.
All of your feedback and input are being taken very seriously. Please feel free to send any questions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you posted as we progress in this important work to build membership and strengthen PTA.
Everything in one place – resources to help PTA leaders with advocacy work at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
PTA ADVOCACY – STATE AND NATIONAL
California State PTA
STATE LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FINANCE
CALIFORNIA: EDUCATION INFO AND NEWS
OVERVIEW OF EDUCATION SYSTEMS
FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION
PTA & ELECTIONS
National PTA Resources:
Ed100, free online instruction about our education system.
Students are valuable members of the California State PTA Board of Managers. As full voting members, they share their perspectives on current issues, voice their concerns and provide insights during the meetings they attend. Volunteer service as a member on the board provides students with an opportunity to further develop leadership skills within the framework and organizational structure of the California State PTA.
California State PTA is now accepting applications for students to serve on our state board. Student board members must be a high school junior or senior in the 2021-2022 school year. Selected students would serve on the California State PTA Board of Managers from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Students will not be responsible for paying for any travel expenses including transportation, lodging and meals, which will be covered by the California State PTA.
Applications are due March 15, 2021.
- Student Board Member Guidelines
- Student Board Member Interview
- Student Board Member Application (PDF)
- Online application
If you have any questions, please contact Student Involvement Committee Chair Martin Goddi at email@example.com.
Designed with council and district advocacy leaders in mind. Basic policies govern the activities of all PTAs. These policies ensure a unity of purpose through the members’ commitment to the mission, core values, purpose and goals of PTA. In addition, National PTA and the California State PTA are tax exempt under Internal Revenue. As such, they must maintain strict adherence to its requirements in order to retain that exemption. These basic policies must be a part of every PTA’s bylaws.
Download our PTA advocacy leadership guide.
Parliamentary law is an orderly set of rules for conducting meetings of organized groups for the purpose of accomplishing their goals fairly. Take advantage of our true or false test on parliamentary procedure.
Download our parliamentary procedure myths and misconceptions test.