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PTA History: 2010-Present


  • PTA received $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to educate families on the Common Core State Standards
  • National PTA teamed with Chef Jamie Oliver to produce a toolkit to combat childhood obesity
  • First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at National PTA’s Legislative Conference
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the 115th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition
  • National PTA moved its headquarters from Chicago to Alexandria, Va.
  • National PTA gain bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the introduction of the Family Engagement in Education Act
  • The Puerto Rico PTA became the 55th congress of National PTA


  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke at National PTA’s Legislative Conference
  • National PTA released Parent Guides on the Common Core State Standards for English and math, grades K–12 in English and Spanish
  • National PTA encouraged anti-bullying discussions in communities with its Connect for Respect initiative
  • The bipartisan Family Engagement in Education Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress
  • Betsy Landers was installed as National PTA President
  • Otha Thornton was chosen as National PTA President-elect, the first male African-American to hold that office
  • Eric Hargis was named National PTA Executive Director


  • National PTA launched Our Home-Our Legacy-Our Future, an unprecedented fundraising campaign.
  • Redesigned website with a modern design, easier navigation, an improved search function, social media integration and formatted for mobile and tablet devices
  • Published a digital edition of Our Children magazine
  • Revamped the family-school partnership program to offer continuous improvement to all schools, including pre- and post-implementation assessments.
  • National PTA established the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award to honor the late National PTA President who served from 2007-2009 and was one of PTA’s greatest advocates for underrepresented families and communities.