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New Resource: Facilitating Listening Sessions Toolkit

March 23, 2020

Listening SessionsRead through the Facilitating Listening Sessions Toolkit, to discover everything you need to host a successful listening session in your community, including practical tips, helpful invitation scripts, and an agenda for a facilitator to use to guide the conversation. 

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New Episodes! Notes from the Backpack Returns with Season Two

March 17, 2020

Notes from the Backpack HostsNotes from the Backpack: a PTA Podcast returns for a second season, bringing you a new lineup of expert guests sharing real-life advice and ideas on how to support your children's learning and development.

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Welcoming our 2020 Center for Family Engagement Equity Fellows

February 14, 2020

National PTA is pleased to announce that five PTA leaders from across the country have been selected to serve as equity fellows with the Center for Family Engagement over the next year: Valentina Conetta (Connecticut), Tiffany Foster (North Carolina), Katrina Long (Georgia), Caridad (Mini) Martinez (Florida), and Heather Zirke (Ohio). The fellowship is part of National PTA’s efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion throughout PTA.

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Parents know that they play an important role in their child’s success. But traditional family engagement practices don’t always meet the needs of each and every family, nor treat them as equal partners in ensuring their child’s success. Family-School partnerships often focus primarily on academic success, but whole child development is also an essential part of the conversation.

The solution? Transformative Family Engagement.


Transformative family engagement is 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 reality.

The Four 'I's of transformative family engagement outline how your PTA can become more inclusive, individualized, integrated and impactful in its approach to family engagement.

Four Principles of Transformative Family Engagement



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