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Families’ Perspectives on School Funding Report

February 22, 2021

What do families know about school funding, and what areas do they feel are adequately or inadequately funded? Families’ voices are critical to ensure that school budgets reflect a community’s needs and priorities for our students. Explore the results of our participatory action research project in our latest report.

Apply now for Diversity & Inclusion Award!

January 12, 2021

Do you know of a PTA (including your own) who has made significant progress in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion – from diversifying its membership or leadership to creating a culture of belonging to ending discriminatory practices? State, district/council/region, and local PTAs are eligible to apply and winners will receive a $1,000 award and recognition! National PTA will be accepting applications for the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Awards through March 14, 2021. Learn more, help promote, and apply now.


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New Resource: LGBTQ Glossary

December 8, 2020

National PTA partnered with the Human Rights Campaign to develop a glossary to help ensure your PTA understands and uses appropriate, affirming language to create inclusive environments for LGBTQ children and families.

LGBTQ Glossary

Notes from the Backpack Season 3 - Have You Listened Yet?

December 2, 2020

Notes from the Backpack HostsIf you haven't listened to Season 3 of Notes from the Backpack, it's time to catch up! Tune in to get expert advice on surviving and thriving during this abnormal school year! Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform:

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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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