State PTA Family Engagement Challenge
The window for state PTAs to apply for the State PTA Family Engagement Challenge has closed. Thank you to all who have submitted.
The State PTA Family Engagement Leadership Challenge has four main phases:
Phase 1: APPLY | March – May 2019
April 16 at 11:30 a.m. OR 7:15 p.m. EDT
All state PTAs interested in this unique initiative should attend one of these brief informational webinars.
April 28 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
All applications for the State PTA Family Engagement Leadership Challenge must be submitted.
Semi-finalist interviews held to confirm commitment and shared expectations from application.
Challenge participants announced!
Phase 2: PREPARE | June - August 2019
June 3 at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Awardee state PTA presidents and family engagement innovation leads participate in a welcome and orientation webinar.
Deadline for signing Memoranda of Understanding and booking travel for the Transformative Family Engagement Institute and IEL’s National Family & Community Engagement Conference.
PTA’s Transformative Family Engagement Institute held in Reno, Nev.
IEL’s National Family & Community Engagement Conference held in Reno, NV.
One-on-one calls to develop a shared understanding of state context for family engagement, PTA roles and priorities, and draft ideas for stakeholder engagement.
Phase 3: ENGAGE | August - December 2019
Challenge participants will identify key stakeholders whose input they want to include in their leadership plans.
State PTAs will then gather input (survey, focus group, Board or Committee meetings, informal conversations, etc.).
Materials will be provided to help state PTAs develop guiding questions and track their responses.
Cohort or one-on-one calls to share progress, problem-solve, and continue learning related to transformative family engagement and leadership planning.
Phase 4: PLAN and RE-COMPETE | January - March 2020
State PTAs will draft leadership plans, using the provided template, based on their stakeholder engagement efforts.
Challenge participants will share draft plans with National PTA and one another for discussion and collective problem-solving.
Deadline for submitting final leadership plans.
Implementation awards announced.
Building on a 120-year legacy engaging families as partners and advocates in the success of all children, and in response to PTA leader input about their priorities, National PTA’s 2020 Strategic Vision includes building PTA’s body of knowledge, advocacy efforts and programmatic excellence to advance family engagement as one of PTA’s five key goals.
National PTA began an extensive planning process for this renewed focus in June 2017. As a first step, we collaborated with nearly 300 PTA leaders and members, over 50 external industry leaders in education and family engagement and each national staff member to clarify the role, desired outcomes and definitions that should guide this work. We also conducted an internal landscape assessment of PTA’s past and existing family engagement initiatives and an external landscape assessment of how PTA is situated among other family engagement advocates, practitioners and intermediaries.
Emerging from this mapping and listening was a clear need for PTA to focus on increasing demand for transformative family engagement practices among policymakers, educators and PTA members.