Through National PTA’s Transformative Family Engagement & Whole Child Learning Grant, Austin Council of PTAs, Lake Washington PTSA Council, and Pinellas County Council PTA conducted listening sessions to better understand their community’s needs. National PTA partnered with the three PTAs to facilitate eight focus groups with more than 100 participants that represented diverse socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
The results were clear: Families want a greater focus on the whole child.
Families consistently shared they believe it’s important that their children developing traits like responsibility, respect, motivation, leadership, financial literacy and social skills. Parents understood that there was more to education than grades and test scores. They care about their children becoming healthy, happy adults who are good citizens and they think schools can be doing a better job at this.
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National PTA’s whole child education projects are made possible with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.