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Membership in PTA is not limited to just parents. Teachers play a vital role in a child's education, but are often overlooked. Events and programs like PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is just one of the ways PTA celebrates and supports teachers. Listed below are PTA resources specifically for teachers.

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Why Schools Need PTA
Shrinking budgets. Increasing class sizes. Government mandates. The challenges of delivering quality education are daunting. There is help. It’s the PTA.

10 Reasons Why You Belong in PTA
Teachers and administrators, you belong in PTA! See our top 10 reasons why with this easy-to-read, customizable flyer.

Encourage students to explore the arts through Reflections, the nation's largest and longest running student arts program. Use PTA’s program kits and apply for grants to engage families in health and safety, literacy, bullying prevention, digital safety and STEM.
– Reason #5: Families & Educators Flyer

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Tips for Teachers on Family Engagement
Building real relationships with the families of your students isn’t always easy. This printable poster will remind you of our top six tips to keep top of mind.

Who’s Who in School
Help families know who to go to in their school community with this fun activity. It will help build strong relationships throughout the school year! Also available in Spanish.

Center for Family Engagement
Family engagement should transform the lives of every child in America. That’s why we are investing in our mission with the Center for Family Engagement.

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Does your school have a strong family-school partnership? And why does that matter? Find out by following all six standards.

Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
– Standard #3: Supporting Student Success

National Standards

Resolution on Strengthening Support of Public School Teachers
Educators should be accorded high public esteem, reflecting the value that the community places on public education.

Home Visiting – Flipping the Family Engagement Script
How do you get beyond the “predetermined zip code script” for what your students can achieve? One principal tried a radical new approach—voluntary home visits.

Creating a Safe Space for LGBT Youth
GLSEN has created a “Safe Space Kit” that provides concrete strategies that will help you support LGBTQ students, educate about anti-LGBTQ bias and advocate for changes in your school.

Teaching English Language Learners
Colorin Colorado offers a large selection of strategies, ideas, recommendations, resources, videos, and news from the ELL field.

Understanding Federal Disability and Special Needs Policy
What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act? Do you know the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP? We break all the federal policy down for you.

Assessments Training Toolkit
Parents at your school have questions about the new standards-aligned state assessments. Help them find answers with this toolkit and training and support from your state PTA. Any school can use this toolkit to educate parents on assessments.


Hosting a Site Visit for a Decisionmaker
Want to invite a school board member, superintendent, state or federal education agency staff member, or even a Member of Congress to visit your classroom? Use this guide.

National Principals Month
National Principals Month, held every October, is your opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great things that principals do.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

Teacher Appreciation Week Flyers

Award & Grant Opportunities
National PTA offers awards or grants to honor or support PTAs as they: engage families, support student success, improve the health and safety of students and families, increase access to arts education or celebrate advocacy and diversity.