James Martinez, Sr. Manager of Media & Public Relations
Duval County PTAs Receive National Award for Advocacy
Work with High School Students
To be Recognized during National PTA Event
at Nation’s Capital; March 7-8
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (March 6, 2012)—National PTA® this week is recognizing the Duval County Council of PTAs in Florida for receiving the National PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award. Recognizing that the education advocates of tomorrow are in our schools today, the Council of PTAs worked to increase advocacy efforts among high school students.
The Duval County Council of PTAs established the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy to both foster leadership skills of high students and mobilize an often underutilized population—the students themselves.
Almost 200 students participated in the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy since its inception last school year. Students are provided four training sessions to learn about education advocacy issues and are equipped to write letters, make phone calls, send e-mails and ultimately meet with decision makers.
Throughout the duration of the program, student participants have the opportunity to meet with decision-makers, including state legislators during the Duval Delegation Day in Tallahassee, Florida. Last year, several student participants addressed the Duval County School Board at a budget meeting and even traveled with the School Board to meet with the State Board of Education.
The Duval County Council of PTAs will be recognized, along with other Advocacy Award recipients this week during the National PTA® Legislative Conference (March 7-8) in Washington, DC. The two-day conference provides ‘grasstop’ leaders from across the country an in-depth look at the latest National PTA Public Policy Agenda through a series of workshops, skill building trainings, panel discussions and guest speakers. Parent leaders will then visit with congressional leaders to advocate for effective family engagement in education and equity and opportunity in education for all children.
In addition, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also meet with National PTA leaders and discuss the state of education during a special keynote address. For more information about the National PTA Legislative Conference, please visit www.pta.org.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
About the Outstanding Advocacy Award
The Outstanding Advocacy Award is presented to a state PTA that, through its dedication, leadership and efforts positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy compatible with National PTA’s mission and goals. These efforts must be based on a statewide issue, involve working with multiple organizations or coalitions through grassroots collaboration, and contain a public awareness/advocacy training component for PTA members and the community at large.