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National PTA and California State PTA to Bring Together Parent and Education Leaders for Discussion on the Role of Families in Supporting Student Success

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Heidi May Wilson, Media Relations Manager

Discussion to take place during PTA Take Your Family to School Week


More than 40 years of research shows that when families are engaged and families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grows stronger. As part of their efforts to strengthen family engagement in education and build family-school partnerships, National PTA and California State PTA will bring together state and local parent and education leaders on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Los Angeles County Office of Education for a discussion on the need for increased collaboration among families, educators and administrators to support student success and school improvement.

As California implements major education reforms, including the new Local Control Funding Formula law, new standards and assessments, and a new accountability system, family engagement and family-school partnerships are more important than ever. The forum also will include discussion on effective, meaningful ways families and schools can work together to ensure successful implementation of these important reforms. 

The discussion is being held in conjunction with National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week. The weeklong initiative is designed to encourage families to visit their children’s school and spotlight the importance of partnerships among parents, teachers and administrators to student success and school improvement. The timing of the week—Feb. 16-20, 2015—honors the day PTA was founded: Feb. 17, 1897.


2-3 p.m. PST, Thursday, Feb. 19


Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

The discussion will be streamed live at


  • Otha Thornton – National PTA President
  • Dr. Arturo Delgado – Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools
  • Justine Fischer – California State PTA President-Elect
  • Josephine Lucey – California School Boards Association Immediate Past President
  • Dr. Ramona Bishop – California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators President-Elect and Vallejo Unified School District Superintendent

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 California State PTA

California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: