CCR Member Education Event Toolkit

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Host a College and Career Readiness Member Education Event

This toolkit is designed to help child advocates learn the facts about college and career-readiness and speak up to ensure that every child’s potential becomes a reality! It contains everything you need to provide a brief presentation to parents on this important topic. Use this resource for your PTA meetings, trainings, and events to promote a higher understanding of the way high standards, quality assessments, ESSA and advocacy can make a difference for all children.

After you’ve scheduled your training, invited attendees and promoted the training to your local parents, you’re ready for the big event! We also encourage you to invite your school’s principal or teacher to attend this event as they will have additional information to share and can help answer localized questions.

Step 1

Preview this toolkit a few days before your event to become familiar with the script. If you intend to show the optional video, ensure that you will have internet connection, a projector or laptop, and speakers. Download the script.

Step 2

Print a few copies of the CCR Member Education Event Sign in Sheet and enough Handouts for each attendee. There are several options – print the ones you’d like to share.

Step 3

Present at your meeting. Read the script provided to your attendees and show the video if possible (optional). Following the video, hold a brief discussion regarding the content of the videos and information that you discussed.

Please Note – several states have stipends available to help cover the costs of printing and refreshments for your event. In order to receive a stipend, you must submit a short report to a designated volunteer in your state following your event. To find out if your state has stipends available and who to contact in your state, please email:

If there are questions that you are unable to answer or if you need further information about this education issue training, the National PTA CCRI Team would be happy to assist you:

College and career-ready high school graduates must have the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in life. Parents, families, educators, employers, and policy makers now focus on these skills and knowledge to ensure students receive academic preparation, skills training, life planning, social support and resources.