Every Child in Focus Leadership Series: Hispanic Students

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Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Series

In response to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, National PTA answered the call for a Commitment to Action to make a meaningful and quantifiable contribution that increases and supports educational outcomes for Latinos/Hispanics.

National PTA knows family engagement works – research demonstrates its impact on attendance rates, reading and math test scores, high school graduation rates, pursuit of post-secondary education, and social and emotional development. That’s why one component of National PTA’s Commitment to Action is to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Univision to educate parent, school and community leaders on effective ways to empower Hispanic families to deepen their engage in student learning, as well as contribute to school and community improvements that benefit students.

In the 2015-2016 school year, National PTA, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Univision will join together to host the following events.

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Discussion Guide

ECIF - Hispanic Heritage Webinar Discussion GuideNational PTA has prepared a four-page Discussion Guide to use with the previously recorded events and webinars. Download the guide to distribute when hosting a Leadership Event, or keep it for your personal notes when watching the series.


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The following are pre-recorded Every Child in Focus Leadership events that are available for viewing any time. You can host an Every Child in Focus Leadership event in your school or community by airing these events and then hosting a conversation using PTA’s event discussion guides.

Engaging Hispanic Families in Schools, PTA and Community to Support Student Success
Much research has been conducted on the benefits of effective parent engagement. Yet many factors play into what constitutes “engagement.” This is a critical factor, especially as it applies to working with underrepresented families – those who aren’t usually seen volunteering in the classroom or attending school or community events. 
Learn how you can use the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships as a guide to connect with Hispanic families and engage interested persons a leaders in your efforts to support students and improve your school or community.

Watch this recording in a new window (YouTube)
Download this presentation's slides, year-round involvement sheet, and speaker bios (.PDF) 


Families of Hispanic Students: What is PTA and Why Should You Get Involved to Support the Children You Love? (English and Spanish)
The PTA – Parent Teacher Association – is the largest volunteer organization in the United States working since 1987 in schools nationwide to be a powerful voice for all children. All families are welcome in PTA and encouraged to participate.
Learn about the important role you play in guiding your child in school and how your involvement in PTA can you help you get the best education possible for the children you love.

Watch this recording in a new window in English; en Español (YouTube)
Download this presentation's slides in English
en Español (.PDF)


Understanding the Many Perspectives of Hispanic Families
Hispanic families in the US vary in terms of socioeconomic status, level of education, years of residence in the US and level of bilingualism. There are significant ethnic and cultural differences among Hispanic populations. Gain an understanding of the many perspectives of Hispanic families in the United States and access new strategies for effective outreach and involvement of Hispanic families in student learning and school or community improvements.

Watch this recording in a new window (YouTube)
Download this presentation's slides (.PDF)

Laura Bay, National PTA President
Geronimo Rodriguez, National PTA Board Member
Elida Perez Knapp, National PTA Associate Manager of Community Outreach


What: Clave Al Éxito – Engaging Spanish-Speaking Parents
In collaboration with partners such as the National PTA, Univision developed a mobile friendly website to empower Hispanic parents to engage in their children’s education. Clave al Éxito enables Spanish-speaking parents to better communicate with English-speaking teachers on their child’s academic progress. Features include a grade-by-grade guide on what their children should be learning each year; a Parent Academy with comprehensive videos and tools for parents to engage in their child’s education; grade-specific book recommendations; and a tool to track their child’s reading activity and share it with teachers. Watch Now to learn how to best leverage Clave al Éxito to engage Spanish speaking parents in your community.

Watch this recording in a new window in English; en Español

Armen Alvarez, National PTA Multicultural Membership Manager
JoAnn Rullan, Univision Director of Community Empowerment Initiatives
Adriana Flores-Ragade, Univision Partnership Engagement Manager

Through its Every Child in Focus initiative, National PTA is hosting a series of virtual events for PTA leaders, educators, and family and community engagement professionals to educate about effective family engagement and community outreach strategies.


Each event will feature guest speakers with real-world insights to help parent leaders, educators, and community organizations understand perspectives of families, overcome barriers to family engagement, and deepen relationships in ways that will yield new parent leaders and advocates for children.