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Now Accepting Nominations

Each year, National PTA honors outstanding state, district/council/region, local and individual PTA advocates for taking action to improve the education, health, safety and well-being of every child.

Award Categories


  • Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy
  • Outstanding State PTA Advocacy
  • Outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocacy
  • Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year
  • Outstanding Youth Advocate of the Year

Do you know an individual or a PTA whose advocacy efforts over the past year have successfully engaged and empowered families and communities? Have you successfully advocated to improve the lives of children and families? If so, submit a nomination form by November 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST!

Simplified Nomination Form


National PTA has made it easier than ever to apply for our Advocacy Awards, including offering a single form for all categories.

Please see below for award category descriptions, nomination requirements and judging rubrics.

Advocacy Award

Please Note:

All nominations will be reviewed by the National PTA Legislation Committee and the National PTA President. Any PTA member may submit a nomination and presidents may nominate their own PTA. Only PTAs in good standing may be nominated. Winners will be announced in January and will be recognized at the 2023 Legislative Conference in March. 



2023 Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award


Grassroots advocacy is the cornerstone of National PTA’s mission! For over 125 years, individual PTAs have been crucial to improving the educational opportunities and general well-being of all children.

In recognition of that proud history, National PTA presents an annual award to one local, district, council or regional PTA that positively influenced legislative and/or regulatory policy, aligned with the National PTA Public Policy Platform.

Requirements 

This award will be presented to a PTA that positively impacted legislation or policy in the last year. These efforts must be based on a local or state 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.

Complete nomination forms must include:
  • Contact and PTA membership information for both the state nominated and submitting unit.
  • A brief narrative for each short answer question concerning the PTA’s advocacy on behalf of PTA.
Recommended but not required
  • At least one (3 maximum) supplemental documentation of the PTA's advocacy efforts (i.e., Op-Ed, blog post, action alert, photo, legislative action plan, etc.—get creative!) submitted to GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Please note that as part of the process, local and state PTA leaders may be contacted. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Applications must be started and completed in one session. There is no save functionality. Contact the Government Affairs team at GovtAffairs@PTA.org with any questions or concerns about the award process or nomination form.


2023 Outstanding State PTA Advocacy Award


Advocacy is the cornerstone of National PTA’s mission! State PTA advocates are crucial to improving the educational opportunities and general well-being of all children.

In recognition of the incredible work that state PTAs do every day, National PTA presents an annual award to one state PTA that positively influenced legislative and/or regulatory policy, aligned with the National PTA Public Policy Platform.

Requirements 

This award will be presented to a state PTA that positively impacted legislation or policy in the last year. 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.

Complete nomination forms must include:
  • Contact and PTA membership information for both the state nominated and submitting unit.
  • A brief narrative for each short answer question concerning the PTA’s advocacy on behalf of PTA.
Recommended but not required
  • At least one (3 maximum) supplemental documentation of the PTA's advocacy efforts (i.e., Op-Ed, blog post, action alert, photo, legislative action plan, etc.—get creative!) submitted to GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Please note that as part of the process, local and state PTA leaders may be contacted. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Applications must be started and completed in one session. There is no save functionality. Contact the Government Affairs team at GovtAffairs@PTA.org with any questions or concerns about the award process or nomination form.


2023 Outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocacy


National PTA is deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion—we know that when PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness.

In recognition of the work PTAs do to bridge disparities and be part of the solution, National PTA presents an annual award to one local, district, council or region PTA that positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy aligned with National PTA’s DEI Priorities.

Requirements 

This award will be presented to a local, district, region or council PTA that positively impacted diversity, equity and inclusion legislation or policy in the last year. These efforts must be based on a local or state issue, involve working with multiple organizations or coalitions through grassroots collaboration, and contain a public awareness/advocacy training component for the PTA’s members and the community at large.

The recipient of this award will demonstrate PTA’s mission, history, role and commitment to DEI by using authentic community engagement with underrepresented groups, actively listening to what is important to these communities, and addressing barriers to more effective communication with diverse audiences through advocacy.

Complete nomination forms must include:
  • Contact and PTA membership information for both the PTA nominated and the nominator 
  • A brief narrative for each question below concerning the PTA's advocacy on behalf of PTA (500 words or less per question)
Recommended but not required
  • At least one (3 maximum) supplemental documentation of the PTA's advocacy efforts (i.e., Op-Ed, blog post, action alert, photo, legislative action plan, etc.—get creative!) submitted to GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Please note that as part of the process, local and state PTA leaders may be contacted. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Applications must be started and completed in one session. There is no save functionality. Contact the Government Affairs team at GovtAffairs@PTA.org with any questions or concerns about the award process or nomination form.


2023 Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award


In 2008, PTA marked the passing of one of the association’s greatest child advocate leaders, former National PTA President Shirley Igo (2001-2003). Shirley was a model of public service and volunteerism throughout her life—and ensured that PTA had a voice in federal legislation. In 2001, Shirley lobbied Congress to include PTA’s definition of parent involvement, as well as provisions for parent participation, in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—No Child Left Behind Act (ESEA-NCLB). In 2003, Shirley led the way in lobbying for mandatory funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and ESEA-NCLB, applauding parent involvement provisions but expressing concern about ESEA-NCLB’s strong emphasis on testing as a primary tool for assessing school performance.

To honor Shirley, National PTA presents an annual award to an individual who exemplifies the qualities that made Shirley a true advocate for all children. The 2022 Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year award will be presented to an individual PTA member who influenced federal, state, or local policy priorities aligned with the National PTA Public Policy Platform.

Requirements 

This award will be presented to a current PTA member whose leadership and advocacy efforts positively influenced legislation or policy in the last year, in a way that aligns with the association’s mission and goals.

Complete nomination forms must include:
  • Contact and PTA membership information for both the PTA nominated and the nominator.
  • A brief narrative for each question below concerning the PTA's advocacy on behalf of PTA.
Recommended but not required
  • At least one (3 maximum) supplemental documentation of the PTA's advocacy efforts (i.e., Op-Ed, blog post, action alert, photo, legislative action plan, etc.—get creative!) submitted to GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Please note that as part of the process, local and state PTA leaders may be contacted. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Applications must be started and completed in one session. There is no save functionality. Contact the Government Affairs team at GovtAffairs@PTA.org with any questions or concerns about the award process or nomination form.


2023 Outstanding Youth Advocate of the Year Award


Advocacy is the cornerstone of National PTA’s mission, and advocates at every level and age play an integral role in the association’s efforts. The involvement of our nation's youth is particularly important, as youth both provide a fresh perspective and develop skills to be the leaders of tomorrow.

In recognition of the contributions of our nation’s youth, National PTA presents an annual award to one young leader who exemplifies the qualities of creativity, leadership and dedication.

Requirements

This award will be presented to an individual who is under the age of 18, or still in high school at the time of nomination. The nominee must be a current PTA/PTSA member who has positively affected policy or change in their school or community in the last year, in a way that aligns with PTA’s mission and goals.

Complete nomination forms must include:
  • Contact and PTA membership information for both the nominee and submitting unit.
  • A brief narrative for each question below concerning the PTA's advocacy on behalf of PTA.
Recommended but not required
  • At least one reference with a letter of recommendation (3 maximum) and documentation of advocacy efforts, such as Op-Eds and Letters-to-the Editor written by the nominee, awards received, blog posts, action alerts, etc., submitted to GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Please note that as part of the process, local and state PTA leaders may be contacted. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Applications must be started and completed in one session. There is no save functionality. Contact the Government Affairs team at GovtAffairs@PTA.org with any questions or concerns about the award process or nomination form.


PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award


The PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award is given to two Members of Congress each year (bicameral, bipartisan) in recognition of outstanding leadership related to child and education advocacy. 

Congressional award winners are nominated and selected by the National PTA Legislation Committee and National PTA President.