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Everything Your State Needs for Reflections

Welcome to the State PTA Reflections Library, a resource for state PTA Reflections leaders who are hosting National PTA's Reflections program.

On this page, you will find template program materials for your state's Reflections program, training materials, information on our State Reflections Network, a calendar with important dates and links to resources from our arts partners.

As a state-run program, State PTA Reflections leaders are expected to develop and implement the Reflections program for Local, District, Region and Council PTAs. For specific roles and responsibilities, download the State PTA Leader's Guide.

As a first step, please register to let National PTA know you are participating and show our reach! PTAs at all levels are encouraged to register and share their involvement in the program.

2019-2020 Program Materials

Customize these resources and update your website to host a fantastic State PTA Reflections Program!

Resources for State PTAs

Resources for Local Leaders

Promo Materials

Consider taking our E-Learning Course on how to plan, promote and celebrate your Reflections program.

Visit ShopPTA.com for awards and recognition supplies.

Register your State PTA in the 2019-2020 Reflections program and post this registration link to your State Reflections Website to encourage ALL PTAs to participate.


Look Within Theme

Look Within is the 2019-2020 Theme

Student Entry Portal

The National PTA Reflections Student Entry Portal is a tool you can use to manage student entries. Your State PTA may use this portal or any other platform to collect Reflections entries from Local, District and/or Council PTAs. However, when submitting entries to the national level State PTAs must use our Student Entry Portal.  

If your State PTA chooses to use the National PTA Reflections Student Entry Portal for all levels of state submissions, it is the State PTA's responsibility to provide local units access and directions for use. Feel free to use the Student Entry Portal Guide (.doc) to train Local PTA units in using the Student Entry Portal.

2019-2020 Registration Reports 

Consider using the following registration report to gather registration information in your state. If you would like more detailed information please email Reflections@PTA.org.

  • 2019-2020 Registration Report RUNNING LIST - (will close February 1)

State Reflections Network

Get Connected!

Join National PTA and fellow State Reflections leaders by opting into our growing State Reflections Network! The State Reflections Network provides members shared learning opportunities and the latest updates and reminders from National PTA.

Enroll here to get connected!

State Reflections Network Meetings

Members of our State Reflections Chair Network are encouraged to join these meetings to share and receive helpful information throughout the Reflections program.

If you miss a webinar, you can access a recording using the links below. Additionally, a slide deck of each webinar will be provided after the webinar launches.

Calendar

April 2019


April State Reflections Network Newsletter

Catch up on important dates and information found in our April newsletter here.   

April 1, 2019 - Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grant Opens

These matching grants increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or under-served audiences. For more information, check out PTA.org/Reflections/ArtsEdTools

May 2019


May State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our May newsletter here.  

May 1, 2019 - National Awards Announced
After national-level review by nearly 50 esteemed arts professionals across the country, over 200 national awardees receive designation from National PTA. Stay tuned on May 1 to hear who will be named National Awardees for the Reflections program year: Heroes Around Me

June 2019


June State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our June newsletter here

June 20 – 23, 2019 - National PTA Convention & Expo 
We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Reflections and our amazing student winners at the 2019 National PTA Convention in Columbus, OH. Register here.

June 30, 2019 - Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grant Closes
For more information, check out PTA.org/Reflections/ArtsEdTools

July 2019


July State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our July newsletter here.  

Jul. 17, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting 
Join us to learn how you can launch your Reflections program year with success!
Webinar Recording

How to launch your statewide program (.ppt)

August 2019


August State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our August  newsletter here.  

Aug. 27, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting 
Join us to learn how you can support local Reflections program participation!  

Webinar Recording
How to support local program participation (.ppt)

Award and Prize Mailing
By the end of August, National PTA will have sent checks, certificates and medallions to the 2018-2019 winners. Email Reflections@PTA.org with questions or concerns. 

Heroes Around Me
Exhibit Artwork Collection 
Artwork from the program year Heroes Around Me will be collected and curated for the year-long virtual and physical Reflections exhibit. To learn more, visit our Awards Page

September 2019


September State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our September newsletter here.  

September 19, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting 
Join us to learn how you can support and participate in National Arts and Humanities Month  
Webinar Recording
How to support and participate in National Arts and Humanities Month

September 8-14, 2019 - National Arts in Education Week
Encourage Local PTAs to REGISTER and start their Reflections programs during National Arts in Education Week. Have fun announcing this year's theme, Look Within. Also, remember to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!

October 2019


October State Reflections Network Newsletter
Catch up on important dates and information found in our October newsletter here.  

National Arts and Humanities Month

Encourage Local PTAs to host opportunities for ALL students to participate in Reflections. Also, remember to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!

October 1, 2019 - Annual Theme Search Contest
Launch your call for student theme submissions to select the 2021-2022 Reflections theme. Learn more about our annual Theme Search Contest below.

November 2019 


November 19, 2019 - State Reflections Network Meeting

Join us to learn how to prepare for state level judging.

December 2019


December 1, 2019 - 
National Deadline for Theme Search Submissions
Each state may submit up to five themes to the annual Theme Search Contest. Email submissions to Reflections@PTA.org.

January 2020 


January 13th, 2020 - National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase and Exhibit 
The national winners for the 2018-2019 Reflections program year Heroes Around Me, along with their families, are invited to attend the annual exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. Tune into our PTA Live and consider hosting a watch party to celebrate these amazing students!

January 27, 2020 - State Reflections Network Meeting
Join us to learn how to submit state winners to national level.

February 2020


February 1, 2020 - National PTA Registration Closes

PTAs at all levels (Local, Council, Region, District and State) are encouraged to REGISTER for Reflections at PTA.org/Reflections by February 1. While optional, PTAs that register are helping to show the wide reach of the Reflections program. Last year, we registered over 5,000 PTAs. Together, let’s beat that number this year! Please consider posting the REGISTRATION LINK to your state Reflections website.

March 2020


March 1, 2020 - National Deadline for Reflections Submissions
Submit up to 30 entries to the national level using the Student Entry Portal. For details, please refer to your State Leader's Guide.


April 2020


National PTA Reflections 2020-2021 Reflections Program Launches
The 2020-2021 Reflections program year, I Matter Because..., launches. The program launch will open registration for the 2020-2021 program year and make available the upcoming program year's resources and promotional materials. 

May 2020


May 1, 2020 - 
National Awards Announced
After national-level review by esteemed arts professionals across the country, over 200 national awardees receive designation from National PTA. Stay tuned on May 1 to hear who will be named National Awardees for the Reflections program year, Look Within

June 2020


June 18 – 21, 2020 - National PTA Convention & Expo 
We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Reflections and our amazing student winners at the 2020 National PTA Convention in Louisville, KY. The traveling exhibit for the 2018-2019 program year Heroes Around Me will conclude at this point. 

Annual Theme Search Contest

Students can participate in the annual Theme Search Contest according to State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. Every year, one winning student's theme is selected by a team of National PTA volunteers. The student winner receives $100 and recognition in National PTA's awards celebration program booklet. Use the Theme Search Template to encourage your Local PTAs to participate.

Look Within is the winning theme for the 2019-2020 program year, submitted by Enashele Campbell, a Kindergartner from H. Guy Child Elementary PTA in Ogden, UT!

Congratulations to the winner of our 2020-2021 annual Theme Search Contest, Rylee Stier, a 1st Grader from Burney Elementary School in Burney, California. The 2020-2021 Reflections theme will be I Matter Because... Congratulations again to Rylee and California State PTA!

National Program Supporters

Our national program supporters offer access to regional and state level arts education experts. Connect with these state level stakeholders to garner additional support for your statewide program.

And don't forget to to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!


Proud Sponsors of National PTA’s Reflections Program

Park West Foundation