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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.

This Year's Theme is I Matter Because...




I Matter Because...

Let us know your state is hosting a Reflections program! Complete our registration form and share it with Reflections participants, of all levels, in your state! Upon registration, PTAs will be directed to the Start Your Program page for general program materials and encouraged to connect with their State PTAs for specific rules and deadlines. Registrants will not receive a confirmation email. We no longer mail out a digital toolkit.



2020-2021 Program Materials

Please note: This program year, due to the impacts of COVID-19, National PTA will accept virtual entries and typed signatures on the Student Entry Forms from State PTAs. National PTA encourages State PTAs to allow their local/district/region and council PTAs to submit works and Student Entry Forms virtually if they so choose.

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


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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.

Please ensure your information is accurate in the Student Entry Portal by completing the State Network Enrollment Form. This allows us to upload your account and permission information. Should you have concerns about your account or would like to request additional individuals be added to your account, please email Reflections@PTA.org.

Training and Resources



2020-2021 Registration Reports 

To show the wide reach of the program, we highly encourage Reflections participants, of all levels, to let National PTA know about their participation by registering. Registration runs from April 1, 2020  to Feb. 1, 2021 at PTA.org/Reflections. As a State Reflections Chair, please share this link on your State PTA’s Reflections website and encourage all to register.

The following registration report will be updated weekly. Use this information to gather registration information in your state. If you would like more detailed information, please email Reflections@PTA.org.




State Reflections Network

Get Connected!


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

Even if you have enrolled in the past, please be sure to enroll for the 2020-2021 program year. This ensures that we have an accurate understanding of who our leaders are and are able to provide you access to reports and the Student Entry Portal. 

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. 

State Reflections Network Training Materials


As you continue to support the Reflections program, remember to utilize these State Reflections Chair Network training materials.

State Reflections Network Newsletters
2020-2021 State Reflections Network Meetings
Archived State Reflections Network Meetings


Calendar

April 2020 


April 2020 - National PTA Reflections 2020-2021 Reflections Program Launches
The 2020-2021 Reflections program year, I Matter Because.... launches. The program launch will make available the upcoming program year's resources and promotional materials. The program launch also opens registration for the 2020-2021 program year. PTAs at all levels (Local, Council, Region, District and State) are encouraged to register for Reflections by February 1, 2021. While optional, PTAs that register are helping to show the wide reach of the Reflections program.  

May 2020


May 1, 2020 - 
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 Friday May 1 to hear who will be named National Awardees for the Reflections program year: Look Within.

June 2020


Update Your State Reflections Webpage
Download and customize the resources available in the State Reflections Library to update your state's Reflections webpage.  

August 2020


Award and Prize Mailing
By the end of August, National PTA will have sent checks, certificates and medallions to the 2019-2020 winners. Email Reflections@PTA.org with questions or concerns. 

September 2020


September 13 - 19, 2020 - 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, I Matter Because... Also, remember to utilize National PTA's ArtsEd resources!


Artwork Return Heroes Around Me
We will begin returning Visual Art pieces collected for the 2018-2019 Heroes Around Me program year in September. We expect all winning pieces to returned by the end of November. 

October 2020


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, 2020 - Annual Theme Search Contest
Launch your call for student theme submissions to select the 2022-2023 Reflections theme. Learn more about our annual Theme Search Contest below.

Artwork Return Heroes Around Me
We will begin returning Visual Art pieces collected for the 2018-2019 Heroes Around Me program year in September. We expect all winning pieces to returned by the end of November. 

Please note we are not collecting Visual Art pieces from the program year Look Within.
Due to concerns with COVID-19, National PTA will not be collecting physical artwork for the 2019-2020 program year Look Within. If you will not be displaying the artwork, we encourage you to return the winning Visual Arts pieces to the student artists. 

November 2020


Artwork Return Heroes Around Me
We will begin returning Visual Art pieces collected for the 2018-2019 Heroes Around Me program year in September. We expect all winning pieces to returned by the end of November. 

Mary Lou Anderson Grants Open
Two local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in matching funds for student-centered programs that increase access to high quality arts learning experiences and new pathways for students to participate in National PTA’s Reflections program. The Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant opportunity places special emphasis on increasing access to arts education among at-risk and under-served students. National PTA grant opportunities can be found at PTA.org/Grants.

December 2020


December 1, 2020 - 
National Deadline for Theme Search Submissions
Each state may submit up to five student-created themes to National PTA for the annual Theme Search Contest. Email submissions to Reflections@PTA.org.

January 2021 


January 26, 2021 - National PTA Reflections Virtual Student Arts Showcase
The national winners for the 2019-2020 Reflections program year Look Within will be celebrated during the annual Student Arts Showcase on National PTA's YouTube Channel. The event will start with a pre-show at 6:45 p.m. EST, and will officially begin at 7:00 p.m. EST. This is a free and open invitation, so please share this event RSVP with Reflections and arts enthusiasts in your state. We look forward to celebrating with you!

February 2021


February 1, 2021 - National PTA Registration Closes

PTAs at all levels (Local, Council, Region, District and State) are encouraged to register for Reflections by February 1.

March 2021


March 1, 2021 - 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 2021


National PTA Reflections 2021-2022 Reflections Program Launches

The 2021-2022 Reflections program year, I Will Change The World By..., launches. The program launch will open registration for the 2021-2022 program year and make available the upcoming program year's resources and promotional materials. 


May 2021


May 1, 2021 - 
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, I Matter Because...

June 2021


June 24– 27, 2021 - National PTA Convention & Expo 
We will celebrate Reflections and our amazing student winners at the 2021 National PTA Convention in Grapevine, TX.



Annual Theme Search Contest

The search is on for a future Reflections theme!

Students can participate in the annual Theme Search Contest according to their State PTA Reflections Program guidelines. Through our annual search process, one winning student's theme will inspire the hundreds of thousands of student artists that participate in the 2022-2023 Reflections program. The winning student will also receive a $100 award and national recognition. Check out the winning themes from the past 50+ years here.

A State’s participation in the Theme Search Contest is determined by the State Reflections Chair. Download the Theme Search Packet and get your state involved now! States can submit their top 5 entries to National PTA by emailing them to Reflections@PTA.org by 12:00 PM PST Dec. 1, 2020.

The 2020-2021 Reflections theme is I Matter Because... Thanks to Rylee Stier, from Burney Elementary School PTA in Burney, California, for her winning submission!

And congratulations to the most recent winner of the Theme Search Contest, Lydia Keel, from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah. We thank Lydia for the 2021-2022 Reflections theme, which will be I Will Change the World By...



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!




Encourage and celebrate student participation in arts education.

Learn about our winners, events and exhibits and see what you can win!

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