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Make Your PTA Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how PTA/PTSAs communicate, grow and accomplish goals within their school communities. Many PTAs have successfully used web/app-based technology, software and resources to continue strong leadership and build and grow their PTA community.

National PTA applauds these efforts and has compiled resources to help you move your PTA into the virtual world. PTAs are needed now more than ever and the resources and tools on this webpage will help demonstrate your PTA's value and relevance and keep your PTA members—and mission partners—connected and focused on objectives central to the needs of the children, families and school you serve.

Run a Virtual PTA Meeting

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See #HowWePTA

 

Through food drives, virtual book fairs, advocating for special needs students and keeping school spirit up in a virtual environment, PTAs across the country are making a difference during an unprecedented time. See what they’re doing!

Join the Local PTA Leader Facebook Group

 

Want to try something new and hoping to see how another PTA did it first? Running into a thorny issue and want some advice? Post your questions in the PTA Leader Facebook Group, exclusive to PTA Leaders like you! Join now!

Join the PTA Leader Resource Hub on BAND

 

We have partnered with BAND to help PTAs be successful in a virtual space. Sign up is easy and free. Check out our resources and follow us, too!

Schedule Your PTA's Facebook Posts and Save Time

 

State and local PTAs that maintain a Facebook page offer an accessible platform for members and parents to stay engaged. Learn to efficiently manage Facebook posts in four minutes with this mini-tutorial led by National PTA Membership Committee Member Kelly Coffey. Watch now!

Get Expert Tips on the One Voice Blog

 

The National PTA Blog is a platform for our leadership, ambassadors, staff and members to share the work they do on behalf of all children. Enjoy blogs on topics including:

Tackling COVID-19 Together

 

National PTA has your back! To help ease the emerging challenges this pandemic presents, we’ve compiled resources, tools and information to support our families and teachers who are navigating working, teaching and learning at home. Learn more.

PTA Videos

 

Need a quick PTA video to show at your next event/meeting or to post on Facebook, Twitter or website? Check out the following videos that are all under two minutes long.

Every Child. One Voice.
Every Child. One Voice.
Why Join PTA?
Why Join PTA?
PTA For Your Child - Membership Campaign Launch
PTA For Your Child - Membership Campaign Launch


The Leadership Training You Need

Sign Up for National PTA’s eNewsletters

 

Be the first to hear about National PTA's advocacy efforts, grant opportunities and parenting advice. Our emails are always mobile optimized for your convenience, and we will never sell your information. Sign up!

Explore our eLearning Courses

 

More of an audio/visual learner? We have several eLearning courses that you can take on your computer or device! Explore our library of topics to learn more about your role as a local PTA leader. Our courses are also available in Spanish!

Register for the Local PTA Leader Kit

 

This comprehensive digital guide is designed to help you learn the basics of running your PTA unit. Find just about everything you need as a local PTA leader, year-round! Don’t miss the chance to level up your PTA skills with the PTA Boot Camp. Register now.

“Leading Virtually” Training Video

 

Coming Soon! Get expert ideas on ways to take advantage of online technology, software and resources to continue strong leadership.



Grow Your Membership, Virtually!

NEW PTA Membership Campaign

 

Campaign ToolkitToday, PTA’s role is more important than ever in connecting parents, teachers and administrators, and supporting critical school needs. To bolster your membership recruitment activities, we have developed a suite of English and Spanish materials.

Don't miss the new campaign toolkit that outlines how to effectively communicate the value of PTA membership, a suite of dynamic visuals and collateral materials, and a campaign rollout checklist. Take a look!

Mini Membership Training Video and Handouts

 

No time for a full eLearning course? No problem! Check out these short 15-minute training videos in the Local PTA Leader Kit. Although on several topics, all tie back to membership.



Online Programs, Made Easy

New National PTA Grant Opportunities

 

In response to our changing world, National PTA is developing PTA Programs at Home, which will offer engaging, educational and fun activities for all students and their families—with or without access to technology. Watch for more information coming soon. $1,000 grants are now available to PTAs to support their efforts to conduct these programs throughout the school year. Apply today!

PTA Reflections

 

Learn how to run your Reflections program virtually and connect to your State PTA for specific forms, deadlines and guidelines at our Start Your Program page.

STEM @ Home

 

Check out these awesome STEM activities that families can do at home.

PTA Connected

 

Build better digital citizens! Look to PTA Connected for parent-child activities that can be done remotely.

School of Excellence

 

Secure your spot on the journey to excellence! Take your PTA's COVID-19 recovery efforts to the next level. Enroll in the School of Excellence program by October 15 to align your PTA’s virtual plans with best practice in transformative family engagement. Learn more at PTA.org/Excellence.



Family Engagement, Socially Distanced

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

 

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents! Through the unique combination of expert, parent and educator guests, each Notes from the Backpack episode features engaging conversations that offer real-life advice and ideas on how to support children’s learning and development—all in parent-friendly language. Start listening.

Family Engagement in a Virtual World Webinar

 

This webinar will help your PTA pivot to virtual programming that will engage and connect your community! Watch the Recorded Webinar and Download the Slidedeck.

How to Talk About Race and Justice in America

 

Are you looking to engage in anti-racist work in meaningful ways, but not sure where to start? We have compiled resources to help you begin these conversations. Explore resources from Embrace Race, The National Museum of African American History & Culture, Common Sense Media and more. Download the PDF.

PTAs Leading the Way in Transformative Family Engagement

 

Read through our best practices guide to discover how local PTAs are transforming family engagement in their communities. Download the PDF.

Parent Perspectives on the Pandemic

 

Coming Soon! We’re putting together a white paper synthesizing recent parent surveys.