Lead a PTA Virtually

In This Section

Notes from the Backpack Podcast

Join PTA For Your Child

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

Get Great Examples

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.

There is No Wrong Way to PTA
There is No Wrong Way to PTA
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.

National PTA's Learning Labs


Dive deep into the important topics that matter to you by watching National PTA Learning Labs! Engage with experts in the field, who will offer new and helpful ideas on the issues and challenges you’re facing. Each session will include a Q&A segment with the speaker and offer tangible takeaways you can use in your efforts to support all families and students’ needs in your community.

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.

PTA Programs at Home

STEM + Families, PTA Connected and Healthy Hydration


National PTA has developed at-home models for its STEM + Families Science Festivals, STEM + Families Propelling Our World, PTA Connected Smart Talk and Healthy Hydration programs. Support your community (and grow your PTA) with engaging, educational and fun activities for all students and their families—with or without access to technology. The PTA Programs at Home models include Real-Time, At Your Own Pace and Tech-Free. Your PTA can use one or a mix of these models with families in your school community.

PTA Programs at Home materials are available to all PTAs on the STEM + Families Science Festivals, STEM + Families Propelling Our World, PTA Connected Smart Talk and Healthy Hydration webpages.

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.

School of Excellence


Secure your spot on the journey to excellence! Take your PTA’s COVID-19 recovery efforts to the next level and align your PTA’s virtual plans with best practices in transformative family engagement. Enrollment in the National PTA School of Excellence program opens May 1. 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.