Lead the PTA Way

Lead the PTA Way!


National PTA's mission is focused on effective family and community engagement: to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Use these Effective Leadership Strategies:

  • View your work through the lens of the Four I's of Transformative Family Engagement: Inclusive, Integrated, Individualized & Impactful.
  • Welcome all families, school staff and community members in a way that values their unique strengths, abilities and interests. PTA create inclusive environments by embracing and valuing diverse perspectives and building intentional, authentic relationships.
  • Communicate effectively by listening and deeply understanding the perspectives of their community's families, teachers, administrators and students; by offering an individualized experience by communicating frequently and through a variety of methods, including personalized outreach; and by using feedback to create programs tailored to families interests and needs.
  • Focus on student success by planning PTA programs that are integrated connected and aligned with the broader education system to support student achievement and well-being.
  • Identify and advocate for specific school improvements. PTA leaders serve as a resource for parents, helping them navigate the school and community and speak up for their students' unique needs. Create a lasting impact, by providing opportunities for families to develop knowledge and skills that will enhance their children's educational experiences.
  • Create a board that works like a team by sharing power and growing the volunteer pool with different perspectives; resolving conflicts in a positive, productive way; showing children by example how teamwork can make their world a better place.
  • Collaborate with outside organizations or companies and provide a critical link between families, the school and the community. PTA leaders are the champions of school community and pride.

Read more leadership strategies in

Ready, Set, Lead: PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships—Action Steps for the Local PTA Leader.

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Transformative Family Engagement e-learning course

Complete to learn more about the Four I's.

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