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Reflections Toolkit

To start a PTA Reflections program in your school community, contact your state PTA for instructions and materials. Use the 2015-2016 Reflections Toolkit to guide your PTA/PTSA and make your Reflections program a success.  

Step 1: Start the Arts

Watch this 30min video or take the Reflections Leader e-learning course to walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by your State PTA and National PTA.

Step 2: Organize and Plan Your Program 

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.

Step 3: Promoting Reflections

Announce your call for entries using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location as well as submission instructions.

Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging

First, check-in entries and review artwork for qualification. Organize entries by division and category, then assign them to a judge.

  • Welcome judges with a copy of program rules and instruct them to complete their scorecards using this rubric.
  • Ensure judges review the student's artwork title and artist statement included on the student's entry form, but do not reveal the student's name.
  • Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, Honorable Mention and Participant. 

Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants

Step 6: Wrap Up

Questions? Contact your state PTA for a Reflections Chair's Guide, state-specific dates, forms and additional information. For national award information, email or call (800) 307-4782.