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Listen to Notes from the Backpack Season 5 NOW!

September 16, 2021

Back to School with the CDC

New episodes of the official National PTA podcast Notes from the Backpack are coming out every other week! Don't miss our season premiere with the CDC's Captain Erin Sauber-Schatz.

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Enroll in Schools of Excellence by October 15th!


The enrollment deadline for the School of Excellence program is soon approaching! National PTA has engineered the program to provide PTAs step by step guidance to help you identify and reach your goals AND earn national recognition. Enroll at and email with any questions.

“School of Excellence provides guidelines and strategies to increase student achievement by virtue of effective parental involvementExceptional support and experiences!” Derrick Manning, Forest Park High School Principal 

New Webisode: 10 Minutes to PTA the Transformative Way

May 21, 2021

Our YouTube series features tips to help parent leaders make their family engagement efforts more transformative! Check out the latest video, “Let's Talk About Community Partnerships" featuring PTA Leader, Carolyn Nelson Goedert.

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PTA Leader Carolyn Nelson Goeder

Four Principles of Transformative Family Engagement

Parents know that they play an important role in their child’s success. But traditional family engagement practices don’t always meet the needs of each and every family, nor treat them as equal partners in ensuring their child’s success. Family-School partnerships often focus primarily on academic success, but whole child development is also an essential part of the conversation.

The solution? Transformative Family Engagement.

Transformative family engagement is a shared effort of families, schools and community leaders to advance programs, practices and policies that empower every parent to make their child’s potential a reality.

The Four 'I's of transformative family engagement outline how your PTA can become more inclusive, individualized, integrated and impactful in its approach to family engagement.

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