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National PTA Standards Webinar Series Starts Jan. 25

January 3, 2023
Join the Center for Family Engagement and the Institute for Educational Leadership for a five-part webinar series around the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships! The series will explore the Standards through panel discussions with leading practitioners, researchers and policymakers.

Webinar 1: Welcome All Families - January 25, 2 PM EST

Webinar 2: Communicate Effectively - February 15, 2 PM EST

Webinar 3: Support Student Success - March 1, 2 PM EST

Webinar 4: Speak Up for Every Child and Share Power - March 29, 2 PM EST

Webinar 5:
Collaborate with Community - April 19, 2 PM EST

Register Now

Explore the NEW update to the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

October 6, 2022

National Standards Hexagon

The National Standards for Family School Partnerships has transformed family engagement across the country for over 20 years. The Standards gives schools guidance on how to improve family-school partnerships and sets the bar for best practices in six key tenets:

  • Welcome All Families
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Support Student Success
  • Speak Up for Every Child
  • Share Power
  • Collaborate with Community

The NEW 2022 version includes the same six key Standards, with impactful edits to the goals and indicators to best support student success and well-being. Explore the updates and related resources at

Explore the Standards

NEW Episodes of Notes from the Backpack!

September 14, 2022

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Season 7 of Notes from the Backpack is here! Listen to our season premiere focused on supporting child through school transitions, featuring Deborah Farmer Kris. Be on the lookout for new episodes every other Wednesday!

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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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