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NEW Episodes of Notes from the Backpack

September 13, 2023

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Get excited! Season 8 of Notes from the Backpack is HERE! Listen now.

Catch up with previous episodes.

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Podcast Postcard in English

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Apply NOW for our 2023-24 Challenge Grant and Principal Fellowship!

August 29, 2023

National PTA's Center for Family Engagement offers a variety of grant and fellowship opportunities throughout the year as part of our ongoing effort to catalyze leaders to advance transformative family engagement in PTAs across the country. These current challenge grant and fellowship applications close Oct. 4 at 11:59 p.m. PDT

Email with questions about the challenge grant, fellowship opportunity or the application. 

2023-24 Advancing Family-School Partnerships Challenge Grant

Ready to raise the bar for how schools and families work together to support student success? National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement, with the generous support of GoGuardian, is excited to support up to 8 District/ Council/ Region (DCR) PTAs to adopt the updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships through systems change approaches with this $2,000 grant. Do not miss the opportunity to network with fellow DCR PTAs, build partnerships and mobilize your community to enhance family engagement practices in your locality.

Apply Now

National PTA Principal Fellowship for Family-School Partnerships

Are you / do you know an exceptional principal with a commitment to family-school partnerships? National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement, with the generous support of GoGuardian, will support up to 5 principals with a $1,500 stipend for their learning and contributions. Through this 12-month fellowship, principals will identify a local problem of practice to strengthen their leadership around family-school partnerships. Apply today to join a cohort of trailblazing school leaders in developing new family engagement resources and building your own skills and knowledge to advance family-school partnerships nationally and within your community. 

Apply Now

Have questions about the challenge grant, fellowship, and/or application?

Sign-up for a 15-minute meeting with a Center for Family Engagement staff member. 

The Center for Family Engagement Turns Five!

August 28, 2023

Center for Family Engagement  5-Year Anniversary

The Center for Family Engagement is proud of all that has been accomplished in its first five years. The Center is grateful to all PTAs and partners for your contributions and looks forward to continued collaboration in the next five years!

Want to learn more about what the Center has accomplished thus far? Check out The Center for Family Engagement's Transforming Five Years of Family Engagement Report.


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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