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The Transforming Family-School Partnerships with PTA's National Standards Webinar Series is BACK!

January 22, 2024

Join National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) for a continuation of our webinar series that will dive into deeper topics related to strengthening family-school partnerships through the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

National Standards Webinar Series

Our second webinar in the continuation of the series is Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. EST. Now in an election year, terms like “Parental Choice” and “SEL” are hot button topics on both sides of the aisle – but we know these are more than just buzzwords. Join us, in partnership with CASEL, to explore de-politicizing family engagement and social and emotional learning and learn about how these policies and practices are interconnected in support of kids.

The featured speakers for this webinar are:

  • Rose Acerra (Vice President, Advocacy | National PTA)
  • Dr. Joshua Garcia (Superintendent | Tacoma Public Schools)
  • Juan Carlos Ocon (Principal | Benito Juarez Community Academy)
  • Lakeisha Steele (Vice President, Policy | Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning [CASEL])
Moderated by: Jennifer Miller (Founder | Confident Parents, Confident Kids)

Announcing Our Principal Fellows and Challenge Grant Recipients!

November 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.

Congratulations to the fellowship and grant recipients and thank you to all who applied!
The National PTA Principal Fellows for Family-School Partnerships are:
  • Dr. Latonya Cooper (Fla.)
  • Demetria Geathers (Fla.)
  • Dr. Julie Haake (Ill.)
  • Katrina Long (Ga.)
  • Richard Schwartz (N.Y.)

The 2023-2024 Advancing Family-School Partnerships Challenge Grant recipients are:
  • Hillsborough County Council PTA (Fla.)
  • Huntsville Council PTA (Ala.)
  • Nassau Region PTA (N.Y.)
  • Northwest ISD Council of PTAs (Texas)
  • Orange County Council PTA (Fla.)
  • Parma Council of PTAs (Ohio)
  • Richardson ISD Council of PTAs (Texas)
  • Ventura Council of PTAs (Calif.)

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.

Share our postcards in English and Spanish.

Podcast Postcard in English

Podcast Postcard in Spanish



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 families 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.

Center for Family Engagement