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Advocating for Family Engagement


National PTA Advocacy 101
Improve your advocacy capabilities, enhance your ability to mobilize grassroots, increase your stature as a critical education reform player and have a major impact on improving educational opportunities for children.
 
Family Engagement Advocacy
Learn more about National PTA's established programs and calls for legislation that includes parents and families in every step of the decision-making process.
 
Take Action
Contact your Representatives TODAY to urge them to vote against proposed cuts to to essential education programs for students and to co-sponsor the Bill of Rights for Students and Parents Resolution.
Congressional Champions for Student Success Webinar

This webinar features a variety of speakers with unique insights into effective strategies for family engagement and family-school partnerships that have a positive impact on the success of all students.

Featured speakers: Yvonne Johnson (National PTA), Dr. Karen Mapp (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Yesenia Ramirez (Parent Teacher Home Visits), Alejandro Gibes de Gac (Springboard Collaborative), Dr. Barbara Boone (Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center) and Rose Acerra (National PTA).

Facilitating Listening Sessions Toolkit


What’s the best way to find out what families in your community want and need? Ask them ... and listen! It’s particularly important to reach out and listen to families who haven’t traditionally had a seat at the table.

The Facilitating Listening Sessions Toolkit will provide you with everything you need to know about hosting a listening session in your community. You will find practical tips, helpful invitation scripts, and an agenda for your facilitator to use to guide the conversation.

Listening Sessions

The Facilitating Listening Sessions Guide is also available in six other languages.

Essential Tech for Better Family-School Communication


Studies show that a strong family-school partnership is key to helping students reach their full potential. How are you leveraging technology to build relationships?

The Center for Family Engagement, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, the School Superintendents’ Association, and the Consortium on School Networks, have launched Essential Tech for Better Family-School Communication.

Essential Tech for Family-School Partnerships

School and District Funding

Audio Resource

It’s essential to understand the basics of education finance to effectively advocate for the needs of our school community. On Notes from the Backpack: a PTA Podcast, Dr. Marguerite Roza, Director of the Edunomics Lab, offers practical guidance on how families can stay informed about their school district’s financial decisions and how they can advocate for the priorities they care most about.

Printed Resources

If you are eager to understand school budgets, get started with Understanding & Advocating for School Funding guide. The document offers background information on education finance, answers several frequently asked questions and shares advocacy tips. If you are interested in diving deeper, explore our research findings in Families' Perspectives on School Funding.

Webinar

Download the slidedeck of our research findings below or watch the full webinar to hear the entire presentation, including a panel of PTA leaders sharing their own advocacy experiences.

A Discussion Guide to Meaningfully Engage Parents and Teachers During Times of Crisis

A Joint Project by the American Federation of Teachers & the National Parent Teacher Association

The recent crisis, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has revealed that we need to be better at effectively and meaningfully engaging key stakeholders, such as teachers and parents. AFT and PTA partnered to conduct focus groups with parents and teachers to find out how they preferred to be engaged during times of crisis. This discussion guide provides parent and teacher leaders, school principals, district administrators and community partner groups with a synopsis of our process, findings, and additional guidance to improve family and teacher engagement in times of crisis in your respective communities.

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