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Nominate Your Favorite PTA Advocate!
National PTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards ! If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work, nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA. You can also nominate yourself!
The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, Dec. 18.
Become a School Wellness Champion
Learn how to become a School Wellness Champion with USDA’s Team Nutrition’s Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Kit! The new customizable, digital toolkit includes a presentation and school flyers for parents, among other resources. Download the kit.
Parents want what’s best for their children, but many simply are unaware that missing just two days every month can lead to lower achievement.
How can you lead an effort to improve attendance at your school? Attendance Works has a free toolkit to help you start this important conversation.
Bringing Attendance Home includes handouts for parentsof preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. Each handout offers simple facts about the impact of too many absences on a child’s learning, and tips for what parents can do to support strong attendance. The flyers are in English with some in Spanish, Chinese, Creole, Marshallese, Portuguese and Somali. Find the handouts here.
Save the Date
Webinar: Safe Drinking Water in Schools—What Families Should Know
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. EST
Every family expects their kids to have access to safe drinking water at school. Unfortunately, that is not the reality in many communities across the country, where dangerous levels of lead have been found in homes and schools. Learn how you can help.
Webinar: How Elections Shift Power—Identifying and Building Relations in a New Congress
Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. EST
What does this new Congress mean for you as an advocate? Join National PTA and the Congressional Management Foundation for this exclusive webinar for PTA members on how to identify and build relationships with new members of Congress.
Webinar: Storytelling 101
Thursday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. EST
Everyone loves a good story, and every PTA member has a story about what brought them into the PTA family. Or, they have a story about how their PTA solved a problem, helped a family or improved children’s education in their community. Learn how, why and when to tell your #PTAProud story.
2017 National PTA LegCon
March 7-9, 2017
Join National PTA March 7-9, 2017 in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon).
These webinars were pre-recorded. Watch them on National PTA's YouTube.
Federal Appropriations 101
Everything You Need to Know About the School of Excellence Program
Every Child In Focus Leadership Series: Embracing Family Diversity
Every Child in Focus Leadership Series: Supporting LGBTQ Students