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January 12, 2021

Transparency and Engagement with Meeting Summaries

Governance. Powered by PTA. PTAs strive to involve their members and communities in the work of PTA and often post meeting minutes online to be transparent and increase engagement. Unfortunately, posting meeting minutes is risky. Instead, encourage PTAs to post meeting summaries online! What is the difference between meeting minutes and a meeting summary? Minutes are a…
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Category: Leadership


January 1, 2021

January 2021 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I love the new year. That was not always the case. In my youth, when my life was focused on science and mathematics, I thought that all of the falderal around the new year was just silly. Didn’t people understand how the calendar works, that it is all just arbitrary? The year just…
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Category: Leadership

December 14, 2020

December 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, We are rapidly approaching my favorite day of the year. As a native of Washington, I have always been very tuned into our day and night cycle. Throughout the summer we luxuriate in our long days and late evenings. We treasure the extra time we can spend on our patios, decks, and in…
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Category: Leadership



November 9, 2020

Five Key Resources for Council Leaders

Have you visited WSPTA’s online leader resources?  The WSPTA website, under the “PTA Leaders” tab, has a variety of resources to help councils educate and support local PTAs.  The “Leadership Guides” page has been recently reorganized to help you find what you need faster than ever.  Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us to suggest…
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Category: Leadership

November 9, 2020

Seven Actions for Council Advocacy

Councils play a critical role in encouraging and mobilizing advocates for children and youth.  Here are seven steps for councils to support and grow community advocacy. Learn about WSPTA’s Top 5 Legislative Priorities (and also supported issues) for 2020 – 2021 and encourage local leaders to sign up for Action Alerts. These legislative priorities have…
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Category: Advocacy , Leadership