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December 5, 2022

December Checklist for Councils Supporting Local PTAs

Ongoing Tasks Review the 2022-23 Standards of Affiliation (SOA) Checklist.  Host a training or roundtable at council membership meetings addressing timely SOA requirements.  Offer support to local PTAs who may be struggling with any of the SOA requirements.  At each council membership meeting, share the SOA items that your council has completed to model best…
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Category: Training

December 1, 2022

December Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about the monthly financial report Actively engage in a plan for membership…
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Category: Leadership

November 1, 2022

November 2022 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Washington state’s children, youth, and families as a part of the PTA. Our members are passionate advocates for their children. They join their local PTA to improve their schools, connect with other families, and improve things for their children and youth.  I am grateful for…
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Category: Leadership

November 1, 2022

November Checklist for Councils Supporting Local PTAs

Ongoing Tasks Review the 2022-23 Standards of Affiliation (SOA) Checklist.  Host a training or roundtable at council membership meetings addressing timely SOA requirements.  Offer support to local PTAs who may be struggling with any of the SOA requirements.  At each council membership meeting, share the SOA items that your council has completed to model best…
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Category: Leadership

November 1, 2022

November Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about the monthly financial report Actively engage in a plan for membership…
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Category: Leadership

October 21, 2022

Tip of the Week – October 20

Easy Ways to be an Advocate Have you ever joined PTA, spoken to your child’s teacher, written a letter to the editor, attended a city council meeting, spoken to your school board, or spoken to any decision-maker? Then you are an advocate! An advocate is someone who speaks up for others. Good advocates share qualities…
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Category: Leadership


October 11, 2022

October 2022 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I love to plan. When I started my journey with nonprofit work in the mid-1990s, I was fortunate to be sent to facilitator training. There I learned the value and wisdom that comes from effective group processes. Collaboration is key to creating good strategic plans. We start developing our strategic plan with an…
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Category: Leadership

October 11, 2022

Council Spotlight – October 2022

Thank you to Renton PTA Council 9.11 for sharing the work of their council. We’re sure you will agree that this project aligns well with PTA’s mission! During this past summer, we applied for – and received – a $2,700 grant from the City of Renton’s Arts Commission, which we are using to provide signage…
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Category: Leadership

October 11, 2022

Tip of the Week – October 6

PTA and Elections: Help Educate Your Members When it comes to elections, PTAs can help educate members on the issues that affect the health, education, and welfare of students. Here are three easy ideas for civic engagement all PTAs and councils can do: Candidate Forums– It’s not too late to hold an online candidate forum…
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Category: Leadership