family And Community engagement
Outreach is the cornerstone of any successful PTA.
Reaching out to students and parents to provide support, services and community is the best way to maintain a healthy PTA membership and to ensure that every child has a voice in your school.
PTA’s National Standards for
Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community--Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Standard 2: Communicating effectively--Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Standard 3: Supporting student success--Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard 4: Speaking up for every child--Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Standard 5: Sharing power--Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Standard 6: Collaborating with community--Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
National PTA Programs Supporting Outreach
Website - Coalition members of PTA MORE serve as a conduit for greater father and significant male involvement, resulting in positive outcomes and successful relationships for children, parents, schools and communities. PTA MORE helps PTA leaders and units.
Three 4 Me
Website - Three for Me is a PTA program designed to effectively involve parents and families in support of children and their education. Three for Me will help schools, PTAs, parent groups, and other volunteer based organizations reach volunteer hours never thought possible. Learn how to tap into the many talents and skills that parents are happy to offer.
Take Your Family to School Week
Website - Family involvement in children's education increases student success in school--and has been at the heart of PTA since its founding in February 1897. With PTA Take Your Family to School Week, February 7-13, 2010, and the $1,897 Awards, we honor and continue our legacy of building family-school partnerships for the benefit of all children.