• Identify community needs by surveying families and school personnel.
  • Evaluate existing programs and determine relevancy and future plans.
  • Research program providers and/or ideas aligned with identified needs and goals.
  • Adopt annual goals to increase family engagement using the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
  • Provide year-round programming to establish the PTA's focus on family engagement, not only fundraising.
  • Network with PTA Programs Leaders in your community to collaborate on common goals.

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Duties at a Glance:

By establishing committees on education, parent involvement, community concerns, health and safety, PTAs are well equipped to address issues of concern to their community. Issues like parent involvement, violence, and drug use are best handled at the local level by the parents/guardians, students, and teachers who face these challenges every day.

PTA activities and programs, including the Reflections Program, Founders Day, graduation, and community wellness fairs, are an excellent introduction to the work of the PTA to improve homes, schools, and communities. Local units can use these opportunities to increase their exposure and support beyond the base of traditional membership.

Resources and Training: