National PTA’s mission is focused on effective family and community engagement: to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Follow these steps to lead the PTA way:

  • Welcome all families, school staff and community members in a way that values their unique strengths, abilities and interests. PTA leaders are intentional, authentic and inclusive.
  • Communicate effectively by listening and deeply understanding the perspectives of their community’s families, teachers, administrators and students; communicating frequently and through a variety of methods—including personal outreach; and welcoming feedback.
  • Focus on student success by planning PTA programs based on what’s most important to support student achievement and well-being.
  • Identify and advocate for specific school improvements. PTA leaders serve as a resource for parents, helping them navigate the school and community and speak up for their students’ unique needs.
  • Create a board that works like a team—sharing power and growing the volunteer pool with different perspectives; resolving conflicts in a positive, productive way; showing children by example how teamwork can make their world a better place.
  • Collaborate with outside organizations or companies and provide a critical link between families, the school and the community. PTA leaders are the champions of school community and pride.

Read more leadership strategies in Ready, Set, Lead: PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships—Action Steps for the Local PTA Leader.

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