Student and School Success

Just like you, National PTA wants all children to succeed. That is why the goal of National PTA programs is to bring families together with school staff in a way that builds relationships and supports student success, while providing information that enriches children's education and overall well-being.

National PTA has numerous resources available to local PTAs working with their school partners to implement these standards at PTA.org/familyengagement.

Family engagement is especially critical in the support of student learning and social and emotional development. The following programs and resources help parents and other caregivers get involved and stay involved:

  • National PTA School of Excellence. The School of Excellence Program supports local PTAs as they (1) assess the current state of family-school partnership at their school, (2) work with school leaders to identify a specific priority for their efforts and (3) take effective action to enhance family-school partnerships and make a substantial, positive impact on the school environment and student success. Schools that successfully demonstrate results receive the designation of National PTA School of Excellence and enjoy recognition at the local, state and national levels.
  • Take Your Family to School Week. National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week,, encourages PTAs and school leaders across the country to open their doors to families so that they are engaged in their children’s education and overall well-being. This year’s Take Your Family to School Week is Feb. 11–17, 2018. Local PTAs will host family-focused events throughout the week. 
  • PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle. PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle, is a national effort that engages families of children in grades K–5 in fun, school-based literacy events to help them better understand reading fundamentals and give them tools to help their children become better readers. Throughout the experience, families engage in creative activities developed in partnership with reading teachers to reinforce critical literacy skills. In addition, National PTA has developed numerous activities families can do at home.
  • Parents’ Guides to Student Success. Developed in response to the Common Core State Standards, these guides provide families with grade-specific information about the key items that children should be learning in English, language arts and math. The guides also include activities for families to do at home to support learning, as well as methods for helping parents to build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher. For high school grades, the guides also provide tips for planning for college and career.
  • STEM+Families. National PTA's STEM Plus Families initiative increases access to STEM education and careers, especially among under-represented youth, by developing, evaluating and sharing effective ways to engage families in STEM experiences, while working with parents to improve access to STEM school and community learning environments. PTA's vision is that all students have the family and community support needed to access and pursue STEM opportunities and careers.