Welcome to the 2020-2021 Reflections year as we ask our children and youth to express the theme “I Matter Because…” Students will find a creative outlet in the arts areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. We encourage our PTA units to lead this enriching cultural arts program, especially in these challenging times!
Family STEAM booklet!
This project is a collaboration between Illinois PTA and the Illinois State University Classrooms in Action team. The Family STEAM booklet contains projects that are geared to do at home, with the family.
These projects provide science, technology, engineering, art components and math education, and are more fun than a worksheet! While they are geared for grades K-5, adults and older children may even find themselves having fun too.
Family Reading Experience
It doesn’t have to be National Reading Month to host a PTA Family Reading Experience. Check out our NEW, interactive approach that engages the whole family in reading activities!
Parents take part in the fun with their kids and leave the event with a deeper understanding of the simple ways they can support literacy. National PTA has partnered with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to provide literacy expertise and activities to host an engaging and effective Family Reading Experience.
STEM & Families
National PTA’s STEM + 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 partners 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.
Connect for Respect
Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent bullying behavior is to create a positive school climate. School climate encompasses everything that contributes to a student’s experience with a school—from the physical building to policies, staff and peer culture.
Use the Connect for Respect (C4R) Toolkit to guide your PTA/PTSA in engaging students in improving the school climate and reducing bullying.
National PTA is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of families across the country because we know leading a healthy lifestyle is a key component to our students’ success.
The Healthy Lifestyles program offers educational resources and engagement opportunities that inform students and families on ways to make better-informed health decisions.