(Updated July 7, 2014) School is out for summer, but the work doesn't stop. I recently returned from the National PTA Convention in Austin, TX, where we elected board positions, approved a couple of bylaws changes and adopted some resolutions. Highlights from the convention will be posted shortly at www.pta.org.
This year, National PTA is asking for all units to register for their Official Back to School Kits. Please register online by following the directions at this link: http://www.pta.org/members/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4134 This kit has lots of GREAT and HELPFUL information for you as some of you take on new roles as leaders and/or committee members in your local PTA's.
Also, as you take on these new roles and responsibilities, please make sure one of your officers fill out the Unit Registration Officer Form online so that Iowa PTA has the contact information for your new officers.
I would like to personally thank you all for joining your local unit PTA and becoming part of the nation's largest child advocacy association, to speak on behalf of your child, all the children across Iowa, and all the children in the US. Iowa PTA is here to help and serve you and it helps us "bend the ears" of our state and federal political contacts with higher numbers behind us. As Iowa PTA President I want to update you on some important information.
- First, the Iowa PTA State Convention was held April 4-5, 2014. Those in attendance were treated to informative and educational workshops. Unfortunately we did not have a quorum to be able to approve the proposed bylaws changes. We hope to have a quorum at next year's convention in April, 2015, in Clinton (details yet TBD).
- Second, we will be scheduling Leadership training sessions for August and September. Watch for updates on e-mail and on the website on the following page: http://www.iowapta.org/index.php/for-leaders/leadership-training. These leadership trainings will go over PTA Leader basics, Membership, Diversity, along with touching on the facts about Common Core.
- Common Core - National PTA has fabulous resources for PTA units to use that explain Common Core from flyers to webinars to presentations. Visit this page on their website for an index of the information available http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3552. There also is a talk sheet for common questions and myths/facts about Common Core available.
- Diversity, or even better, inclusivity. Make sure your PTA meetings are very welcoming of ALL people. This includes your meeting place, meeting time, and welcome committee. Inclusivity is a GREAT way to increase your unit's membership and also a GREAT way to get new ideas on how to do things, and what new things you can try!
Hopefully you are all receiving our e-newsletter. If you are not receiving e-mail information (especially our newly developed e-newsletter), please make sure you have completed the Unit Registration Officer Form.
Thanks for all you do for all children, PTA, your school, and your local community!
Liz Mink, Iowa PTA President