Hello PTA Leaders and Members!
I am Shellie Pike, the current Iowa PTA President. I live in Cedar Rapids with my loving husband, Ryan, and our two children, David and Caitlynn.
I would like to start by saying THANK YOU. Whether you are currently serving a local unit, or are a PTA member in a local unit, it is through the efforts of each of you together we will be able to fulfill the mission of PTA and "Make Every Child's Potential a Reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children."
It is an exciting time, both locally and federally, as we begin to gear up for a new school year.
Congress is expected to take action on the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This bill would replace and update the current No Child Left Behind law. The reauthorization will ensure opportunity for every child in this country; strengthen our nation economically; and expand support for schools, teachers, and principals, as well as accountability for the progress of all students. Both National PTA and Iowa PTA support this legislation. Please consider writing your congressman and supporting this legislation.
Additionally, as local leaders begin to prepare for the school year, National PTA has launched their Digital Back to School Kit. The kit includes interactive resources to help your local PTA kick-start a winning school year. It also, contains the same advice and quick-reference-guides that you have come to expect, information that will help PTAs deepen their impact and venture into new territory. The kit is user-friendly and contains content such as printable and shareable tools, forms, and checklists. There is no registration process for the kit this year, simply go to www.ptakit.org
Iowa PTA is in the process of setting up Leadership Training Events designed to assist local unit leaders in effectively managing their units. All Leadership Training Sessions are open to any PTA member and are free of charge. The Leadership Training will provide an overview of how to properly manage your PTA unit what you can do to remain in compliance, an introduction to State PTA officers, and information regarding Common Core Standards. The dates for these training sessions are as follows (additional information regarding locations will be posted on our website and sent to unit officers as the time approaches):
Throughout my presidency, it is my goal for our State Board and Iowa PTA office to remain a point of contact for each of you. If you have any concerns or questions that arise, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Iowa PTA office.
Once again, thank you for all your advocacy efforts on behalf of Iowa PTA. Without you we would not be able to serve Every Child with One Voice. I look forward to serving you throughout this journey.
Shellie Pike, Iowa PTA President