Viewing posts from: January 2014

PTAs Increase Male Involvement with WATCH D.O.G.S.

High Five to Benjamin Martin Elementary PTA in Fayetteville for being selected as the December membership theme winner.

NCPTA invited local PTA members to share male involvement and membership success stories in 2013. Angel Hoggard, PTA president at Benjamin Martin Elementary recently participated in a training and spoke to Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA, about a new WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program that they launched at their school. “This is such a wonderful program brought to us when I went to the conference in Raleigh last spring”, said Hoggard. “I came back with such enthusiasm that I knew that my school would soon be as excited as I am!”

The program is doing very well, and she was contacted by the Fayetteville Observer to come and meet some of their male PTA members. After an initial launch in September, they did not have many men sign up, but it took off after an official day with WATCH D.O.G.S. on campus! “They love the way the children respond to their presence and give them a high-five whenever they see them in the hallway,” said Hoggard.

Hoggard brags about how the program is thriving and successful, and she says that she receives positive feedback from the participants. “Thank you so much for all the training that you offer and the fact that I never feel like I am alone on my venture to improve my team and myself,” said Hoggard. “We all strive to do what is best for the children, and knowing that these men care enough to give their time lets me know that I am not the only one who cares for our children here at Ben Martin.”

10 Ways to Get Men More Involved in PTA

PTAs Win Gold Key Membership Award from NCPTA

The North Carolina PTA annually recognizes PTAs across the state for building strong teams of parent and teacher volunteers. The Gold Key Award acknowledges teams who received the Blue Key Award for 2013-2014 and added 25 new members by January 15.

Read the full list of recipients for the 2013-2014 Gold Key Award.

NCPTA Seeks Future Leaders

The NCPTA Nominating Committee is currently seeking NCPTA members who are interested in learning more about serving as an at-large member of the NCPTA board of directors.

Please contact us for more information, and a member of the Nominating Committee will respond to your inquiry with additional information. Your email should include your full name, contact information, and name of your PTA and any current PTA leadership role. Interest statements are being accepted until March 15, 2014.

National PTA Offers Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant

Smart from the Start: Community Outreach provides PTA Regions, Districts and Councils with tools and resources to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood community to improve awareness of energy balance concepts. Energy balance is finding a balance between the calories we consume through what we eat and drink and the calories we burn through physical activity.

National PTA will award 10 grants of $10,000 each to PTA Regions, Districts and Councils.

Grant Terms

Grant funding must be spent between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

How to Apply

Review the Request for Proposals for additional information about funding requirements, selection criteria, eligibility, key dates and other specific application components. Once you have reviewed the Request for Proposals, apply online. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST.

Informational Webinar

National PTA and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation will host a webinar to review the grant requirements, online application process and resources available.

PTAs that participate in one of these webinars will receive five bonus points toward their application score.

Register now:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST


Contact or call (703) 518-1221.

NCPTA Offers Vision Driven Community Training in New Hanover County

NCPTA is pleased to offer an additional Vision Driven Community Training in New Hanover County.

The training will focus on healthy living and learning with special presentations on school breakfast, local foods, and classroom energizers.  Participants will also strengthen advocacy skills and learn about PTA finance and leadership.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Cape Fear Community College
Union Station Building
502 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is closed.
Free Event

Learn more.

NCPTA Announces the Elected Officials Go to School Program

Message from Ashley Perkinson, NCPTA Lobbyist

Legislators are home from the General Assembly long session, so now is a great time to invite legislators to visit your PTA school and participate in the North Carolina PTA Elected Officials Go to School program. This program gives legislators the opportunity to gain the experience of daily routine at your school.

Participating in this program will enlighten elected officials of your school’s needs and help them better understand the conditions in your school. It is important that elected officials see the total spectrum of your school.

NCPTA believes the survival of effective public education in North Carolina is dependent upon adequate laws and resources that will provide quality education throughout our state. The Elected Officials Go to School experience should enhance elected officials’ awareness and support as they make decisions regarding public education in North Carolina.

If you are interested in putting together an Elected Officials Go to School experience at your school, please contact the NCPTA office for more detailed information on how to get started.

Access the Online Guide.

NCPTA Selects Reflections Theme Search Winners

National PTA invites student entries each year for a Reflections Theme Search. The student who submits the winning entry for 2014-2015 will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the 118th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Austin, Texas, June 19-22, 2014.

NCPTA announces the following state-level winners for the Reflections 2014-2015 Theme Search:

Collin Carter, Holly Springs High, Holly Springs

“To Serve is…”
Collin Carter, Holly Springs High, Holly Springs

“Color my world!”
Graham Carter, Holly Ridge Middle, Holly Springs

“Family Is…”
Makayla Key, Aycock Middle, Greensboro

“Because We Care…”
Kema Leonard, Kernodle Middle, Greensboro

Countdown to Take Your Family to School Week

It’s time to pull out your calendars and put your plans in motion for Take Your Family to School Week. Join National PTA and families Feb. 17-21, 2014, for this important week that focuses on strong family engagement and the importance of partnerships among parents, teachers, and school administrators.

The timing of the week honors the day PTA was founded: Feb. 17, 1897. Throughout the week, PTAs and schools are encouraged to partner to host family-focused events with an emphasis on the theme, “Supporting Student Success.”

PTAs in NC Receive $1000 Grants
Nine PTAs from North Carolina have been been selected by National PTA to receive Take Your Family to School Week Grants for $1000 each. We applaud the grant recipients and all local PTAs for their commitment to family engagement, and we look forward to hearing your plans for Take Your Family to School Week.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. NCPTA is proud to have nine of approximately 50 nationally selected PTAs right here in our state!

  • Apex Middle School PTA, Apex
  • Centennial Campus Middle School PTA, Raleigh
  • Cone Elementary School PTA, Greensboro
  • Conn Elementary PTA, Raleigh
  • E K Powe Elementary PTA, Durham
  • Paisley IB Magnet School PTSA, Winston-Salem
  • Pine Valley Elementary School PTA, Wilmington
  • Sunnyside Elementary School PTA, Fayetteville
  • Weatherstone Elementary PTA, Cary

NCSU Emerging Issues Forum Focuses on Teachers and the Great Economic Debate

February 10-11, 2014
Raleigh Convention Center

Participate in the Emerging Issues Forum to discuss how to train, retain, and promote a world-class teaching workforce to secure our state’s future competitiveness.

Education in our state has changed dramatically in recent years. Debates swarm around student achievement, quality instruction, and how best to help our next generation of citizens create good jobs, grow our economy, and engage in our communities.

Effective teachers can influence a student’s achievement and earnings potential throughout their life, setting them on a path for success. We need to ensure high quality, effective teachers in every classroom for every student in North Carolina.

The 2014 Emerging Issues Forum, Teachers and the Great Economic Debate, will serve as a launch pad for discussing these opportunities in our state. Speakers will provide different education perspectives from North Carolina, other states, and around the world. The forum provides an opportunity to make some decisions about the best paths forward, identify important next steps, and help move North Carolina in the right direction.

Featured Speakers

Ron Clark, Founder and Mathematics Teacher, The Ron Clark Academy
Daniel Pink, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Diane Ravitch, Research Professor, New York University and author of Reign of Error
Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Bryan Hassell, Co-Director, Public Impact
Pasi Sahlberg, Director General, Centre for Mobility and Cooperation in Helsinki, Finland

Learn More & Register

PTA Day with the Canes Benefits NCPTA Family Involvement Programs

The North Carolina PTA has teamed up again with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring you a special opportunity. Get in on the action and take advantage of big savings on tickets for this special game day!

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC

A portion of every ticket purchased through this special offer will also benefit the NCPTA family involvement programs.

Purchase Tickets Today!
Deadline to purchase tickets is March 15